During the past year I have struggled quite a bit with really bad headaches. These headaches would sometimes last several days and I spent much of that time curled in a ball praying the headaches would go away quickly. And so I have spent this past year trying to find the cause of the headaches and maybe try to find a way to get rid of them. Or at least reduce their frequency. I tried lots of things including visiting a chiropractor, better pain management, cutting out dairy from my diet, and more. As I continued to do research online I came across this idea of “eating clean.” Essentially this means removing all (or at least most) processed foods from your diet. So I tried it and guess what? It worked! The “cleaner” my diet is, the fewer headaches I have.
Is it difficult to give up processed foods? Absolutely! But I also know that when I give in to the temptation it’s going to result in a headache and that is simply not worth it to me. Do I eat clean 100% of the time? Nope, but I try to get as close as possible!
What I have found to be the most effective for staying on top of this eating lifestyle is to do once-a-week food prep so that it is easy for me to grab and prepare food throughout the week. Here is week one…
#1 – Salsa Chicken – This is seriously the easiest recipe EVER and it is so yummy! I have it in corn tortillas, with salad, or even just plain. If you click on the link to the recipe you’ll see where I originally found this recipe but I have to admit that I’ve also made this chicken by just throwing chicken and salsa in the crockpot and leaving it on low for a few hours.
#2 – Pre-cut veggies – I have found that snacking is the most difficult part of eating clean so I have found it really helpful to have clean snacks like veggies on hand and ready to go.
#3 – Hard-boiled eggs – A great source of protein and incredibly easy to make ahead of time. The trick? Add baking soda to the water, put the eggs in the water and then bring to a boil. Once it has reached a boil, put a lid on the pot, turn off the heat and let sit for 12 minutes. Perfect eggs EVERY SINGLE time.
#4 – Taco Salad – I absolutely love this salad because it makes me realize you don’t have to give up good taste to eat clean!