Yesterday on my Facebook page, the chat turned to smoothies. To respond to a request, I returned to some of my original sources for recipes. GreenSmoothieGirl.com and an e-book called Try-It Diet: Eating Clean: A Two-Week Healthy Eating Plan were two resources I used heavily early on, along with www.thegraciouspantry.com and www.thenakedkitchen.com.
Truth be told, the holidays have been a bit of a challenge, healthy food-wise. I made some clean cookies and other treats but, as I often say, everything in moderation. I don't think I was very moderate with my cookie intake. And, oh, yes, I certainly did eat a small piece of shoo-fly pie (decidedly UNclean!) and a bit of Breyer's vanilla ice cream. (Shoo-fly pie is best when warmed slightly and accompanied by ice cream, just so you know.) So, long story short, it doesn't appear that I will be meeting my holiday goal, which was to not gain any weight from Thanksgiving to New Year's. I wasn't expecting to lose, but I really wanted to stay stable. Uh,yeah, no. As of right now, I am up 2.6 pounds. That does not make me happy, but I do have until the morning of Jan. 2 to lose it, so we'll see.
Anyway! Returning to my original inspirational books and websites made me realize that I may have gotten a bit far afield on my lifestyle. I needed to get back to the basics and quit trying something new all the time. So as of yesterday (Dec. 29) I am back to green smoothies for breakfast. This was always a great kick starter to my day. Gave me tons of energy first thing in the morning. And when you are out the door at 6 a.m., it's nice to have energy! Lunch will be leftovers from a previous night's dinner, as usual. And dinners needs to go back to the basics again too. That means a serving of protein (grilled chicken or beef, most likely) and lots of steamed veg.
Eating clean doesn't have to be complicated, and I think I was complicating it a bit. I can probably save some money, too, if I am not always trying new recipes! Coconut flour and coconut crystals are expensive!! Not to say I won't still be doing some baking and making the occasional treat, but I think I need to dial it back for 2013. Simplify my life. Simplify my lifestyle.