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Friday Finds, 2.24.12

So as we all know, the moment a woman gets a ring on her finger she starts watching what she eats and starts exercising. I know I did! But I also continued the healthy habits I picked up after the wedding. In fact, by doing P90X for the last 46 days, I am in better shape now than I was at 21. The last time I measured, which was 2 weeks ago, I had lost 5.75 inches total from my body.¬†Yay me! I am doing this with the help of a good friend of mine who is a wonderful inspirational source to keep me motivated through this and has so much knowledge about this stuff that it really makes it quite easy. Don’t worry, I have her writing a post to share with you so you can jump on the train too. It will be coming soon!

So this year for lent, I decided to do something to honor myself and the body I have been given. Rather than giving something up, I am going to be giving myself more! I have decided to “eat clean” for the next 40 days, well 38 now, but you know what I mean. So what does that mean? In a nutshell, eating clean means eating whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein and complex carbs. Essentially anything that is “man-made” is not clean – refined sugars, white breads, preservatives, and bad fats are part of this. So I guess technically, I am giving up “dirty” foods.

This may sound like it is easy, but I can assure you that it can be difficult if you do not have enough ways to mix up the food options. I found this blog from someone in our little fitness support group on Facebook and I can say that it has become a favorite already. The Gracious Pantry¬†posts frequent, if not daily, recipes for clean meals, snacks and desserts. I have already tried a few recipes (The Cinnamon Chocolate Protein Bars, Chicken and Dumplings and the Hummus) and LOVE them!! The blogger, Tiffany, is also a cookbook author so I can only assume her cookbooks are full of phenomenal recipes as well… I just might have to pick one up to help get me through the next 40 days!

I mean, on a cold February day, doesn’t this look wonderful! I can assure you that it tastes pretty darn good too! Just click on the photo to go straight to the recipe!!! If you are interested in learning more about clean eating, she even has a Clean Eating 101 page where you can learn more about it! Trust me, it works!


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