Well….. it’s finally arrived…… My very first blog post!!! I’m so excited that you are here! I hope we’ll have some fun as I share with you the “ins and outs” of clean eating from “my” point of view. I’m a bit nervous as I start this whole blogging thing. I am far from a journalist but that’s okay because I am planning on speaking to you as I would a friend. I’m going to try not to obsess over every little comma and semi-colon. After all, this is a blog and not an essay that I’m turning in to a professor for a grade, right? I’m really looking forward to hanging out with you guys. I’m going to post some great recipes here. Some that I’ve come up with on my own and some are inspired by others. Other recipes I’ll share, I have adapted from books or websites. I’m also going to give you tips and information that I’ve learned as I’ve changed up our family’s eating habits. Grab onto what is helpful for you and share it with others but most importantly…….try to start making small changes in your diet everyday. As Americans, we have drifted away from what we knew many years ago. We have added so many unhealthy foods into our lives for the sake of convenience. Frozen, processed, enriched and fortified foods are in all our pantries. Fast food restaurants at every red light and the grocery stores are full of products that most of us have no clue what the ingredients include. Believe me when I say, “I was that person a little over a year ago.” I truly want to convince you that this is a do-able lifestyle no matter where you live…..North, South, East or West. I want you to know “why” we should eat a cleaner, more plant based diet daily and skip all the crappy foods. There is factual evidence and research proving the benefits of eating “clean” and eating for nutrition. After tons of reading and research, experimenting with recipes, shopping and scrutinizing labels on foods, I think I have come up with a way to make this work in our household. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to do the same. I have to confess though, that this blog is an outlet for me. I am so “into” this way of eating, that sometimes I feel that my friends eyes glaze over once I get on my “clean eating soapbox.” I don’t want to turn anyone off. I do not judge anyone but sometimes I think others feel, because of the choices I have made, that I am condemning them for having a cheeseburger. To put it simply…..This blog is a way for me to tell others about this amazing epiphany that I have had. It is a way for me to share the information I’ve learned without offending all my friends and family. You see…. I have got to get it out…. “I have seen the light!” SO…. Lets do this thing! Here we go…… HELLO WORLD, LETS EAT CLEAN!