Over the years I’ve done just about every diet out there in an attempt to lose weight for good. The only time I’ve ever seen results that have lasted came from sticking to the basics of eating clean – consuming whole foods, balancing proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats and eating smaller meals over the course of the day every 3 hours or so. It’s something I’m aiming to commit to again in 2015 long-term, but I’ll be the first to admit it’s harder than it seems to stick with it if you’re trying to leave a lifetime of bad habits behind.
Abigail Keeso, RN, BScN understands this struggle just as well as you and I. After struggling with her own body image issues, trying fast-fix diets and working to reach a place where she felt good about herself, she found her happy place in clean eating.
Abigail and co-founder Christopher Hopkins launched That Clean Life in January 2014, starting with a series of e-books and challenges that took place over the course of the year and on January 1, 2015 they launched their full platform that provides recipes, automated grocery lists, customizable meal plans and more challenge opportunities. There’s a pricing structure to suit everyone’s budget and even an option to access Abigail’s nutrition coaching services.
They’re truly taking the grunt work out of healthy eating and providing a service I think a lot of us can use. I reached out to ask Abigail a few questions about her journey so far and the all-new That Clean Life for those of us looking to learn a bit more.
Tell us what eating clean means to you. “Eating clean means eating whole, real food and eliminating anything processed. My clean diet consists of tons of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, beans and organic meat.”
What made you want to create That Clean Life and turn this into a career? “I’ve always struggled with body image issues. I put myself through diets, starvation, deprivation and was always searching for quick fixes. Then in my early twenties, I was diagnosed with a uretero-pelvic junction obstruction and hydronephrosis. This was scary and a real eye opener. I knew I needed to stop taking my health for granted. I discovered the concept of eating clean. It was simple and just made sense to me. I learned how to fuel my body with real food that tasted delicious and my whole life changed. I felt better, I looked better, I thought better and I was a better person to myself and those around me.”
Did you always see yourself doing something like this? “Nope. If you would have told me 5 years ago I would be entering the health, nutrition and technology spaces, I would have laughed.”
What’s been the biggest highlight of launching That Clean Life? “The realization that we’ve actually created a product that makes eating healthy simple and fun.”
What’s your number one piece of advice for those trying to switch to eating clean? “Start slow and make small changes over time. I always suggest with committing to eat clean for just one meal type. For instance, “I will eat all clean dinners this week”. Once you’ve got that down pat, move onto breakfast. Keep making those small changes and overtime you will be looking and feeling your best.”
What’s your biggest indulgence you can’t resist? “I love a good slice of pepperoni pizza!”
Visit thatcleanlife.com to learn more & explore! If you check it out I want to hear your thoughts.