We are so grateful for our amazing That Clean Life community. We are proud to be like family, holding each other up when times get tough and celebrating our victories as a team.
We inspire each other on the daily, and sharing our stories is a big part of that. That's why we're so excited for you to meet That Clean Life member, Sarah.
Sarah’s inspiration for turning her health around originally came from a place of feeling incredibly weak and vulnerable. But in the last year, Sarah has found both inner and outer strength.
“I was attacked at a bar. This left me black and blue. It was a nightmare. I have never felt so defenseless, weak, and broken. That's when I joined the gym, and loved it. I never wanted to feel defenseless, weak, and broken again.”
Once Sarah found strength and confidence, she set new goals for her health. Fitness, food and nutrition all became key tools to her success.
The gym quickly became a big part of Sarah's life but she still felt like something was missing. She wasn't getting the results she wanted, so she started to work with a coach who taught her how to push herself, set goals and the importance of proper nutrition. Sarah's coach is what led her to That Clean Life.
"The day I joined That Clean Life I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the kitchen. My favourite day of the week became food prep Sundays.”
We asked Sarah to share some of her tips and strategies for meal planning, and how she uses That Clean Life to stay in the best shape of her life. Here’s her best advice:
1. Buy Only What You Need
“When I first started eating clean I found it very costly. I would stock my fridge with good intentions, but I could never eat it all on time. So much wasted food and money. Now with That Clean Life I only buy what's on my meal plan. Why buy 6 apples when you only need 1?!
I think about all the food I used to throw away before I joined. Now, I do not remember the last time I threw something away. That Clean Life inspires me to cook, and try things I never thought I would try before.”
2. Meal Plan Like a Boss
“I like to have my meal plan made up just after all the new flyers are released. That way I can incorporate food that's on sale. I love that I can make a meal plan, and it generates a shopping list for me.”
Sarah does her grocery shopping on the weekend so she can spend Sunday meal prepping in the kitchen. We are always so inspired by Sarah’s weekly meal prep pictures in our private Facebook support and accountability group. She continually motivates us to get going on our own meal planning and prep!
Sarah's favourite That Clean Life meals:
- Spicy Sweet Potato, Turkey & Kale Bowl (she said this one is her all-time favourite!)
- Double Chocolate Black Bean Cookies
- Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
- Coconut Brownie Bites
3. Prep. Prep. Prep.
“Once Sunday morning rolls around I wake up, and get straight to the kitchen. I actually get excited to get started first thing in the morning.
I always prep healthy snacks like chopping veggies, and making hummus. I find if healthy snack are already prepared for the week there’s less chance of grabbing something unhealthy.
I always have a batch of clean treats made up as well for when that sweet tooth rolls in, and I like to prepare some lunches for the week. It’s good to be prepared for those busy days when you just do not have time to prepare a meal.”
Needless to say, Sarah is totally crushing her goals and feeling stronger than ever.
Sarah’s story is a perfect example of just how personal something like eating healthy can be. Choosing to nourish our bodies with whole foods isn’t just a way to prevent disease, feel energetic and have great digestion. It’s a way to practise self-love and self-respect.
“When I was younger, in my high school days, I suffered from a horrible drug addiction. It took a few years of my life that I can never get back. When I took that turn to get my life back together I made a promise to myself. I promised myself I would live a clean life, and take care of my body. I have kept that promise, and I am proud of how far I have come.”
Thank you for being you, Sarah!