Top 10 Tips to Clean Eating SuccessI've been doing clean eating for a couple months now and am down nearly 10 pounds and noticing even bigger changes in how my body looks, how my clothes fit and my energy levels. This week I'm going to give you some of my best tips for staying on track and how to get back on track after a slip!
Clean Eating Basics:
- No white sugar or white flour, limited sodium especially no table salt
- No preservatives
- Minimally processed food, as close to the "source" as possible
- Limit dairy to organic from grass fed cows, lots of raw nuts, fruits and veggies
- Healthy oils and fats like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocados
- No GMOs (Genetically Modified), Limited Gluten, Limited/no MSG, Limited/no "natural flavors" which are really chemically created in a lab
- Purchase foods with the least amount of ingredients and ingredients that you can pronounce and recognize.
Butterfly pork chop, asparagus with local sheep's cheese, quinoa with caramelized onions.
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Yummy turkey sandwich (turkey from my local meat locker), organic fried egg, spinach and tomatoes.
Lemon pork tacos over ezekiel brand tortilla
Plan for healthy snacks like this almond butter over Ezekiel brand bread
My local farmer's market and only 1 block from me!
I've also signed up for a Farmers Market Challenge with my county where I get credit for going to a farmer's market 3 out of 4 weeks and I could win prizes. My county often has challenges you can enter in for free and possibly win prizes. Your county's website may have information on it about where and when farmer's markets are. A lot of farmer's markets will accept food assistance as well (Wisconsin WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). My city also has some local gardens where you can receive fresh produce if you volunteer your time or if you are in need. Use the free information you have access to!
9. Don't go too hard too fast
Don't try to go 100% gung ho with food or exercise. Once when I was super motivated to get in shape I did a hard core workout and was recovering for the next few weeks. It was brutal. With food, I'm taking my time and giving my body time to adjust. For example, I consider coffee to be "clean" and the caffeine from coffee to be a good thing when dieting. The discussion can go back and forth on this topic, but that's where I stand. Anyways, I started out limiting myself to 1 tsp of real sugar per cup of coffee with milk. I then went to 1 tsp of sugar with almond milk, then just almond milk and now I'm able to drink just plan black coffee. You will be amazed at how your tastes change and how easy and common sense clean eating will become.
Lemon chicken with asparagus, tomatoes, onions and bulgur wheat.
Tea with mint leaves from the farmers market and lemon slices with a tsp of local raw honey