January 22, 2020

Our Beyond the Challenge Feature, Lauren!

Lauren participated in our Fall CSE Challenge and totally CRUSHED IT. Her story truly testifies to the reality that wholesome food is HEALING, both mentally and physically. When you’re eating the right amount of food in a good balance, it can be life-changing! Read her full Beyond the Challenge story below!

I have struggled with depression and anxiety for the past 10 years, and after having my second child a little over a year ago postpartum depression and anxiety hit me hard. I had been managing with medication, but I still didn’t feel quite like myself... until the Fall Challenge.

I started the Clean Simple Eats Fall Challenge to lose some extra baby weight, but I had no idea how much it would help restore my mental health. I used to cope with my mental illness by eating comfort foods that were not nutritious and left me feeling worse afterward. I got to the point where most of the things I put in my body were not healthy. I would eat a cookie, feel guilty about eating, get down on myself, and eat another cookie to make myself feel better. This vicious cycle would happen so often that I wondered if I could ever break it. CSE to the rescue!

Fueling my body with the right nutrients and the right amount of food has made me feel amazing! I haven’t been this happy in a really long time. I feel like I’ve become a better and happier wife and mom. I have way more energy than I did before and I didn’t have an ounce of caffeine throughout the whole challenge. (Before the Fall Challenge I would drink 2 diet sodas a day and still be stuck on the couch in an afternoon slump or would have to take a nap.)

The CSE recipes are so delicious and I feel so satisfied and healthy after eating each snack and meal! I never thought eating clean could taste so good. I am so excited that I have finally found a lifestyle change that works for me and I can truly see myself eating like this for the rest of my life. I feel so much better emotionally, mentally and physically, and losing weight and fitting into my old clothes is an added bonus!

Thank you Clean Simple Eats for helping me to heal my relationship with food.

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