The Weekly Yumster: Clean Eating Challenge

The Weekly Yumster: Clean Eating Challenge May 19, 2014

My daughter came home yesterday after graduating from college. She has immediately taken over my life and declared that we are undertaking the BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge. Two weeks of “clean eating. Whatever that means. Really, as much as I like food, I’m not at all certain what this means.

But it’s about food, and it has nothing to do with exercise. The blurb promises that I’m going to feel like a million dollars, or whatever the BuzzFeed equivalent of that is. I’m certainly up for that. In general, I’m really cool with anything food related. And it’s my daughter. So I said yes.

And then we went shopping.

Holy. Christ. On. The. Cross.

Here it is, beautifully arranged by Sophia on my otherwise rather untidy dining room table.

Bonus material: See what books are on the dining room shelf!

We pretty much spent as much on this week’s worth of food as I do in a month.

It does look good, though. We spent the rest of the afternoon cutting up various fruits and kale for smoothie packs. I’m not used to all this goodness. There is no pasta, no bread. No candy.

No. Candy.

I don’t know about this.

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  • You’ve got me seriously considering this! The meals look delish. I know that I would fail on giving up coffee, but still…

  • pioneercynthia

    I’m excited, and dubious, all at the same time. I’m very curious to see if eating like this makes me feel better. I’ve got some digestive “issues” that have been going on for a while, and I certainly could stand to lose weight.

  • Denise Jackson

    I love how she sucked you in, and you are responding just as I would. Oh. My. Word. Good. Luck.

  • I think that Sofia is on to something by having you cut pasta and bread out of your diet. There is emerging evidence suggesting that foods rich in processed grains (relatively simple carbohydrates/starches) cause an increase in serum insulin, leading to increased fat storage and obesity. There is a good piece on this topic in the New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1nWXupH

    Keep us posted on how you fare on the new diet!

    • pioneercynthia

      I had also been hearing things along these lines. I’m well aware that I’ve been eating horribly the past few years. This is one area that is going to be tough, because my budget could not sustain this kind of diet for long. It’s really expensive.

  • pioneercynthia

    She has a unique ability to get me excited about the most unlikely things. Like kale.

  • You are not kidding about the expense of fresh fruits, veggies, and lean beef. On the other hand, pork and chicken prices are still pretty reasonable.

    • pioneercynthia

      This diet only uses chicken (and not much) so that’s good. But our ENTIRE fridge is packed with produce. I mean, there’s almost nothing else. I have NEVER spent this much at the store.

  • You are not kidding about the expense of fresh fruits, veggies, and lean beef. On the other hand, pork and chicken prices are still pretty reasonable.