Clean Eating Tips From My Sugar Fast

I have been on a modified sugar fast for the past ten days and it has been pretty successful! With our family vacation next week and our wedding a month after that, I am determined to eat well in preparation. When I shared this with one of my dear friends earlier this month, she offered to be my accountability partner in eating clean. We started our modified sugar fast on April 17th, taking last Saturday off to enjoy all the delicious treats at my bridal shower.

My original plan was to cut out all sugar, starches, and dairy, but I have since made a slight modification to my approach. In the past week, I have incorporated sparing amounts of whole grains and cheese. This has helped me to avoid feeling deprived, while still staying on track with progress. I have found some clean eating tips to be particularly helpful throughout this process and am excited to share them with y’all today!


Clean Eating Tips from My Sugar Fast

— Make a big batch of caramelized onions and keep them on hand to add to any and all meals! I have tossed these into salads and omelets almost every day for their savory flavor!

— Stock up on a variety of greens. I have kept a big container of spinach on hand, along with a bag each of spring mix and chopped romaine. The spinach is great for sautéing or tossing into smoothies, and the other two are a great base for salads. I like greens for their source of iron, and the beautiful benefit to my skin!

— Buy a flavorful hummus (or three!). My favorite lunch to make this week has been the Heavenly Hummus Wrap from Pioneer Woman. I’ve been using the smooth garlic hummus from Trader Joes and am such a fan of its flavor!

— Choose a fun seltzer flavor and keep it on hand for an afternoon treat. I picked up a box of the ginger peach seltzer from Target last weekend, served in fun slim cans! Sipping seltzer in the afternoon has helped me to feel like I’m indulging in something sweet, without any of the caloric cost. The bubbles also help my stomach to feel full between meals, a win-win!

— Keep a Think Thin bars on hand throughout the day. I have tossed one of these into my bag every morning, as they especially provide me with a protein-packed afternoon snack. This also makes a great go-to during errands or unexpected car trips. My favorite flavors are brownie crunch and smooth peanut butter.

Through this sugar fast, I have found myself to have more energy, less cravings, and my clothes are fitting better! I plan to continue implementing these clean eating tips after the sugar fast is over to continue these lovely benefits.

What are your favorite clean eating tips? Please share in the comments below!

Christmas Sweet Treats

As a bride-to-be, I have already begun trying new recipes and making note of those we’ve most enjoyed to bring with me to our married home next year. One of my dear friends sent me the loveliest little meal planning notebook from May Designs last week to guide me through the meal planning process, and I also have my eye on this new recipe binder from Emily Ley to store my favorites. I am putting my own twist on today’s ‘favorite holiday recipes’ prompt to share a list of Christmas sweet treats I’d like to refer back to in the future, including some that I’ve tried and others that I want to make note to try!

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gingerbread cookies / chocolate chip cookies / brown sugar oatmeal cookies

cinnamon rolls / simple toffee / egg nog cookiesoreo truffles

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Recipe Roundup

I have been a fan of cooking ever since I was a little girl. I used to tear pieces of construction paper and whisk them in a mixing bowl while my mom cooked dinner. I thought it was the best thing ever when she decided that seven was old enough to learn how to fix scrambled eggs. Around the same time, my dad used to watch Emeril and Iron Chef with me, long before the days of Master Chef Junior. My enjoyment with cooking grew throughout my childhood as Disney Channel released this movie and my friends and I would try to invent recipes of our own. My mom and I later started an annual tradition of watching the holiday specials on the Food Network and grew to be avid Pioneer Women viewers a few years ago. While all of this contributed to my enjoyment of cooking and my ability in the kitchen, it left me with a familiarity of cooking meals that lack proper nutrition and wholesome ingredients.

As Dillon and I began eating together more often this summer, I realized that I didn’t have many healthy(ish) recipes to pull from. Since we both place high value on eating well, I want to prepare well to bring those habits into our home. While cleaning up my diet is a work-in-progress, I have dramatically decreased my intake of sugar, flour, and processed foods this year. In doing so, I’ve set out to find recipes that suit our health preferences while being simple and delicious at the same time. I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you today, each being a recipe that is sure to be brought into our newlywed home. Enjoy!

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slow cooker chicken and veggie quinoa soup | baked chicken breast | garlicky kale and white bean stew
creamy chicken tortilla soup | noodle-free lasagna | spaghetti squash lasagna boats

What are your favorite healthy go-to meals? This soon-to-be newlywed wife is looking to expand her repertoire!