” We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.”
The ultimate goal in life is to find happiness in what you do. Part of having a happy life is having a happy body. There are so many reasons why American’s have the highest obesity rate and this is quite obvious. We spend so much time figuring out what “pill” will make us our goal weight. We buy products that say “Diet”, “Non-Fat”, “Low-Fat”, “100-Calorie Snacks”, “Sugar-Free” and I can think of so many others. These products will keep you fat forever. This means MORE chemicals in your body. You will constantly be craving food because you are replacing your needs with fake sugar and fake everything. The body CRAVES nutrients. If you are craving candy and chocolate, maybe eat fruit to see if the craving goes away. I found this great chart that helps with understanding your cravings and the possible ways to control your hunger before resorting to easy-access-junk food.
So what exactly is “Eating Clean”?
Well there is no direct definition for it and it is not a diet. Eating clean is a lifestyle choice that means eliminating all processed foods and extra additives to your diet and eating whole, unrefined foods. It’s about being simple and staying away from things that have been altered.
Some Tips for Eating Clean:
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables (things from nature)
- · Include “whole” Meats-meaning your meat should come from the butcher to be prepared on your own. That is the best bet for having the healthiest of meats since they are not processed from the butcher. (This one may be difficult for a lot of people including myself. At first just make small changes. You don’t need to be perfect but just that small change in buying organic grass-fed meat will do…I adore Trader Joes for most my groceries) Small change is still a change. My parents get ALL their meat from the butcher and couldn’t be happier.
- · If your time is limited during the week to prepare meat, choose one or two days to cook a lot of meat at the same time and save it in the fridge to make it easy to get to during the week.
- · Eat whole grains that haven’t been broken down. Stick to brown rice, whole wheat and other whole grain carbs. Learn to read food labels. Stick with the fewest ingredients.
- · Remember that this is about being simple. Don’t think too hard about it. You are allowed to use all the natural spices that you want like garlic powder, cinnamon, paprika, pepper, red crushed pepper, cayenne pepper, just stay away from pre-fixed sauces. Embrace Extra-virgin olive oil and absolutely stay away from anything with corn syrup in it.
- · When it comes to dairy, try to buy things like unsweetened almond, rice, coconut, hazelnut, hemp or soymilk. Stay away from cheese as much as possible. If you must, get something low fat and stay away from pre-grated cheese. The only cheese I am eating these days is goat cheese (if I must).
- · Avoid sodas and even juice if you can. Juice is a “process” unless you blend it yourself. Did you know than an apple has 4grams of dietary fiber but a cup of apple juice from the store has none? Remember that when you eat things completely whole, you are bound to get the most nutrients.
Remember that this is not a diet, but it takes getting used to. We are faced with so many challenges because food is everywhere and we have the ability to curb any craving with a swipe of our debit cards. Write down a grocery list before you go to the store. Make sure you plan your meals and try to stick to 5-6 meals a day. I have a hard time with this because I can’t control my portions. I’ve been trying hard all week to get better at this but I still have a hard time. I was just on vacation last week and kind of “let-go” and I’m paying for it now. Eating clean will improve your health in so many ways. Good luck everyone and remember to just keep it simple!