A few months ago I started following Cara Clark Nutrition (CCN) on Instagram. She is a Midwestern native from Ohio, and a mom of 4 kiddos. She resides in California with her husband and is a nutritionist. I love that she incorporates science into her menu suggestions, kind of like the female version of Alton Brown, but less nerdy. For example, her blood sugar stabilization chart would have come in handy during my freshman year of college.
- Never eat a carbohydrate alone. Always pair with protein, fat or both.
- Eat a meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours. Never go more than 4 hours without eating.
- Never skip meals.
Mostly, her healthy eating sounds like stuff I already make, so I understand her methods. There are no fillers, no “buy my protein powder” gimics. It’s all REAL FOOD. ALL FOUND AT YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE. She just explains how to eat it right.
She turned me on to smoothies + a few new recipes, so naturally, I think we’re like BFFs. When she started to offer 30-day food challenges, I backed off, thinking, eww. I can’t do that. And food challenge, who the heck does those? I don’t believe in “cleanses” – that’s just a feel-good term health nuts use to lure you in.
Guess what? I signed up to do her 30-day food challenge. It starts Monday, April 18, and I’m scared as hell.
I’ve always considered myself a healthy eater. Then I started reading her approved menu items.
- Maca berry smoothie
- Turkey taco bowls
- Salmon and corn salad
These are things I would NEVER eat. And there’s more. Lots more. Lots of the menu items contain nuts; pistachios, cashews, walnuts, etc. We’re a nut-free household. So my frustration and stress are just through the roof at this point. I signed up to eat healthy, not to reinvent a menu and follow someone else’s stupid rules!! I hate rules, btw. Grumpy face ensues.
I had to sleep on it – it’s already paid for. $60 for someone to babysit my eating + exercise.
This is just what I need.
All day long, I’m at home. Do you know how easy it is for me to eat a Starcrunch, Nutty Bar, York Peppermint Patty + healthy salad for lunch? Three of those things don’t belong, but I have no problem justifying them (oh, I had a hard morning with the kids. Or, oh, I run around all day long, I’ll burn it off. Or, OH this popcorn is organic and non-GMO, I can eat a whole dump truck full!). Not. Just because it is organic or whatever, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
I’m going into this with an open mind. Trying to, anyway. I’m definitely NOT going to be making turkey tacos, (hey, I’m from Wisconsin, and most of my food groups look like carbs, beer, carbs, beer, cheese and wine.) Maybe I’ll make shrimp tacos or crispy tofu tacos. But the thought of ground up turkey is **BLECH** disgusting.
The shopping list is intense. Definitely going to have to up my game, big time. Have you ever had hemp seed? I’m going to have to make sure we don’t have an allergy to that one. And all the nuts in salads and granola – going to have to find substitutes for those. Also, looking for a substitute for homemade granola….have yet to find one nut-free in the store that’s safe for us.
Anyway, I’ll stop whining and try it. The exercise part should be easy. The eating portion is where I will struggle. So, if you’re interested in joining me, I can certainly send you some recipes. I’ll be blogging about the nut-free food challenge experience, so stay tuned.
On the bright side, I am looking forward to the blueberry breakfast smoothie, chocolate truffle energy balls, and homemade hummus.
Like with anything – this will take a lot of hard work (new recipes take EXTRA time in the kitchen, blah, blah, blah) and patience.
Hopefully, this 30 day experience wont be as hard as I’m thinking it will be, and the kids and hubs will get some enjoyment out of it too. Otherwise, I’ll be wishing I bought those cute new espadrilles from DSW.
Enjoy your weekend – it’s going to be beautiful!