Eating healthy is a big part of losing weight and I see many people who can get a hold of their workouts, but still fall short when it comes to eating healthy, thus they don’t get the results that they were looking for. Your body is your temple and you have to treat it as such; unfortunately, too often we treat our bodies like trash cans. You know, filling our bellies with junk, processed foods, refined sugars, fatty foods, fried foods, and everything else in between. I can relate because I used to be a horrible eater.
What is Clean Eating?
Many people are hearing about eating “Clean” and there are many different “diets” that are out there, but basically, “Eating Clean” means that you are eating and preparing food in its most natural state. This means staying away from processed foods, foods that can be found on the shelves or in boxes, and contain all of the yucky preservatives and additives. I am a firm believer that our bodies were created to heal itself and it does that when we provide it with the best foods possible, drink enough water, get enough sleep, and engage in physical activity. Eating clean is a great way to not only lose weight (I dropped 11 pounds in January by eating 100% clean), but also to live a healthier life where you have more energy, more focus, and feel much better.
An example of a day of clean eating, would go something like this:
- Breakfast – Egg White Veggie Omelet and Whole Wheat Toast
- Snack – Natural Peanut Butter with Apples
- Lunch – Salad chocked full of veggies and grilled chicken
- Snack – Plain Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with Fresh Fruit
- Dinner – Grilled Salmon, Steamed Veggies, & Brown Rice (or Quinoa)
- Water – At least 2 liters
When you eat cleaner, it means that most of your meals include fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, nuts/legumes, and whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, millet, oatmeal, etc). Yes, some stuff will come in boxes, but the idea is to choose items that do not have preservatives and added items.
Trader Joes and Whole Foods are great places to find cleaner food items. Also, shopping along the perimeter of the grocery store (produce, dairy, deli). The middle part of the grocery store is where you will find the non-perishable food items. (Hint: If it is non-perishable, it’s not clean ) If you have to shop for foods that aren’t on the perimeter, aim for foods that have a very short ingredient list. Anything over 5, typically means that it has a lot of chemicals and man made ingredients, which deems it “unclean”. Eating clean is a lifestyle change, not a diet. And even if you are able to adjust 50% of your meals to being cleaner, you will see a big difference.
Please feel free to comment below with any recipes you would like to share. I’ll post them on my blog and put you down are the one who suggested it. How fun!