Clean Eating: A Journey for One

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As college is starting to come to a close, I've become more and more aware of my eating habits. Specifically, my bad eating habits. My freshman year, I was an architecture major, which meant I was sleeping maybe 3 hours a night (if I was lucky) and eating all the processed foods and fast food I could get my hands on [with a coke or coffee permanently glued to my hands].

My sophomore year, I switched out of architecture and into something that I felt more passionate about: history & anthropology. I the next two years playing catch up, taking 18-19 hours, and working two jobs to get back on track. It wasn't bad, but I still wasn't really eating all that well. 

Then senior year hit me. The first semester was okay, spent drinking anything and everything I could get my hands on during football season. But second semester? My clothes stopped fitting as well as they once had, and I just didn't feel like myself anymore. Enter in clean eating & exercising. 

To me, clean eating is not a diet, it's a way of life. Now this may sound insanely cheesy, but it's true. It's not that I'm restricting myself to only certain things, but I'm trying to put better things into my body. I've cut wayyyy back on the processed foods (though not completely phased off of them just yet), and I've started eating a lot more fruits and veggies. I've stopped eating white breads & pasta, and on the rare occasion I'm craving bread, I'll eat wheat bread. I don't drink as much milk any more, but when I do I drink skim (always - I just can't do whole milk). I've starting using almond milk as a substitute for milk in my oatmeal (it's not the same, but still okay). 

Although I've only been eating this way for about two weeks now, I'm already seeing a difference. I don't really crave any bad foods for me, well that much any ways. The only things I ever really crave? Pizza and donuts. My two favorite things in the entire world. And king cake...but that's only because it's king cake season. 

Overall, I'm happy with the progress that I've made so far. In the past month, with eating better & exercise, I've lost 10 pounds [probably part of that Freshman 15 I put on all throughout college]. I feel better, I sleep better, and I have more energy during the day. 

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