Clean Bean


12193431_10207927179361075_1529579682301164474_n.jpgHello lovebugs. I’ve had quite a journey the last few months and I’m here to tell you all about it. But first, I got to see M83 and Beach House in Dallas last weekend and it was the best thing ever. Alright! Now we can move on.

If you know me, you know that I am (or was) the most unhealthy eater/person ever. I never cared what I ate before, partly out of my naturally any body is a beautiful body and I won’t starve myself to fit the social norms thought process, but partly just because I did not know what a difference eating clean would make in my life. Now don’t get me wrong, I am 100% sure that any body is beautiful and you shouldn’t starve yourself to fit the social norms, but eating well doesn’t mean you are conforming to this ideal. Eating well isn’t starving yourself, but on the contrary, eating wrong might be. Most Americans are overfed and undernourished, so most of the time if you’re eating unhealthy foods, you aren’t getting the nourishment you need, thus starving yourself of the necessary things your body needs. And I know everybody knows you shouldn’t eat junk food all the time and blah blah blah, but I did not buy into it until I actually tried it. And let me tell you people, it’s true!

So, my mother, bless her precious soul, decided to go on a 30 day cleanse with a company called Arbonne. I had heard a little bit about clean eating from youtube and a friend of mine who had recently started her clean bean journey (@soulpaletteblog), but knew hardly anything about it myself. My mom told me about it on Sunday, and I thought awe, what a fun idea, and the next day I started the cleanse with her. Another fun fact about me, I’m both incredibly indecisive and incredibly impulsive if that’s even a thing. The diet we had was primarily fruits, vegetables, clean meats, and grains. We couldn’t have any gluten, sugar, processed foods (saying goodbye to diet coke was a devastating blow, but i’m 2 months into recovery, prayers appreciated), or dairy products. It sounded kind of terrible to me, but it was actually honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done.

You have to understand, I drank 3-4 diet cokes a DAY, coffee once a day, fast food at least everyday, maybe twice, a snack after school was 1389 oreos, I never drank water (literally only diet coke I’m not joking), and I never ate breakfast. So, all things considered, this was a MAJOR change for me. Another fun fact about me, while we’re getting cozy and personal, is that I have the worst immune system known to man, got sick at least once a month, got headaches if I didn’t have caffeine, and had really terrible energy levels/ was always exhausted, over committed myself, and never got any sleep. There you have it folks, the dark side of Claire Prather.

All I have to say about that is thank Jesus that that was me 2 months ago and not now! Starting out on the clean eating, I’m not going to lie, it was hard. I was so tired because I was so addicted to caffeine the first week it’s all a blur, but by week two, I was starting to see some amazing changes in my life. I wasn’t getting headaches anymore, I didn’t get sick THE ENTIRE MONTH I WAS ON IT (and that, my friends, is life-changing for me), I was actually sleeping, and had so much more energy. I love yoga with my whole heart, and it was probably the only healthy thing about me before I started this, but I was always exhausted after class because of how dehydrated and malnourished I was on a regular basis. But while eating clean, I felt so much stronger and had so much more endurance and energy. Also, God bless protein shakes in the morning. Breakfast is a game changer, people! Oh, and I lost like 10 pounds? Which was completely not the goal, but an added bonus!

After I finished the 30 days, I slowly started putting unclean things into my life, and I started feeling the same way as before. I did not feel good, I got sick, and honestly, I had stopped craving certain things that I used to love! So, today, two weeks after finishing my 30 day challenge, I’m starting it all over again. It is a lifestyle change for me, and it’s going to take some pushing myself, but it is SO SO worth it. If you’re like my pre-clean self, you should definitely try healthifying your life. I promise it will be one of the best things you ever do for yourself! And when you feel better, you’re better able to help those around you. You can’t love others as you love yourself without first loving yourself.

If you’re interested in my specific 30 day detox or the company that it is through, I am actually now an Arbonne consultant (ahh so fun!) and can give you any info you need! If you want to hear more about the company, I’m having a little get-together at my house on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 pm to learn about it! There will be food, there will be prizes, and there will be a wealth of good information. Anyone (moms, dads, brothers, sisters, significant others, grandparents, neighbors, friends, acquaintances, facebook friends, housekeepers, florists, your fav coffee shop barista, etc.) is welcome. If you are interested in coming, let me know and I will give you my address. And if you want to check out the fun little website go here!

But really, whether it’s with Arbonne or not, I cannot stress enough how much I want you to consider eating healthy. When you are healthy, you feel better, and that benefits everyone around you, not just you! That’s probably the biggest thing I have learned from this experience. I love you all. Eat a strawberry!

With love,