Eating Clean

My friend Michelle mentioned that she and her family were attempting to eat clean, which I thought was a bizarre term. Who the hell eats dirty? I mean, besides crazy people and hoarders. I just sort of smiled and nodded and pretended I knew what eating clean was, because it sounded very progressive and smart.

Then I decided to look it up and it’s actually really simple: Don’t eat shit. Don’t fill your body with garbage.

I’ve been having stomach issues for about two weeks now and I think it largely has to do with my diet. I don’t gorge myself on junk; during the day I eat pretty much the same thing for lunch (turkey sandwich on wheat, bowl of soup, apple, orange. Wash, rinse, repeat). But for dinner it’s usually whatever is fast and tastes decent. Frozen pizza, fried potatoes, leftover chicken nuggets that the kid didn’t want.. Crap, crap, crap.

In my attempt to learn about clean eating, I came across a blog (another Michelle suggestion) called The Gracious Pantry.  I clicked on her “Clean Eating 101” tab and started reading. Clean eating is really very simple: don’t eat processed things. Don’t eat things with ingredients you can’t pronounce. A general rule of thumb is if what you’re about to eat has more than 3-4 ingredients in it (and those ingredients you can’t pronounce), it’s not clean. TGP has developed a plethora of tips and trick for eating clean, plus recipes galore. The idea of clean eating has burrowed its’ way into my brain and has been snuggling in for a few days. I’m intimidated, and worried that I won’t do it “right”. I’m worried people will think I’m silly. I’m worried it will be too expensive. I’m worried that I don’t have the time to prepare and cook things that are clean.

But, I’m going to do my best. As TGP suggests, I’m laying down a few ground rules for myself:

  • Limit white sugar with the goal of eliminating it completely. Also limit artificial sweeteners.
  • Limit amount of food with ingredients that sound artificial/processed.
  • Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie a day.
  • No fast food. Ever. Period.

Those may seem like really small steps but I can’t make big leaps. I’m not that kind of person. The sugar/sweetener thing is going to be hard enough, because I loves me some Splenda with my coffee. Instead of focusing on the things I’m not going to be able to nom anymore, I’m going to set my sights on some recipes I’m excited to try:

Mexican Crock Pot Chicken


Chicken & Rice Soup


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal


So… All of this looks and sounds really good. I don’t look at these images and feel sad and like I’m going to be deprived. That chicken and rice soup looks so good I can hardly stand it. I’m not expecting to be able to do this all at once, and I know that I will break sometimes (hi, Thanksgiving and Christmas) but I think that small steps can lead to big ones. Let’s see where this takes me!

P.S. Thanks to the Gracious Pantry for the lovely pics & recipes!

Repeat After Me

Nellie never ceases to amaze me with her vocabulary. I’ve tried to count how many words she knows but get lost somewhere around 50. Some of her most recent favorite things to say include:

  • My-Mahhh! (Spider-Man)
  • Kulk! (Hulk)
  • Seeeoooww (Thor)
  • Lo-lee (Loki)
    Seeing a pattern yet?
  • Ma MA!!
  • Bye ‘coo! (Bye school!)
  • Ni-nigh (night-night)
  • Shoow? Shoow? (paired with the sign for “more”, this is her word for more)

Today, she also learned that when I say, “Who wants to go to Gran’s?” she enthusiastically responds, “Ah do! Ah do!” This also works for:

  • Who wants a million dollars? (ah do!)
  • Who wants some cheese? (ah do!)
  • Who wants to sniff daddy’s feet? (ah do!)
  • Who wants a booger pie? (ah do!)

Toddlers are fun. You can make them say gross stuff and they don’t even realize it. It’s pretty much the best ever. We’re having a lot of fun with her growing vocabulary and miraculously, she still hasn’t repeated her first swear word.

What kinds of fun things does your toddler say that cracks you up/makes you smile/makes you gasp and want to change your name and join the Witness Protection Program?