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Clean Eating Tips

clean eating tipsWhat is Clean Eating?

There’s always a lot of buzz going around about eating clean.  But what exactly does that mean?   Eat organic? Low carbs?  Low Fat?  Eggs or no eggs?

“If it didn’t come from the Earth or have a mother, don’t eat it.” ~Jillian Michaels

Clean eating is choosing to eat whole, unprocessed, unmodified and unrefined foods.  Sources of these foods include lean meats, eggs, fruits, vegetables, coconut, avocado, olives and pressed oils.

Here are a few tips to help make it easier:

*Organic- Of course foods that aren’t sprayed with chemicals and pesticides are always going to better for you to consume.  But if organic isn’t available or affordable, I’d rather you eat conventionally grown foods that are healthy for you instead of not eating them.  For example, conventionally grown broccoli is still better for you than eating a large French fry.

*Lifestyle: Part 1- Eating clean is a lifestyle not a diet.  Clean eating is a great way to ditch the dieting world forever.  The difference between a diet and clean eating is that normal diets have an end date.  Have you ever said, “No thanks, I’m dieting.”  Eventually you’ll stop dieting and worst of all slip back into your old eating habits.  With clean eating there is no expiration date…it’s a continuous journey.

*Lifestyle: Part 2- Yes, the lifestyle part is important enough to have a part 2!  Since eating clean is a lifestyle, you will soon come to a mindset that there is no starting over on Monday.  As Jill Coleman with JillFit Physiques says, “You’re always one meal away from burning fat.”  Basically, if you mess up at breakfast you can start over right then and there.

*Plan Out the Week BUT- I suggest trying to plan out your meals and training for the week.  It sets you up for success.  BUT, you must be flexible.  Things pop up unexpectedly and if you’re in the “ALL or NOTHING” mindset, you could be setting yourself up for failure and worse a major setback.

Eating clean can be a challenge. I am trying my best to eat as clean as possible. Writing tips helps me remember like a note on my fridge. Have other clean eating tips? Share in a comments.

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Paula Robinson

Sunday 17th of August 2014

Planning is a great way to try to keep on track. The gym that my husband owns gives all of their members a "Grub Guide" which basically lays out an eating plan that they can follow to help them eat better and cleaner. Every tip helps!!

good luck on your journey!

Brianne

Sunday 17th of August 2014

I love your great quote from Jillian Michaels --- “If it didn’t come from the Earth or have a mother, don’t eat it.” YES! I recently wrote an article about clean eating as well. If you don't mind me sharing the link, it's: http://femfusionfitness.com/what-is-clean-eating/

Patty

Saturday 16th of August 2014

We grow most of our food - vegetables and meat but I will admit to a very bad sweet tooth. I sincerely doubt the bottle tops I ate today had a mother.... But given that the bulk of my diet is very healthy I figure I can be bad once in a while

katherine

Saturday 16th of August 2014

I'll have to keep these in mind!

Jenna Wood

Saturday 16th of August 2014

I like the mentality that you can always start fresh with your meal plan. These are some great tips to get started or back on track with clean eating.

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