Lean & Clean is not just a diet to follow but a wholistic approach to weight loss that includes eating a healthy whole food plant-based diet that has been scientifically proven to maximize weight loss (and keep it off) without calorie restriction.
Welcome to my blog! My name is Hannah, and the first thing I want you to know about me is that I can relate to you in so many ways. I believe you found this site because you want to get healthy, shed weight, and start living the life you deserve. I’m here to help you.
I have struggled with my weight throughout my entire life. I remember going on my first diet when I was twelve and in the sixth grade. I ate nothing except carrot sticks all day long with small portions of what my parents cooked for dinner because I thought the less I ate, the thinner I would become.
I would lay in my bed at night and do sit-ups and calisthenics until my muscles no longer moved. Looking back at that memory pains me. It marks the beginning of a life time struggle with my weight and body image, and to this day I pray no other person will ever have to go through the same struggle.
Over the next fifteen years my weight yo-yoed like crazy. I gained some here and lost some there, but I never understood how to eat healthy or care for my body in the way that it needed me to. I starved myself for days before breaking down and eating everything in my house. This was my way of dieting, but it never got me anywhere.
In fact, it led me to a very dark place to where I no longer knew how to deal with the basic stresses of life.
Around age sixteen, I turned to drugs and alcohol to help me cope, which, as you can guess, made things a whole lot worse.
By the time I was twenty years old, I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and drinking one to two bottles of wine a night while “sticking” to the low-carb diet that never got me anywhere. I knew I had to change, but I didn’t know how. I searched for inspiration, which I found online through social media.
“I turned to drugs and alcohol to help me cope, which, as you can guess, made things a whole lot worse.”
When I was twenty-seven years old, I decided to go vegan—raw vegan. There were a few people on YouTube and Instagram who talked about how they ate tons of fruit all day, felt energetic, and lost weight. In my eyes, they were living the dream. Eat as much as you want? No way! This was when my life changed for the better. I decided this was it. I would quit smoking, quit drinking, and become a raw vegan. I started out by eating a ton bananas and drinking huge smoothies everyday because that’s what I saw others doing.
I ate around 3,000 calories a day and, to make a long story short, I gained weight—thirty pounds! The eat-as-much-fruit-as-you-can life didn’t make me feel very good after a while. I became more depressed over time (particularly due to weight gain), felt lethargic, had the worst acne of my life, and I was always hungry. In the summer of 2014, I decided I couldn’t eat this way anymore. But I was grateful I found this lifestyle because even though I had gained weight, I overcame a lifetime addiction to cigarettes and alcohol. I knew I wanted to continue the plant-based lifestyle, but if I never ate another banana again, it would be too soon.
It was at this time I found Dr. McDougall and his diet ‘The Starch Solution’. I thought, hey, I love potatoes and rice. I can do this! And I did. Over the next six months I lost forty pounds without any effort. I rarely exercised, and I ate as much as I wanted. It almost seemed too easy.
“It’s for the people that want to live the happiest and healthiest life while they are here.”
Years later while I write this, I am so grateful that I am able to say that I truly love myself and this body that I have been given to explore the world. I no longer deprive myself of nutrition, I no longer use toxic substances like alcohol, cigarettes or prescription drugs. And life has never been better.
If you are in the place I used to be, know that you can free yourself. You CAN live a life without obsessing over food and exercise. You can be free from addiction and even though it seems impossible from where you are now, it may even seem incredibly difficult. Know that it is worth it. It is worth fighting for yourself. With every little success and bump in the road you become closer to the higher self you imagine yourself to be.
This website was created for you! The person that doesn’t want to settle for the body and health situation they are in. It’s for the people that want to live the happiest and healthiest life while they are here.
I’m often asked to mentor others on their journeys and trust me, I wish I had the time to help people one on one but the truth is, you can do this yourself. You have the power within you to change your life, and with a little guidance and help from the outside to move you in the right direction, you will get there in no time.
On this site you will find tons of information about going plant based, we have a free Weight Loss Cheat Sheet that will help you get started as well as tons of free recipes that are both delicious and healthy.
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