The Down-Side of Clean Eating

I’ve been yapping about clean eating for about a year, and I can’t say enough about it.  My energy level is up, I sleep better, and I assume those are both a result of better health in general.  So what’s the problem?  I fell off the wagon this weekend.  Woe is me.

If you’ve spent any time with me, you know I eat, and I eat often.  Before the clean eating, I enjoyed a fairly disgusting diet.  Fast food, endless amounts of sugar, and greasy everything.  If it was breaded and deep-fried, it was on my plate; if it was sugary, it was in my belly.

I cut fast food entirely.  After not having it for so long, it isn’t even appetizing to me now.  I cut sugar drastically – I stick to the USDA recommendation of 20 to 25 grams of added sugar per day.  I limit fried foods to a few times a month.  And really, of the three food groups that used to comprise my diet, I only miss the sugar.

But last night at dinner (celebrating my one year cancer-free milestone!) I had dessert.  Actually, I had two desserts.  Key Lime pie and Tiramisu.  They were delish.

A celebration of this magnitude called for dessert!
Check out the woman in green on the right photo bombing us!

Then today for lunch I went to BurgerFi, which I don’t consider fast food (but maybe I’m wrong).  They use all natural, free-range beef.  That sounds a whole lot better than anything the usual fast food suspects serve.  So I ordered up a cheeseburger and onion rings.  This is what I got:

Do you see how big those rings are??
This thing is bigger than my hand!

The burger was good and I had no problem making it disappear.  The onion rings were a problem.  They were huge!  I used to love onion rings specifically for their grease factor.  These were pretty darn greasy.  I ate two of the five rings and was done.  The greasiness was a huge turn-off.  Can’t do it any more.

By 3pm I was feeling like Morgan Spurlock in Super Size Me.  Obviously, in just two meals I’m not talking about weight gain or health problems, I’m referring to the colossal tummy ache and overall feeling of yuckiness.  It’s nearly 8pm now and I’m still feeling yucky.  I’m talking really yucky.  I had toast and hot tea for dinner.  It’s likely the combination of dessert last night and the grease today, but right now I don’t ever want another onion ring again.  Sorry BurgerFi, you should have got me when I was a bad [food] girl.

So, as much as I love eating clean, I’ll confess to the down-side: you can’t go back (at least not without some pain).  Once you’ve gotten away from the bad food, it just might sound nasty to you or it might actually make you feel awful.  I’m pretty sure I’ve been cured of my cravings for greasy food.

But isn’t that a good thing?  If you’ve been trying to change your diet and feel like you’ll never succeed, you will.  Know that you will!