How to Eat Clean With a Realistic Balance

How to Eat Clean With a Realistic Balance

We feel like this post is quite fitting after a holiday weekend. 😉

Spinach for Breakfast is all about healthy eating with a “realistic balance.” However, learning the balance part can sometimes be harder than just sticking to eating healthy all together. Aka, eating clean all week and then binge eating on the weekends doesn’t really work out so well. We know, we’ve tried to make it work.

We have been on this clean eating with a balance journey for a few years now. It takes time to figure out, and it’s most likely different for everyone. We aim to cut out as much gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and processed foods during our weekly “routine meals” as possible.  This includes breakfast, lunch at work, and dinner at home. Because we are preparing most of these meals ourselves, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be healthy.

The balance comes into our social lives, and during those times where we say eff it, I’m out at this awesome restaurant or bunkered in a ski cabin all weekend and I’m eating what I want. As long as we don’t get carried away, it works out pretty well 🙂




1. Find out what optimal health feels like for you.

This will be different for everyone. We found that it’s really hard to learn how to balance clean eating if your body does not know what it’s like to feel really really good! We do the Clean Program once or twice a year, and at the end of that cleanse we are truly at our “optimal health.” We feel amazing, and we use that feeling as the goal to get back to when we feel ourselves slipping. So after a busy weeks of dinners and drinks, we will take as many days as we need to stick to clean eating until we are back to feeling amazing. This keeps us from going off the deep end. 🙂

2. Find out what your body tolerates and what it doesn’t.

We started this journey because we never felt well. Maria always had a stomach ache and Alyssa always felt exhausted. Through an elimination diet, we learned what our bodies tolerate and what they do not. Although it’s hard at first, you learn to value how you feel more than what you eat. This will give you a different kind of motivation to stick to better food choices.

3. Do not think you have to eat salad for the rest of your life.

Eating clean does not have to be a sacrifice, and should never be a “diet.” It’s a way of life, and it’s delicious. 🙂 So make sure you have some variety in your meals! Health food bloggers are your friend, and an excellent source for new recipes! You will begin to crave your own healthy cooking, and then it will just be a way of life.

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Ever have the Sunday Scaries? Where you wake up Sunday morning after being out, realizing you definitely drank too much, and have a vague memory of eating pizza in the cab? Yeah, so those things happen. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Stress only does the body worse. Take it as a night in the books and move on with a green smoothie for breakfast. 😉



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