Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How and Why to Eat Clean

I am sure that every excuse in the book has been written as to "why" you or someone you know can't eat clean. "It's too expensive", "It takes too much time", "I don't like fruits and vegetables". All of that is GARBAGE! Speaking from someone who it not a huge fruit eater (I only like apples, oranges and bananas), let me tell you how easy it is to eat clean. It's simple and it does not burn the hole in your wallet that most people think it does. And as a friendly reminder, you are what you eat..literally.

What is clean eating?
Clean eating is eating natural foods in the purest form possible. We all know that this isn't always entirely possible so trying to eat them as close to their natural state is just as good. Clean eating is not a diet or a fad; it's a lifestyle and it takes time to adopt that lifestyle, you won't change over night and no one expects you to do that. If you want to see weight loss results, the best solution is to clean up your eating habits and to do it slowly so that you can ease yourself into this new habit, sometimes an overload of something can cause us to go all in at first and then stop due to loss of momentum.

Why you should eat clean?

  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Feel better inside and outside
  • Lose weight and inches
  • Have more energy
  • Save money
  • Live a longer life that you can enjoy

How to eat clean?
  • Drink half of your weight in ounces of water (ex. if you weight 130 lbs, try to drink 65 oz of water everyday), I try to drink about a gallon.
  • Eat 5-6 CLEAN meals a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner,  **optional snack**)
  • Eat FRESH fruits and vegetables, organic if possible as they are so pure
  • Read your labels! If you can't pronounce something on the label OR there's more than a few ingredients, it's not for you!
  • Avoid processed and refined foods
  • Consume HEALTHY fats at least once a day
  • Try to shop local
  • Eat LEAN meats, preferably vegetarian fed
And remember, PORTION sizes!!

Email me, tabearden@gmail.com on more information on clean eating and let one of my many clean eating groups help lead you to success!

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