Let’s go over some basics: A clean diet can be a little bit different for everyone but there is one thing that all clean eaters would agree on:
The white stuff must go! This includes all white sugar and white flour products. These foods provide absolutely no nutritional value.
Whole foods fill you up and fuel you, whereas the white stuff, like sugar, pasta, bread, crackers, high fructose corn syrup, flour and cereal, deplete your energy and make it very hard to keep your blood sugar levels stable. When your blood sugar is too high or too low it will cause cravings and may also cause symptoms like irritability
and fatigue. This will make staying on a clean eating plan more difficult.
Let me make it simple: Eat the rainbow daily. Eat a variety of foods that are not packaged or processed. Go to the market and have fun buying fresh produce. Don’t shop in the middle of the market where the packaged foods are; instead buy the fresh vegetables, fruits, and clean proteins on the exterior aisles.
The clean eating approach understands that not all calories are equal. Eating whole foods will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to keep your body healthy and nourished, which means no dieting and no binging.
Whole foods contain anabundance of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, C, D and K, B12, magnesium, and calcium. Of course, you could take supplements for these but the nutrients are absorbed much better when consumed through food versus pill form.
CLEAN EATING: THE BREAKDOWN
You Are What You Eat
You are what you eat and you cannot make changes in your life if you do not commit to your health. You also cannot help the people you love if you don’t help yourself first. The food you put into your mouth directly affects your mood, your sleep, your mindset, your skin, your gut and your hormonal health.
What you choose to eat may be affected by your emotions. If you feel like you are having a particularly tough week, you may eat to not feel. If you are stressed, you may skip meals or binge eat.
Before we begin this beautiful journey, we must commit to ourselves.
We must make a declaration.
I want you to write down 5 reasons you are making this change.
It can be for you or you may be making this change for a loved one.
Tap into your why as your why will carry you through those tough days when you don’t want to eat clean.
What you choose to eat will affect your mood and your energy levels. If you feel like you are having a particularly tough week, you may resort to ‘comfort food’ to placate your emotions. If you are stressed, you may start missing meals, or even eat too much. What you do not see is that in these behaviors, there are cognitive connections that keep you from living a balanced life. Living a clean
life means you know whole foods can fix you.
• If you are stressed, have root vegetables to ground you.
• If you feel tired, enjoy a glass of lemon water or eat some
watermelon to hydrate your cells.
• If you feel bloated, have a cup of water with lemon and 1
tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar.
UNDERSTANDING WHY PROCESSED FOODS MAKE YOU
Clean eating is not just about shedding the unwanted weight. It is about choosing foods that give you endless energy. If you have wrinkles and cellulite, then you want to stop eating processed food.
Cellulite is simply the result of toxins stored in fat. Wrinkles can happen from a lack of collagen or too much stress. Processed foods can stress the body. Imagine how much work it takes to make a bar like Think Thin. Those are loaded with soy and tons of chemicals; do you think this will defy age or age you?
Clean eating is a way of life. Clean eating is not just the food you eat, it is how you think about life.
A CLEAN YOU. A CLEAN LIFE.
It is about choosing the cleaner life, so you thrive and not just survive.
Today, we are bombarded by toxins in our food, in our air, in our water and we suffer. We are bombarded by toxic people and toxic stuff on television.
We must choose to eat the healthiest foods we can. When you choose to eat fresh, and unprocessed foods, you choose life. Ditch the canned foods or the foods loaded with preservatives, as these will age you and make you tired.
EATING NUTRIENT-DENSE FOODS
When you start on your journey of clean eating, you have certain dreams and goals you are trying to achieve. The simplest trick in eating clean is to remember to ditch the junk.
Look at the nutrients you get per calorie and again, this is not to make you feel like you are dieting but to awaken you to a new way of eating. When you eat this way, you will have less cravings because you are getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs. Plus, this is a sure-fire way to end dieting.
Here are some simple rules:
1. Eat more fresh vegetables
2. Eat fresh fruits
3. Eat foods that have high nutritional value aka nutrient dense
4. Consume foods in the most natural state
5. Buy organic and when possible buy local
The simplest trick in eating clean is to remember that eating clean equals eating foods that are low in calories but packed with nutrients.
Some of my favourite nutrient-dense foods are:
3. Hemp seeds
7. Chia Seeds
Adding one nutrient-dense food as a snack a day will give you the antioxidant power you need to defy age and have the energy you deserve.
REMEMBER, EAT THE RAINBOW AND SAY GOODBYE TO PACKAGED FOOD.