Clean Eating & Not Being Pretentious

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So, I’m attempting to slowly convert to clean eating. This is not an easy task.

For one, I don’t want to be a pretentious asshole. And a lot of “health nuts” tend to be this.  This is one of the main reasons I haven’t converted to clean eating before — I don’t want to be lumped into a group of snotty moms who turn up their noses whenever they see a kid with a popsicle or lunchable. Or the parents who send their kids to eat lunch at their schools, and the kid can only eat from the salad bar, and not only that, but they can’t eat it with any dressing or condiments because they’re not “clean.” These type of people really piss me off. I want Zoey to be able to eat a freakin’ cupcake in her classroom, if they’re celebrating a birthday. In fact, I give you all permission to kick me in the face, with no warning, if I ever become one of those.

Luckily, I have recently found a ton of helpful, unpretentious (is it unpretentious or non-pretentious? ….eh, whatever) blogs that offer clean eating recipes, grocery lists, and the like. (More on that later…)

Second, I live a life of a working mom, who attends school full time, and spends a lot of time in the theatre. A lot of factors are against me.

Third, I live on an extremely tight budget. So tight that I’m not even sure you can call it a “budget.” And I don’t care what anyone says, eating healthy is expensive…at least more expensive than the alternative. (This is another reason the pretentious a-holes I talked about earlier make me so angry…try living your fantastic clean eating life on my budget and see how that works out, jerk).

So, what is clean eating going to look for me?

– Couponing (the iBotta app just started working with Whole Foods, hooray!)
– Trader Joe’s and Costco!
– Preparing my week’s meals on Sunday.
– Crockpot meals.
– Making a slow conversion.
– Allowing Zoey and I to “cheat” and not feel bad about it.

I’ll keep you all updated on my progress, and hopefully be able to share some yummy recipes along the way.