FAQ’s

I’ll admit it: I LOVE getting questions from all of you! Here is a growing list of questions that I wanted to make public in case any one else may have the same kind of question.
Still have a question? Email me! thecleaneatingmama (at) gmail.com or simply type your question in the box that is located on the right hand side of my blog.
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Do you count calories / how many calories do you consume daily?

Oh gosh, I have no idea how many calories I eat in a day. By eating and incorporating a healthy lifestyle I don’t worry too much about how many calories are going into my body. As you may have read, I did have an un-healthy relationship with food; limiting my consumption to a very low amount, basically obsessing about ever little crumb that I digested. I became a prisoner to food and I wasn’t able to enjoy life. I do watch what I eat still, but I have learned to enjoy and embrace all of the healthy foods on this planet!

What are your staple foods? What are your must haves for the pantry and fridge?

Here is a list of my most loved items that I have in the house at all times:
5 power foods
Other foods include organic apples, almond milk, raw almonds, bananas, carrots, onions, nut butter, olive oil, maple syrup, oatmeal, organic coffee, frozen assorted fruit (if it’s not in season), flax meal, whole wheat flour – I also buy seasonal and on sale produce. It varies from week to week. Obviously I buy more in the summer than in the winter, and I try to search for organic products always.

Do you plan your meals?

Nope – I eat on a whim. I am a pretty horrible planner in general as my tastes change from one minute to the next! But if I know a vegetable needs to be eaten ASAP I will make sure to incorporate it that day. I do keep a handy portfolio of recipes and foods I want to eat or try, and branch off of that. The one thing I have noticed from blogging and reading other blogs is the inspiration I seem to get on a daily basis! There are some mighty fine cooks out there in blogger land!

I know your husband eats meat and you don’t. Do you plan on raising Jordan vegetarian or both?

Right now I am currently keeping him vegetarian 99% of the time. He may eat white meat once or twice a month but this is not planned. Meaning, I don’t make him meals with meat in it but sometimes his dad will give him bites of chicken, turkey or ham, or if he is staying with my mom I believe he eats a small amount of meat with her. I really don’t have an answer as to why I am not keeping him 100% vegetarian at the moment, but I do plan on keeping him on a very high vegetarian diet from here on out.

What are some good and wholesome snacks you recommend?

My motto – If you are hungry, EAT! Depriving yourself of food will only lead to disaster in the long run. I eat 5-6 times a day. Small, filling meals and snacks keep me fueled all day long and I never feel fatigued. I know this is no easy task as I have a little one running around all day but I keep grab-n-go snacks available at all times to help me.
Vegan and Non Vegan snacks/mini meals

  • Apple with nuts or nut butter, or a banana with nut butter
  • Carrots, celery, bell pepper and crackers with hummus
  • Lara Bars, Nectar Bars, Glo Bars and Pro Bars
  • Greek Yogurt with granola and fruit
  • a handful of crackers topped with tomato, basil and mozzarella
  • crackers with nut butter
  • A Green Monster

What kind of dog is Lilly?

Lilly is a 5 year old half German Sheppard – half Rottweiler. She is very well mannered, gentle demeanor and loves kids.

Are you vegan or do you eat clean?

The answer is both. You can read my full answer here.

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4 Responses to FAQ’s

  1. Lele says:

    This is such wonderfully sane advice. I totally admire your attitude. I am not 100% there but you are very encouraging!Also, I'm having a first blogiversary giveaway and you should enter! I am very grateful to be on your blogroll 😀

  2. Thanks for sharing all the info!I totally believe in the eating 5-6 times a day and staying fueled – I lost over 100 pounds that way! 😀

  3. greensandjeans says:

    I think you have such a good food philosophy! I will say that all of my friends that were raised 100% vegetarian usually made the choice to eat meat later in life, but those who were raised "mostly" vegetarian usually ended up being a full blown veggie. Maybe it's a rebellion thing?

  4. Katie ♥ says:

    Hey love!!! I love your lifestyle of eating, i pretty much feel the same way, i dont count calories either, and I dont plan meals, I do here and there for my boys though!! Love ya girl! xoxo

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