I haven't really been 100% clean eating like I had mentioned in the beginning of the year. I have allowed some things back in my life because I have done what I feel works best for me. I don't eat any processed meals: Smart Ones, Lean Cuisines, etc... I don't eat Fiber One bars or any of those things but I do eat some cereal that isn't organic. I do eat Weight Watchers oatmeal because I enjoy it and it's 3 points. I do eat fat free cheese on occasion. There are certain things that I deemed OKAY in my book because that is what works for ME.
Here is my take:
"Food companies hide their ingredients to trick you", "if your water isn't filtered then it's not good for you", "whole grains might not really be whole", "artificial coloring causes ADHD", "hot dogs increase the risk of brain cancer", "if you can't pronounce the ingredient don't eat it", "chewing gum makes you crave junk", "granola is full of sugar and you shouldn't eat it" and so on and so forth.
I like some foods that have hidden incredients.
I don't restrict myself from foods that I enjoy.
I eat things in moderation.
Sometimes I can't pronounce ingredients but the food satisfies me and works with my plan.
I like tap water.
I eat enough vegetables in one day for two people.
I snack on fruit.
Hot dogs are gross anyway.
I don't have time to obsess over every single thing I put in my mouth and what hidden ingredients are in it.
What I'm doing is working for me. I eat grilled chicken instead of fried. I eat Cheerios instead of ice cream. I eat gum instead of candy. I stress WAY less since I have loosened the reigns a little bit on my eating regimen. I still track everything I eat and I make BETTER choices. Maybe they're not what some may view as the BEST choices but for me - they work.
Maybe one day I may choose to be more into each ingredient that I consume but not right now.
To each their own.