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“me”

Hey! I am Lisa.  Like all moms, I am in a constant state of trying to keep all the balls in the air without letting anything of importance come crashing down.  While in many ways women have it so much easier than our mothers, in other ways are lives are so much crazier, busier and more stressful. Our kids are in activities multiple days a week, and the activities are all over town, not just at their school. We have stressful jobs but still are carrying more than half of the load at home. We are taking care of aging parents while we are still raising our own children.   We put out the hottest fires first, which generally means we do not take care of ourselves, we skip the gym, we buy convenience foods, etc. 

I did not really start cooking until after college when I first moved out of the house.  Through my twenties I found a love of cooking not only for myself but for others. I loved having friends over for dinner parties.  I still love having people over for dinner but my meals have become so much more sophisticated than those early dinner parties. Through the years I have become quite the foodie and love playing with new flavors and food combinations. 

After the birth of my first child, I started my journey with “clean eating”.   However, my journey has been slow. Over the past ten years, I have been balancing my legal career, two kids, a husband who owns his own business, moving my family to a new state, and a host of other stressors. Early on I made small changes. But I never felt like I had the time to meal prep or the time to cook after a long day of work.  Most days my mantra was “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” 

  Today,  my family eats “cleanish,” which means we eat clean for most of our meals but we also incorporate some “worth it” foods into our lives.  That doesn’t mean I am always in the kitchen. I have learned to streamline my food shopping and cooking so that I am not constantly at the grocery store or in the kitchen. 

Welcome to my page where I will share with you my love of cooking with my pursuit to eat cleanish.

Lisa

"what is a cleanish life?"

"what is a cleanish life?"

Over the past few years terms “clean eating” and “eating clean” have been all over the internet and social media. Clean eating is defined as eating foods that are minimally processed, few additives and preservatives, and are pretty close to their natural form. 

My “cleanish life” means I live in the real world. To think that I can eat clean 100% of the time much less make my family eat clean 100% of the time is an unrealistic goal for my family.  I will preface that my family and I are free of allergies and any other medical conditions that require a modified diet. 

Most of the food that I buy for the house are clean with very few processed foods.  That is not to say that we go without “treats”.  If we want a cookie or cake I am going to bake them, this allows me to know what is in the baked good and we make it a family affair.  When we go out to eat, I try to select entrees that are heavier in the veggies and proteins and I generally skip entrees that are in heavy sauces or creams.  I plan my “worth it” meals/foods so that I make sure to eat clean leading up to that portion of my day. 

Once you have become accustomed to eating clean, your tastebuds will change. Some foods just will not taste good to you anymore and will not be “worth” the calories. But there are going to be other foods that will always be “worth it” and those foods are okay! It becomes a matter of portion control. 

"relationship with food"

"relationship with food"