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By Renee Burchfield

 If you’re like me and most people you made a resolution, at the beginning of the month, to be healthier or lose weight. How is it going, are you still on track? Today I am going to share a lifestyle change that will help you reach your goal and is easy to stick to. The issue with most diets or programs is that they are so limited that they cannot be stuck to for a long period of time, clean eating is different in this way. When eating clean you are only eliminating 80% of the processed foods that you eat, which makes it easier to stick with.

What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is exactly that, it is removing the preservatives and chemicals that they put in foods from your diet. The food that is eaten is as close to its natural form as possible. So you are looking at whole, unprocessed, and unrefined foods. Mainly the goal is to stay away from foods that have undergone a lot of different transformations to be the product you eat. The perimeter of the store is your friend and where you will find the bulk of your clean eating foods.

Steps to get started!     

  • Drink lots of water: It is recommend about 64 ounces a day. If you don’t drink a lot of water now start by replacing one or two of your sodas or coffee a day with water.
  • Eat vegetables: Besides the obvious good things about vegetables, you can eat and eat them without adding hardly any calories to your diet.
  • Pick whole grains: Brown rice, whole wheat bread, and quinoa are examples of better options.
  • Read labels: My rule is if I can’t pronounce it, then I don’t need to eat it. Also the fewer ingredients included the cleaner the food is.
  • Reduce Sugar intake: Fruits contain a lot of natural sugar that are better for you then artificial sweeteners however they still do not need to be eaten in high amounts.

Tips to be successful:

  • Don’t dump all the highly processed foods at once: The reason is because it would cost a lot to restock you pantry, and it’ll be easier for your body to adjust to the change in your diet.
  • Cook at Home: Cooking at home allows you to be in control of what goes into your food and the amounts of each ingredient.
  • Take it one day at a time, even one meal at a time: If you mess up don’t let it ruin the rest of the day or the week. Just start back over and keep going, one or two meals will not ruin you.
  • Do it 80% of the time: It is unlikely that you will be able to eat perfectly clean all of the time. So if you make it a goal to eat most of your foods clean then you have wiggle room to eat other foods without feeling guilty.
  • Be creative: The options can get bland, so be creative and play with spices to change it up.

Some Staples to keep on hand.

  • Chicken: Chicken is my go to meat because of the price and versatility, plus it is delicious in any form.
  • Fresh vegetables: your favorites, anything green is a great option
  • Nuts: Are great for snacks, just make sure not to eat too many for a snack.
  • Frozen fruit: Most any fruit is great for smoothies as well as desert options
  • Whole grain breads and pastas: For those that can’t survive without carbs

Don’t be scared off by what can seem like an overwhelming amount of information out there about clean eating, take it a step at a time. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing clean recipes and snacks over at Married and Hungry if you are looking for more information.

 

20141127_085341 - CopyRenee discusses her favorite parts of life over at Married and Hungry. Upon getting married and finding very few tips online on being a new wife she decided that she would share her journey. Being a self-proclaimed food nerd she shares her favorite recipes as well. Also trying to become craftier she even shares her Pinterest craft trials. You can keep up with her at @marriedanhungry over on Twitter, and Married and Hungry’s Facebook page.

 

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By Georgeanne Yehling of  Southern Fried Soprano

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Georgeanne Yehling is not a Southern belle but a Southern bramble. An Arkansas transplant, Georgeanne spreads the gospel of Southern food and hospitality at Eggshells Kitchen Co. in Little Rock. She is an emerging professional operatic soprano, amateur gardener, devoted kitchen wench, and crazed Oklahoma City Thunder fan. Find her at Southern Fried Soprano, where she writes about navigating the world of classical music and keeping it #arkansassy, no matter where she is.

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Chaos is my Love Language

January 26, 2015

by Rhonda Bramell, Miss January 2015

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As some of you know, I am the mother of twins. It’s the number one topic of conversation when I meet new people, and often with those I already know. I think people are just naturally curious about twins, and that’s OK. Most people want to know how they are alike, how hard they are to parent and how I manage a household with kids and a full-time job. Now, I’m no expert—at parenting or anything else—but I can share a little bit of what our crazy life is like.

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My twins are a boy and a girl, age four. They are twins, but they aren’t a whole lot alike. She is clearly the boss of the duo and he will do whatever mischievous thing that she cons him into doing. He is 100% mama’s boy and gives the best kisses I’ve ever had. She thinks she’s Princess Elsa and lives a “clothing optional” lifestyle. He is obsessed with superheroes and will talk about Batman until your ears bleed. The twins fight with each other like they are in a WWE cage match, but are just as quick to curl up together on the couch and spoon while they nap. The bond that those kids have is very real and so very cool.  I’m glad that I get to witness it every day.

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Parenting itself is hard; doesn’t matter if you have twins or not. Sure, having double diaper duty and double potty training was not a walk in the park, but I quickly realized I had to laugh to keep from crying. It’s hard being outnumbered (I also have a seven-year-old daughter); it’s hard not having enough hands to hold everyone as we cross a busy parking lot. It’s hard picking up ALL. THE. SOCKS!

I work all day and come home to chaos, but it works for us. Also, my house is a wreck, but I’m this close to not even caring about that anymore. If I can keep everyone healthy, fed and clean clothes in the closet, that’s what counts. It also helps that I have a rock star hubby who totally picks up my slack. Overall, I’d say the best description of our home is chaotic. It’s loud, rowdy and messy until about 9:30pm. Then, finally, the silence comes and I start to think maybe we can do this after all.  

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Sunday Link-Up {Jan. 25, 2015}

January 25, 2015

It’s time for #ARWB #Sunday #LinkUp! What will you be bringing? Click To Tweet Don’t forget about our January Instagram #PhotoChallenge.  This week’s theme is #nourishment.  #ARWB  

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Laurie Marshall: Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Parsnips

January 23, 2015

My sister has a husband who is willing to try almost any kind of food – lucky her! Or, maybe it’s lucky him, since she is one of the best cooks I know. She is not afraid to experiment, loves to create her own recipes, and she makes bread from scratch too. I’m a little [...]

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Finish With A Flair OR Clawing Your Way To Completion… Finding A Way To Get It Done {Start}

January 22, 2015

By Dorothy Hill It is such a privilege to be able to share with you about perseverance and completing what we start. No one needs this pep talk more than I.  Perseverance is a determination to complete a task. A singlemindedness. It will magnify every emotion you have ever had, from joy and eager anticipation [...]

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Beginning Again {Wordless Wednesday}

January 21, 2015

By Jamie Smith of Jamie’s Thots Jamie Smith blogs over at Jamie’s Thots, where she talks about all things life especially food, faith and personal growth. She’s owner of Jamie’s Notebook, her writing business where she offers news and feature writing, as well as business writing services. Jamie lives in Elkins with her husband, two dogs [...]

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Cutting the Clutter {Blogger of the Month}

January 19, 2015

By Rhonda Bramell, Miss January 2015 I spent the first Saturday of the new year organizing my son’s bedroom, which was no small feat. When I realized how much new stuff had come into his room during the holidays, I knew we needed to make some space or my little boy would be lost in [...]

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Sunday Link-Up {Jan. 18, 2015}

January 18, 2015

This week’s January Instagram #photochallenge #ARWB #inspiration! See you there.

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Begin {Blogger of the Month}

January 17, 2015

by Rhonda Bramell, Miss January 2015 Begin. What a tiny little word filled with so much hope; and what an appropriate theme for January’s posts.  For me personally, it means so many things in 2015. This year, I want to make an effort to remember that I get to start over every single day. Sometimes [...]

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