This post isn’t to convince you of the merits of eating clean and how wonderful it will make you feel. This is for people who are already aware of that, they just aren’t sure where to start. This post is inspired by a conversation I had with my cousin’s wonderful wife on Thanksgiving, who was asking me questions about how changing my diet has affected my health and how I feel. She, too, has stomach issues, pain, and even joint problems due to inflammation in her body. I think a lot of health journeys, including my own, start with this dilemma: I feel like shit, but I don’t know how to change. I know I need to change, but I don’t know if I can.
Excuse me for sounding cheesy AF but let me tell you: you can change. Does it suck? Yes. Is it hard? YES. But think about how you’re feeling now, or how you feel after you eat or when you wake up in the morning or after a few hours of work. Is that feeling a good one? If not, it’s probably time to start switching things up. I think clean eating can feel like a huge endeavor to people for many reasons. For some, it’s so drastically different than the way they have grown up eating or are used to eating, it’s like…. what am I even supposed to eat? Maybe it sounds like a lot of work, or you don’t know if you’ll be able to keep it up. Maybe you’re the main cook in your house, and you think your spouse/kids/roommates won’t be down to try some new healthy food. All of these fears are simply that: fears. There will always be a reason not to do something. BUT, the biggest thing you need to remember is that you need to put you and your health first. Read on for my tips for how to get started with clean eating.