What is Clean Eating?
Are you unsure of what the whole "clean eating"
concept is? No friends....clean eating does not mean you eat cupcakes while cleaning your house, or washing your food really good before eating it although those are both pretty funny. I tried to search a text book definition for you all, but decided I would give you my own definition instead. Basically, clean eating is eating things that have nutritional value. You know what they are and where they came from and your ancestors way back in the day probably could of ate the same thing. For example, when you look at the ingredients list on a package, you should be able to read the ingredients and there should be a limited number of them. If something called XXXred5instalollyponixheartattackian is on the ingredients, then you shouldn't be eating it. Also, High fructose corn syrup or even sugar in general shouldn't be the first ingredient!
I like to think of the food I eat as "fuel for my body", and I think of my body as a car....the type of car if money was not a factor I would buy....like a nice new shiny Cadillac! To fuel your dream car would you use left over fuel drained from cars in the junkyard? I know I wouldn't! I would find the best gas possible for it, to keep it running good! It's the same for your body! You put the best fuel possible in your body to get the best results and performance.
There are a set of principles to follow when you are clean eating. It took me about two weeks to get use to these principles, but now its part of my routine and has become habit!
CLEAN EATING PRINCIPLES
1. Eat more- eat 5-6 small meals each day.
2. Eat breakfast every day, within an hour of rising. For me this is shakeology most mornings!
3. Eat a combination of lean protein & complex carbs at each meal.
4. Eat sufficient (2-3) servings of healthy fats every day.
5. Drink 2 to 3 liters of water each day.
6. Carry a cooler packed with clean foods each day.
7. Depend on fresh fruits & veggies for fiber, vitamins, nutrients enzymes.
8. Adhere to proper portion sizes.
WHAT TO AVOID
-Processed foods, particularly white flour, and sugar
-Chemically charged foods.
-Foods containing preservatives
-Artificial foods such as processed cheese slices
-Saturated and trans fats.
-Sugar loaded beverages like soda and juice
-Limit alcohol intake
-all calorie-dense foods containing little or no nutritional value.
-super sizing meals.
One of my favorite things to do is to take foods that are not so clean such as pizza and wings, and to turn them into clean foods just by tweaking the ingredients! If you are interested in learning more about clean eating or would like help with a meal plan please feel free to email me at Messina1892@gmail.com !
Want to see an example day of meals for me? Click Here