Time: 2.5 Years ago
Location: Shoppers Drug Mart East side SJ
Picture it. It was a random Sunday afternoon and I was out and about just doing some afternoon shopping. I had two books in my hand near the magazine racks. One was the Clean Eating Magazine and the other was "The Eat Clean Diet" book written by Tosca Reno. I kept going back and forth and then realized that for only a couple dollars more I could get a whole "book" rather than just a magazine. So.. I bought it. I didn't know what to expect but it just felt right.
Now.. you have to realize I am not a reader. I find it very boring and I usually dont find many (if any) books that keep my attention. WELL, I went home that day, and truth be told, I couldn't put this book down (cliché I know, but it's true!). It was everything I felt I knew but couldn't understand up until that point. Tosca explains everything in such amazing everyday terms and really maps out how and what you should be eating. "Every diet does that though" is what you are probably thinking. But the difference is that she actually explain WHY you should be eating a clean diet and not just telling you to do it. She explains what processed foods are actually doing to your body and it was an amazingly huge wake up call for me.
I believe in fate. I think everything happens for a reason and happens when it should. So.. I think I found this book at the perfect time for when I was going to be able to embrace it for what it truly was. Years before that, my mom had jumped on the "organic band wagon" and I remember thinking she was crazy LOL in the nicest way possible. I didnt "understand" what organic was and why she was making those choices. So, it just had to be the right time for me to be able to read this book and understand it for what it was and how I could incorporate it into my real everyday life.
I am blessed to have a boyfriend who supports this change I have made in "our" lifestyle. Because that is exactly what it is..
A Lifestyle. It isn't a diet. It isn't something you should do during a fad diet or until you loose weight, it is a Lifestyle! Losing a few pounds is just a bonus to this amazing feeling you experience on the inside.. and it can't help but shine through to your outer appearance.
I can't say enough about my experience with clean eating. And believe me.. I used to think eating healthy was cooking a "healthy" boxed meal or eating those "100 calorie cookies". The biggest thing I learnt, is how those kind of things just isn't real food. I don't even mind having a treat like a pizza or whatever floats your boat, but I make it at home from scratch. I use all of the best quality ingredients I can find and I know exactly what is in my food. That way, you don't put any of those hidden chemicals or preservatives into your body by mistake.
Well that is it for today. I completely recommend this book if you are just starting out. The first one in the series of Tosca's books is the best.. it really started from "the beginning". I dont make any commission off this LOL I just wanted to pass along my find that really changed my way of thinking... :)
Have a great day and be careful out in that storm... if it does show up. ;)
Lots of love!