Thursday, February 23, 2017

How Our Eating Improved in 2017

2017 has already been a very busy year, but I’m happy to say that despite everything that’s going on, we have been eating very well. The main reason? After an overindulging second half of 2016, we started the year with a Conscious Cleanse.*

Conscious Cleanse Food Cucumber Radish Avocado Salad

The Conscious Cleanse - a food-based cleanse on which you eat plenty - and a wide - variety of food - was just the reset button we needed. I’ve been doing the Conscious cleanse regularly since January 2013.

You can read all my Conscience Cleanse posts here in reverse chronological order. A good place to start is my detailed Conscious Cleanse review.

I always love that it helps me eliminate not-so-good-for-me foods and helps me get back to unprocessed foods with a focus on vegetables and some fruit.

We eat pretty healthy year round, but things do tend to sneak back into our diet little by little, and a Conscious Cleanse is a perfect way to focus on healthy foods without doing anything extreme.

Conscious Cleanse Fish and Salad

Plus, I always pick up a few new cleanse-friendly recipes that become part of our meal rotation. During our last cleanse, we all fell in love with a cleanse-friendly Thai coconut soup and a black bean soup. I now make one or the other every week.

Here is what we “cleaned” up or improved during out last cleanse:
  • We added more veggies to our diet by starting most mornings with a green smoothie.
  • The kid finally likes fish! We now eat a small piece of baked fish twice a week, and we all love it! 
  • We rediscovered that soups make a great meal as well as a healthy snack.
  • We let go of all the “healthy" chips and crackers that had snuck back into our diet.
  • We all agree that raw veggies with homemade hummus or avocado are a perfect snack. 
  • Even though he may not be enthusiastic about all vegetables, the kid will ALWAYS eat roasted Brussels sprouts, and I often have some in the fridge.
  • I eliminated coffee - once again - and feel much calmer and better for it as I had gotten used to drinking an unhealthy amount of it.
  • I got back to serious meal prep on the weekend and on one afternoon per week. It’s a great reminder that if you have healthy foods around, you will eat them! 
  • We got used to seeing mostly produce in our shopping cart and love it! 
  • I made sure to make some time every day for self care and me time
Conscious Cleanse Food Lettuce Wraps

Spring is a great time for a cleanse, especially as part of the work you’ll be doing on the cleanse is “cleaning up” other areas of your life, not only food. I like to think of it as a sort of spring cleaning for both what you eat and how you live your life. Plus, I think drinking green smoothies and eating lots of raw foods is a lot easier when it’s just a bit warmer out.

Conscious Cleanse Food Pulled Chicken in Lettuce

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The March 2017 Conscious Cleanse* starts on March 8 with a five day optional transition period. Click here* for more information about the Conscious Cleanse and to register. If you have any questions about my experiences with the Conscious Cleanse, leave them in the comments or send me an email at andreaswellnessnotes[at]gmail.com.

If you do decide to sign up for the Conscious Cleanse, make sure to use code AND25 to get $25 off the Classic and the Classic Plus plans*.

Questions: How has your diet been during the first two months of 2017? Is there anything you would like to change or eliminate? Or maybe something you would like to add?

Click here to check out the fabulous bloggers I’m linking up with.

Be well,
Andrea

*Disclosure: I’m a Conscious Cleanse ambassador, and I will earn a commission if you sign up for the cleanse using one of my links in this post. As always, all opinions in this post are my own.

25 comments:

  1. I always find it difficult to eat lot's of vegetables in winter. In summer you can make all kinds of salads. We eat pretty healthy, but we have to work on eating less, not to over do it. Sometimes we eat to much, just because it taste so well, but when you had enough , you had enough right. We have to work on that. That the kid likes sprouts is fabulous! I love them!

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    1. Yes! Eating too much, even healthy foods, is not good. I definitely always have to work on that... And, yes, eating lots of (raw) veggies is so much easier when it's warm out!

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  2. It is great to get back on track, Andrea!!
    I find that vacations are the hardest on me because eating out is rarely healthy!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, vacations are hard! We mainly stay at our timeshare, which is nice since it has a kitchen, and we never eat more than one meal out...

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  3. I really need to add more veggies to my diet. I never thought of doing that by having a green smoothie in the morning. I also should add more fish to our dinners, I just always worry the kids won't eat it... but, maybe I need to introduce them to it. Thanks for inspiring me!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. I've introduced fish multiple times to the kid over the years. He really didn't care for it much for a long time, but during the last cleanse he started to really like cod and other white fish. He likes lemon a lot, so he enjoys a lot of lemon on it.

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  4. I also love roasted Brussels sprouts! Good for your son!

    Mary

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  5. As mostly vegetarian I already eat loads of veggies daily. I gave up chicken last year and have almost given up fish as well. I'll have fish a couple of times a month and that is enough for me. I don't eat dairy and instead focus on goat's milk dairy items if I need them.

    Like you though, I've allowed "healthy" crackers into my life and they are my downfall.

    I also like to bake and that can be deadly for a diet. Chocolate is my nemesis but I figure I can't be perfect. Ha ha!

    It is great that you are able to focus and stick to a regime.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Lots of veggies are always great. And, yes, chocolate is sooo tempting... We have a friend who makes very high quality chocolate, and we have some every day. Just important to limit it...

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  6. That food looks great! :) It's good to have a regular chance to review what you're eating and move back to a more natural baseline. It's been interesting with the boys as wanting them to eat more fruit and veggies has meant that's what we eat too - I've definitely been guilty of buying processed snacks pre-babies!

    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks, Mica! And, yes, feeding kids definitely makes you look at what you are eating in a new light!

      Have a great weekend!

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  7. Loved reading about the conscious changes you are making with your family! It sounds like they are working. I am down from 4 cups of coffee a day to about half a cup, so for me that is HUGE!!

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    1. Thanks, Elle! And, yes, reducing coffee from 4 cups to 1/2 is definitely HUGE!

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  8. This is so great! I'm trying to change my eating habits as we speak. I just wish I liked fish lol!! Happy Friday!

    Liz
    Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Have a great weekend!

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  9. Awesome Andrea! We too love fish and it's so so healthy and lean, my kids love hummus or guacamole with fresh cut veggies to dip in, a super snack! Unfortunately I still love coffee too much to give it up but to my defense, since I'm working I'm down to one cup a day...at most two, so I think that's still kinda ok...

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    1. Thanks, Katrin! I think one or two cups of coffee is totally fine. If I could limit it to that long term, I would drink one or two a day...

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  10. I need to be better with my eating habits! We don't eat fish often enough. I do love hummus and veggies as a snack!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. We didn't eat enough fish for a long time. Having the kid actually enjoy eating it has made such a difference...

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  11. I need to work on getting my family back into healthier eating. I meal prep over the weekend, but we've had less vegetables over the winter. I can't wait for the farmer's markets to open again. That's where I get most of my fresh veggies.

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    1. It's so much easier to eat tons of veggies in spring and summer!

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  12. My PC has declared us to be on a soup diet so I am making two kinds of soup a week and we are eating it, alternating between the two, and then subbing in some kind of meal with meat about once a week. I have purchased a 3 Day Cleanse that I had planned to do next week while PC is out of town but it needs to hurry and arrive. I love green veggies but not the hubs so I have started throwing spinach into my breakfast smoothies. I think we are doing a little better at eating and exercising this year...knock on wood!

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    1. I love making a couple soups a week, too. In fact, my plan was to make a big pot of black bean soup today, but somehow time got away from me. I'll have to make it tomorrow...

      Glad you guys are on a good eating and exercise track!

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