Saturday, March 22, 2014

3 Reasons Why I Believe in Clean Eating

People ask me a lot- "what DIET are you on?"  Well, I'm not on a diet.  I'm doing a healthy lifestyle journey that will never end.  I'm not on a fad diet and I'm not restricting my calories. I fuel my body with fresh food as much as I can.  I don't deprive myself- I just substitute, adjust and find a balance. I try to eat whole-foods the majority of my diet. So.. this means that when you see me eating an Oreo, don't call me out! It's part of my plan. ;) There are so many "clean eating" HATERS out there.  I DO believe in "clean" food and "dirty" food. But what I really mean is nutrient dense and not-so nutrient dense. Clean food fuels my body and makes me feel good during and after I eat it.  Dirty food makes me feel good during, but makes me feel horrible after.

Why do I believe in clean eating?

1. Because I research and know the ingredients that are in food.

Ignorance is NOT bliss when it comes to your health and the health of your loved ones.  Research ingredients and find out what is in your food and how it's "made". Start with {these} ingredients. The unfortunate thing is that many chemicals are hidden inside the word "natural flavors" on your ingredient list. Do you know that they use a chemical called azodicarbonamide in many breads (including Subway bread)?  Azodicoarbonamide is the same chemical used to make yoga mats. YOGA MATS? How is that even ok? The frustrating thing is that this chemical is banned in the UK and Australia because it is linked to respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma.  My question is why is it banned all over the globe, but not here?

You want to be completely freaked out? Read all the investigations that has done. It scared me and I wanted to just starve to death for a minute.  But then I got hungry. ;) I just decided to not to go extreme and start growing out my armpit hair. My husband and I agreed to just be conscious of what we are eating and try to avoid certain food as much as possible, but not become CRAZY about it. When we go grocery shopping, we don't buy many things that come from a box. If it does, we avoid certain ingredients and make sure we can READ all of the ingredients.

Don't get overwhelmed! I read some great articles that helped me. Start with one of the ingredients below and eliminate it (I'll post more clean-eating tips later):

2. Because this is what happened to my face:

In both pictures I'm not wearing any makeup (just mascara).
Top: May 2013
Bottom: March 2013

So about a year ago I was fed up with my adult acne that was painful, irritating and it honestly wore on any ounce of confidence I had.  When you first meet someone, they look at your face first. I was so embarrassed. I tried so many things to help.  I went to the dermatologist and all he did was SHOVE antibiotics in my face. I asked him if antibiotics were bad for me in the long-term and he said no.  I went home that day and researched it myself and found the answers that I needed.  Antibiotics are NOT good for you long term. Do they clear my face up? YES!  BUT... that wasn't worth it to me.  I wanted to do it holistically (mind, body, spirit).  I tried every cream, oil, and scrub out there. I bought an expensive exfoliator. Nothing worked.

I finally started researching holistic ways to treat acne and many sites were saying that I might have adult acne because of what I'm eating (I eliminated dairy and gluten for 30 days and found that when I started to slowly introduce it, I felt HORRIBLE and I started to break out again).  The culprit, I think, is dairy.  Just about that time I also found Skincare Holistic Beauty Practice.Cheryl and Celeste have provided me with an amazing skin-care regimen with products that are chemical-free and safe.

Clean Eating + Organic Skincare Products and Treatments = Clear Face (and a happy girl)

2. Because it's given me *help* with these results without starving myself:
Obviously I'm wearing the same sweater and pants in this picture.
Top: October 2012
Bottom: March 2014

YOU CAN DO IT!  Just start small. 

Change out one food item (we started with eliminating artificial sweeteners like Crystal Light and Sweet N' Low). 

Start eating "cleaner" one step at a time!


  1. Wow girl! I am so proud of you and so impressed! You are such an inspiration to all of us who are struggling with our weight! Thank you for posting about your journey!

    YOU are BEAUTIFUL inside and out!


  2. You are so amazing Rachelle! Thanks for all the research and tips!

  3. I love love love your inspiration! Keep it coming! :o) you look amazing and beautiful!

  4. RACHELLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You're an inspiration.
    I like the idea of eliminating one dirty food -- starting small seems totally do-able.

  5. I love you and very proud of you, Rachelle! I need to clean up my act. The headaches I have are intense. I bet this would help a ton!

  6. You look awesome, but always have my proud of your journey. xoxo,

  7. absolutely inspirational. I may put you right on my fridge in your giant sideways pants. LOVE YOU!!!!

  8. So inspiring!! This definitely makes me want to make a change! Thank you!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  9. You are such an inspiration!!! You look amazing!!!

  10. Love love love! You look fantastic! I haven't been thrilled with how I look and feel. Since you said to try eliminating one thing, I think that's very manageable and I'm going to try it. I can't diet because I love food too much, but I can clean it up. Thank you!

  11. I have followed your teaching blog and have always been inspired by your wonderful ideas. Now this !! You look amazing. Thanks for starting this blog!

  12. You are one amazing lady - hugely inspirational!!!

  13. I'm so excited to find this blog!!!! I love your teacher stuff and I think I will love this even more. You SERIOUSLY inspire me in my weight loss journey!!!!!!!!

  14. Rachelle, I met you last year at I Teach K :-) and you were beautiful then-
    I am inspired by your dedication to a healthy lifestyle, you look so happy!

    Congrats on presenting at I Teach 1st!!
    Chrissy at ReadWriteSing

  15. What an inspiration! As a veteran teacher of 30+ years, I am so happy for you. You've discovered a key to a long and full life - eating clean. You look radiant and fit. You are young and making changes that will bring many more healthful years to enjoy life and enrich the lives of others. Congratulations. Thank you for your blogs, too!

  16. You are amazing and you are so right about all the gross food in our culture! Getting rid of it is the best way to get healthy. So proud of you!