Spring is finally here! It is the season for new beginnings and the perfect time to spring clean your eating habits!
CLEAN EATING is a catchy phrase, but what exactly does it mean? First, let’s start by letting you know that clean eating is NOT a diet, it is a lifestyle approach to eating healthier and being empowered with knowledge to continue making healthier food choices and creating healthier habits. The soul of eating clean is essentially eating fresh, nutrient dense, real, whole foods.
It means consuming foods found in nature instead of manufactured in a science lab. It means eating food that is not processed and free of additives, preservatives, chemicals, hormones, GMO ingredients, and pesticides. It means eating foods that nourish and heal your body instead of harming your health.
Clean eating is very individualistic, it can mean different things to different people. It allows you the freedom and flexibility to create an eating style that works best for you, that you are comfortable with, that you can maintain long term and that you love.
Regardless of what you do, where you are and how busy your life is there are always opportunities to make healthier food choices, create healthier habits, improve your health and create a healthier lifestyle.
A FEW BENEFITS TO CLEAN EATING ARE:
- INCREASED ENERGY
- WEIGHT LOSS
- IMPROVED QUALITY OF SLEEP
- IMPROVED DIGESTION + IMMUNITY
- IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH
- GLOWING SKIN
- STRONGER HAIR + NAILS
- DECREASE RISK OF HEALTH PROBLEMS
7 QUICK + EASY CLEAN EATING TIPS
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Skip the diets, fads, trends and just eat healthy! Explore and find what works best for you, make healthier choices and create healthier habits that make sense to you and that are aligned with your health and wellness goals. Incorporate things you love and enjoy that help keep you moving forward and forget the rest.
2. EAT BREAKFAST DAILY
You always want to start your day by fueling your mind and body to ensure you have the proper energy to help you kick start your day and have enough energy to get you through the day! It is recommended to eat breakfast and drink 1-2 cups of water within the first hour of waking.
3. EAT MORE FREQUENTLY
No hunger here! Eating small frequent meals per day helps to keep your metabolism working at maximum speed, keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day, increases fat burning and helps maintain your energy levels throughout the day! It is recommended to eat 4-6 meals per day.
As you begin focusing on your nutrition, eating better means drinking better too so avoid the empty calories in juice, soda, sport drinks, alcohol and drink more water. Water is vital to your clean eating journey! Drinking plenty of water can aid in weight loss, help flush out toxins from your body, deliver vital nutrients to your cells, prevent dehydration and it hydrates your skin leaving you with healthy, glowing, radiant skin! Water will also help keep you full so you can make better food choices throughout the day.
5. AVOID PACKAGED
One of the simplest ways to eat cleaner is to avoid packaged and processed food items such as bags of chips, crackers, cookies, cereals and candy. Packaged and processed foods do not offer you much if any nutritional value. There are plenty of healthy snack alternatives to help you get through the day! Focus on fresh, natural, real foods such as berries, apples, pears, bananas, raw nuts, seeds, veggies, dark chocolate, raw nut butters, healthy bars or shakes! The possibilities are endless!
6. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE “F” WORD!
FAT! Not all fats are created equal, don’t skip the healthy fats! While you want to avoid excessive amounts of trans fat found in processed foods that can contribute to chronic disease and weight gain, there are an abundance of healthy fats that are beneficial to your health! Healthy fats are an important part of clean eating, good fats are great for your skin, can help boost brain function, help decrease inflammation in the body, help balance hormone levels and help keep you feeling full and satisfied. Avocados, coconut oil, coconut butter, raw nut butters, ghee, eggs, extra virgin olive oil, omega 3 and 6 fish oils, wild salmon, raw nuts and seeds are all great healthy fat options.
7. TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME -
Clean eating is a lifestyle approach to eating healthier and being empowered with knowledge to continue making healthier food choices and creating healthier habits. It is a journey of exploration, identifying what works best for you! This doesn’t magically happen overnight. Take it one day at time, explore and have fun!
If you would like to dive deeper into clean eating, download your FREE Beginners Guide to Clean Eating E-Book!The e-book includes twenty one pages, a 7 day meal plan and grocery list!
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