How clean eating will change your life 🥦

Do you ever feel like climbing under your desk for a nap by noon? Assuming you had a good night’s sleep, your breakfast could be the culprit. Morning meals that lack proper amounts of protein can zap your energy. To kickstart your energy, the first meal of the day should contain three important components: protein, whole grain carbs, and healthy fat. Like three legs of a stool, these nutrients support each other, and when combined, they support your energy reserves. Try crunchy almond butter on whole grain bread, or a bowl of cold yoghurt (gut health) and chopped nuts to help you feel plugged-in till lunch.

Clean eating supports physical as well as mental health. A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids has been known to alleviate depression and ward off moodiness while B vitamins are precursors to the feel-good brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin. Developing a healthy relationship with real food and eating mindfully can empower your body and feed your soul.

A healthy diet, containing omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals is a surefire way to get strong hair and nails that are worthy of all that time (and money) you spend getting mani-pedis and blowouts. Your hair and nails are made of protein, so be sure to include foods like fish, poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts to keep strands strong. Additionally, a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables will provide vitamins C, E and biotin to help grow long locks and durable nails.

Eating a well-balanced combination of whole grain carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats will evenly provide energy for your body over the course of several hours, letting your hunger cues rest. A quick DIY turkey and avocado sandwich on whole grain bread at lunch could ditch that afternoon slump and dismiss the urge to visit the vending machine. Including this winning combo of nutrients in

every meal and snack can prevent the overeating that leads to feeling bloated

and uncomfortable.

If you’re tossing and turning all night long, your bedtime snack may be to blame.

Skip the candy or leftover takeout, which can wind you up before you turn down. Instead, choose foods naturally high in tryptophan, such as skim or low-fat milk or a small handful of almonds, which provide protein and melatonin to help soothe you into slumber.

At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. And of course I focus on bio-individuality of my clients (this is why I don’t give meal plans, but together we can work to create your own individualised plan to suit you) but always focus on clean-eating no matter what dietary theory you follow.

I also share recipes so here is one of them 👇🏼

SWEET POTATO POWER BOWL

Serves 2

1 large sweet potato, chopped

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 chicken breast

sea salt and black pepper to taste

4 cups of chopped kale

1 avocado, chopped

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 red bell pepper, chopped

DRESSING

1 heaping tablespoon tahini

1 lemon, juiced

Preheat the oven at 350F/175C.

Place chopped sweet potatoes on a baking tray with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes.

While the sweet potato is baking, add coconut oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper. When the oil is melted, add the chicken breast. Cook the chicken breast for about 5 minutes per side until the centre is no longer pink. Set to the side while making the remainder of the salad.

Next, add chopped kale to a large mixing bowl. Massage with avocado, olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper until wilted. Add bell pepper and chopped chicken breast. Finally, mix up the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over the salad. Top with sweet potato and mix well. Serve immediately.