We will look to consume food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet, but yet a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life.
Eat five small meals/snacks a day. Eating consistently in this fashion keeps your metabolism going throughout the day, keeps your blood sugars in a steady state, and keeps you from getting to that point where you are FAMISHED and will reach for just about anything you can find in the cupboard to curb your appetite. You will want to include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.
Drink at least two liters of water a dayA good rule of thumb to go by is half of your body weight in ounces, and even then I add some.
Get label savvy. Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients.
Avoid processed and refined foods. This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead. Green veggies, such as green beans, broccoli and spinach contain less starch and more fiber, making them a great choice to fulfill your complex carb needs.
Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.
Shop with a conscience. Consume humanely raised and local meats and eat produce that is seasonal and local.
Choose organic whenever possible.If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities. The Dirty Dozen includes the following: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, cucumbers (add on green beans and kale/collard greens). The “Clean 15” include the following: onions, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, domestic cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, mushrooms, sweet corn (keep in mind that 85% of the corn manufactured in the
is genetically modified, so in my opinion, I do not necessarily agree that corn
should be included in the “Clean 15” list). U.S.
Consume healthy fats. Try to have essential fatty acids every day. This includes nuts, seeds, avocados, extra virgin olive oil and organic coconut oil for example.
Pack a cooler for work or when you know you will be out and about for awhile so you always have clean eats on the go. There is nothing worse than being stuck somewhere for hours on end with no healthy snacks to choose from.
Every day through the month of June, I will write a blog post which will include a clean eating recipe for you to try. This will either be one of my own recipes, or one of my favorite recipes from another clean eating site. I will give you ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. But you need to tune into my blog everyday to see what is in store. Pin your favorites to Pinterest to save them for later as well.
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Best of luck in the challenge and here is a great way to kick off the challenge tomorrow morning by trying one of my favorite ways to eat oatmeal.
I cook my Steel cut oats in water. When finished I like to pour in a little bit of almond milk, a drizzle of raw, local honey, some cinnamon, chia seeds, and all natural peanut butter (I like the Krema brand) and 1/2 banana. Sometimes I even add in a little bit of chopped walnuts. This is a great way to start your day and FANTASTIC pre-workout!!
Click here to read about some of the benefits of chia seeds.
I hope you enjoy this month's challenge and it can help you with your clean eating goals!!
In Good Health,