Why Eat Clean?
- Feel GOOD about yourself
- Reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as MANY other diseases
- Have more energy
- Live a longer life for your family, your children, your spouse, for YOU
- Save money on fad diets that do not keep the weight off
How to Eat Clean
- Drink at least two liters of water every day (8 cups) - If this is hard, try to get at least half of your body weight in ounces per day. Water is VITAL!
- Limit your alcohol consumption to one glass of red wine
- Eat every 2-3 hours, so about 5-6 small meals per day (3 meals and 2-3 small snacks)
- Include a lean protein, lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal -- this keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently, all day long!
- NEVER miss a meal...especially breakfast!
- Carry a cooler with clean-eating foods to get you through the day. (you're less likely to stop at that drive through if you have food handy!)
- Get label savvy - clean foods contain 1-2 ingredients. Any products with labels of ingredients you can't pronounce are a no no!
- Avoid processed and refined foods (white flour, sugar, bread, pasta) Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.
- Know the enemies - steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried, and anything high in sugar.
- Avoid calorie dense food that has no nutritional value
- Depend on fresh veggies and fruit for fiber, vitamins, and enzymes.
- Consume healthy fats, try to have one per day.
- Learn about portion size, and stick to it!
- Shop on the perimeter of the grocery store, that's where the cleanest foods usually are!
- Slow down. Enjoy your meal. No one will take it from you!
- Make it a family affair -- get your kids/spouse involved!
Portion control (and sticking to it) will be the thing that sets yourself up for success.
- Proteins: Always have a protein with each meal. Serving size is about the size of the palm of your hand.
- Carbohydrates: Have between 2-4 servings of complex carbohydrates from grains, bread, and starches per day. Serving size is about the size of 1 cupped hand.
- Fruits/Vegetables: One serving with each meal, so about 6 servings per day. Serving size is about the size of 2 cupped hands.
- Fats: Your diet should be about 20-30% of fats from your daily intake. Serving size is about the size of a golf ball.
Your water consumption will contribute immensely to your weight loss. It will help to suppress your appetite, help your digestion, relieve the "bloating" feeling, flush toxins from your body, and will help with cravings.
If you take your weight and divide it by two, that is the number of ounces you should be drinking! Coffee and pop do NOT count in that water intake, and these should be kept to a minimum. Caffeine and artificial sweeteners are toxins and do not do ANYTHING for your body. Intaking artificial sweeteners only makes you crave it more, so kick the habit and get rid of it altogether!