This coming week, I will be doing a three day pre-Clean Eating Challenge trial to prepare for the 7-day Challenge at the end of July. Specifically it will be the week of July 26 – August 2.

I was so pleased to see that many of you are interested in joining me!

(Goodies from my garden. Yes, pansies are edible!)

A few things about the challenge, so we are on the same page:

  • It is not a diet, a cleanse, or a weight loss plan.
  • It is meant to be for me, and those of you who are interested in being more mindful about what and how we eat.
  • It is meant to eliminate refined sugar, and processed foods.
  • It follows the seven simple words from Michael Pollan’s book, Food Rules: EAT FOOD. NOT TOO MUCH. MOSTLY PLANTS.

I am working on the DO EAT and DON’T EAT lists, and I am also gathering some simple recipes that may inspire you to incorporate into the July challenge.

Why am I doing this?

Mostly, it is because I have a sweet tooth! And I’d like to clean up my eating habits, and hope to make it part of my daily choices for good.


Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to say goodbye to sweet things forever. I love food. Life is too short to set strict limitations to things that bring about small pleasures.

But I also know how detrimental too much sugar, and processed foods can be to our health and well-being. I know this scientifically, philosophically, and I also know it personally.

This past April, in solidarity with my Catholic husband, our family gave up dessert (any sweet treats) during Lent. Forty plus days of no dessert between or after meals was going to be challenging, I knew that. The first week was super tough. The familiar craving that came after having something savory was like a loud annoying car alarm in my head. My sensitivity to the surroundings increased: everywhere I looked, there was something that could be categorized as ‘dessert’. It was everywhere, in drugstores, at gas stations, every isle of the supermarket. Even at natural food stores or farmers markets where you’d think most foods should be healthful, the same delicious sweet ingredients made themselves present: chocolate, cookies, muffins, cakes, and more chocolate.

Sugar was (and is) everywhere.

It took many days of saying NO, of averting my eyes, of distracting myself. It helped so much that I had three other human beings depending on my honesty. I was faced with accountability. With the help of acupuncture, exercise, and a lot of will power, the cravings decreased. And then diminished. When that happened, I felt like I could conquer the world.

Well, maybe not totally.

But I definitely had more energy. The 3pm energy slump disappeared. My clothes felt loser. I lost less hair in the shower.

I don’t think it’s coincidence. My eating habits really shifted! At that point, it became clear that “You are what you eat” is not merely a cliché.


(Brown rice will be one of my staples)

I am excited to re-live those non-dessert days again. This time, it will be even cleaner. No refined sugar. No processed anything. I plan to follow a lot of Michael Pollan’s advice in his book, Food Rules. I will share some of them with you as we progress. I will be posting updates regularly on Facebook, and there will be many more blog posts to come.

I hope you will join me in this challenge. It works a lot better when we do it together. And you never know, maybe we can all conquer the world, together.

In good health,