Ditch the Hype! A Real Girls Guide to Clean Eating

Inside: The purpose of this article is to empower you to transform the way you think about clean eating, and equip you to make small changes that will pay off in the long-run.  Also includes a printable clean eating cheat sheet, automatically graded diet assessment, and access to a free 30-day healthy living e-course.

We’ve all been there….miserably feigning compliance to the latest fad diet until our soul shrivels up inside of us and we simply can’t carry on.

There’s got to be a better way.  I mean, I want to fit into my skinny jeans…but what price am I willing to pay?

If the cost of being skinny is to live in a perpetual state of hungry, I’m just not that interested in being skinny.

The purpose of this article is to empower you to transform the way you think about clean eating, and equip you to make small changes that will pay off in the long-run. Also includes a printable clean eating cheat sheet, automatically graded diet assessment, and access to a free 30-day healthy living e-course.

By: Sarah Koontz

Are you trapped on a merry-go-round of  weight lost and regained, a cycle of victory followed quickly by defeat, an emotional roller coaster fueled by an insatiable desire to fit the world’s standards?

I’ve been there, girl!

And I am here to tell you, that there IS ANOTHER WAY.  Because we all know from experience….

 

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Don’t believe me?  What’s the first thing you’re going to do once you squeeze back into those jeans or hit that magical number on the scale?

I know what I’m going to do! I’m going to go out and celebrate my victory with my BFF’s…Chunky Monkey and Oreo Cookie.

I’m sick and tired of all the hype & I hope you are too!  

 

The purpose of this article is to empower you to transform the way you think about clean eating, and equip you to make small changes that will pay off in the long-run. You will find tips, motivation, education, and ideas to start YOUR version of a healthy lifestyle. For beginners and those already participating in healthy habits! Also includes a printable clean eating cheat sheet, automatically graded diet assessment, and access to a free 30-day healthy living e-course.

 

The purpose of this article  is to empower you to transform the way you think about clean eating, and equip you to make small changes that will pay off in the long-run.

Food matters.  Food fuels our body, energizes our spirit and delights our soul.  It is our job to give our bodies the nutrition that they need to operate at an optimal level.

 

I like to think of clean eating as a beautiful hike. 

 

There are peaks and valleys but so long as you keep moving one step at a time, you will eventually reach your destination.

Some people navigate the terrain with ease while others must put extreme focus and energy into every painful step.

Some people trip and fall; then decide the journey is too difficult and turn back.

Others find a pretty spot about halfway up the trail and decide that there is no need to go any further.

Starting with the goal in mind is the only way to navigate the trail.

Once we determine the starting point and the ending point, the only thing left to do is to pick the right trail and embark on our journey.

 

However tempting it might be to pick the shortest path, it’s imperative that we take time to assess the terrain. 

 

Sometimes the shortest path is straight up a rugged cliff wall.

Our odds of successfully navigating that path are slim to none.  That is…unless we are a highly-trained rock climber.

Unfortunately, I am not. Are you?

 

The purpose of this article is to empower you to transform the way you think about clean eating, and equip you to make small changes that will pay off in the long-run. Also includes a printable clean eating cheat sheet, automatically graded diet assessment, and access to a free 30-day healthy living e-course.

 

For most of us, it would be much wiser to take a less direct route.

Have you ever noticed that the back side of a cliff is often a nice, sloped hill?

Sure, this indirect path may take longer to navigate but your chance of success is greatly increased.

And, when it’s all said and done, you still make it to the top of the cliff!

 

That is exactly how we need to approach clean eating.

 

We are looking for a path that we can traverse easily; a path that will not exhaust our energies within the first few weeks.

We will be patient and traverse this rough terrain together.

I have created a series of questions to help you to assess your current eating habits and determine a plan of action for improving those habits.

Before we get to the assessment, it is important that we all get on the same page about what healthy eating really is.

 

With all of the fad diets out there, it is easy to get confused and confounded. #gethealthygirl Click To Tweet

 

That is why I have created a Clean Eating Cheat Sheet for you.

This is by no means a comprehensive guide to a healthy diet, but it is a compilation of the most beneficial habits I have discovered in my 15+ years of coaching people towards healthier lifestyles.

The purpose of this article is to empower you to transform the way you think about clean eating, and equip you to make small changes that will pay off in the long-run. You will find tips, motivation, education, and ideas to start YOUR version of a healthy lifestyle. For beginners and those already participating in healthy habits! Also includes a printable clean eating cheat sheet, automatically graded diet assessment, and access to a free 30-day healthy living e-course.

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Now to the assessment.

Completing this assessment should give you an idea of the best place to start.  Just imagine if you could bring your score up by just a few points each week.  It wouldn’t take long for you to really begin to see progress.


Clean Eating Assessment

I am going ask you 10 questions and each question will give you the option to rate your diet somewhere between 1 (never) and 10 (always).  When you are finished, your score will be automatically generated.  This will give you a baseline number to begin your clean eating journey with.

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I encourage you to come back and re-assess often during your food journey. 

 

The most important aspect of this journey for me has been learning to aim for progression not perfection.

One of the most empowering moments of my own food journey was when I realized that I knew exactly what I needed to do to begin making healthier food choices.

I hope that this article has given you a fresh perspective and a revived sense of purpose as you prepare to embark on your own clean eating journey.

 

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I encourage you to make any diet changes slowly.  Try not to shift more than 10-15% in any particular week.

This gives your body, soul and spirit time to adjust.

This process is as much emotional as it is physical, never forget that.

 

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Do you want a little bit of extra support along the way?  A guide to help you navigate the steep trails?

Sign up for my free 30-Day Healthy Living E-Course today and #gethealthygirl!

 

 

What’s your favorite tip from the Clean Eating Cheat Sheet or piece of advice from the article?  Let’s chat about it in the comments!

 

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About Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer and regular contributor at Grounded & Surrounded. If you are interested in growing your faith, nourishing your family life, and discovering the beauty of God's design, be sure to follow her personal blog at SarahKoontz.com. When Sarah is not writing, you are likely to find her covered in dirt, sitting in the middle of her garden, adoring her beautiful flock of backyard chickens. She is eternally grateful for her husband and two little girls, and revels in their simple, uncluttered life. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

18 thoughts on “Ditch the Hype! A Real Girls Guide to Clean Eating

  1. I agree with all of your tips. You’ll be more likely to make healthy eating your new lifestyle if you make small changes. I also try to keep things the least processed possible!

  2. This is great! I am on a mission to get back to Clean Eating & hoping to drop the weight I put on this Winter! Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up 🙂

    1. Honesty check: I put on some weight this winter too! Boo! But I know exactly what to do to get it off before swimsuit season 🙂 We can do it together! lol Thanks for stopping by, Angela!

  3. Hi there!
    These are great tips! Thanks for being so real about things. It is so easy to get turned inside out trying to follow this or that hype that did amazing things for someone you have never met!!
    Happy to be your neighbor at the linkup today at Seeking God with Jaime Weibel.

    1. Exactly! We get so upset with our bodies for not conforming to this diet and that diet, but in the end we need to find our OWN version of healthy. All we need to do is eat more whole foods and forget about what everybody else is doing 😉 Thanks for stopping by Pam!

  4. Hi Sarah and Sammi, First of all I love that graphic! The girl’s face with a fork of broccoli..lol That’s exactly my face when I started 21 day fix . Thank you for linking up over at #healthyliving link party. We are featuring this Wednesday . Your post is our most clicked/popular post. Hope to see you again and I can’t wait for what you are sharing.

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