Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days to a Cleaner Diet {21}: Where Do We Go From Here?

Wow…..can you even believe today is the last day of October?!  How is that even possible?!  Here in the Northeast, we actually got snow this weekend.  Like, “over the ground lies a mantle of white” snow.  Insane.  I told my husband yesterday, “just put me in a coma and wake me up when it’s April!”  lol  Thankfully, most of it has already melted.  Whew!

 

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{Click here to see the other posts in this series.}

Anyway, I wanted to thank you all for sticking with me throughout this month!  It has been SO much fun to learn and share with all of you.  I’ve appreciated your honest input and your encouraging comments.  I’m so happy to read that many of you have made changes in your own diets as a result of this series.  Each time someone tells me they have changed even one thing in their pantry or fridge after reading one of my posts, it makes it all worthwhile.  :)  

Clearly, this is the last day of the series, but I’ll be blogging about clean eating even now and then, just like I did before.  I still have lots of eating goals for myself, and ways that I want to continue improving our diets. 

Some of those goals include:

- buying organic butter, and organic cheese when I can find it
- learning to soak my own grains
- learning about and eating more fermented foods
- making more and more of my own pantry staples (soaking beans instead of buying canned, making yogurt, making my own chicken stocks, etc.)

 

To finish out the series, I want to end with a quote from Day 1:

“There is nothing to regret about making better food choices.  It’s one of those rare instances in life where any choice you make on the side of clean eating is automatically a good choice.  I like those kinds of decisions. :)”

Let me encourage you to continually strive to improve your diet and food choices.  Start with one change, then move to another, and another.  Hopefully one day you will look around and realize that everything in your cupboards and fridge is a clean, whole, nourishing food.  That’s definitely the goal I’m working toward!

 

Thank you so much for reading the series! It’s been lots of fun. :)

 

P.S. I’d LOVE to know what your personal goals are, as far as eating is concerned!  What is something you’d like to try/cook/learn about? 

4 comments:

  1. Hey! I just wanted to say I really enjoyed all the posts you made this month about clean eating. I am always trying to improve my eating habits and this sure helped. I am lucky enough right now to be able to live near a Trader Joes and have access to a lot of their clean foods so I am very grateful. As a college student it is hard to eat healthy and clean all of the time, but I make it my goal to keep on the right path and make slow and steady changes that I can keep up with.

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  2. Thanks Samantha! I am so jealous you live near a TJ's - the closest one to me is an hour away and I have to plan special trips to go there.

    I ate terrible food in college - I totally applaud you for trying to make good choices while you're there!

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  3. my goals seem pretty simple and basic, but it's a good start! : )

    i try to eliminate most processed things and buy organic as much as i can - the dirty dozen, meats and dairy.

    i need to learn about fermented foods. i have know clue!

    all you've done with the 31 days ROCKS and i think you are a great inspiration!

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  4. just wanted to comment on your dried beans vs canned, I have been making dried beans in my crockpot for over a year now. I usually put in two pounds with 12 cups of water, can add a bit of oil and then pepper and if you like onion powder and garlic powder. Cook on low over night, about 12 hours and then allow them to cool before freezing. I do this for all my beans, use them for making chili or if we want to have pinto beans and cheese, or black beans and chips. Super easy and cheap

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