Monday, 14 April 2014

Eating Clean?

Eating clean is not a short-term process or goal. If you are really wanting to adjust your eating habits then clean eating is the way to go, but you have to be prepared to adjust your lifestyle and think long term...eating clean is not dieting or deprivation by any means!

It's important to take it slow and to improve your eating habits over time. If you completely change your diet in one day you'll leave your body confused, and before no time the intense cravings will set in. However, eating clean does not mean having to sacrifice your old habits completely, it just means finding a healthier alternative!

Eating clean simply means eating the healthiest options of each food group, and reducing your intake of the unhealthy options! It's about embracing vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins, and reducing refined grains, added sugars/salt, and unhealthy fats.

Here are some simple steps to begin your eating clean journey!

Reduce Processed Foods:
- often full of added sodium, sugar, and fat
- look at the ingredients on pre-packaged products, and if you can't pronounce any then stay away!

Increase Vegetables:
- full of Vitamin A (vision, immune system function), and Vitamin K (bone health)
- low in calories but high in fibre (to keep you feeling full)

Reduce Alcohol Consumption:
- recommended limit is 1 drink/day for women, and 2 drinks/day for men
- moderate consumption has been said to be good for the heart, but too much alcohol is dehydrating and adds unnecessary calories
- also be aware of the drinks that have added sugar

Eat Healthy Fats:
- it's important to not stay away from fats because healthy fats are an important part of a well balanced diet
- healthy fats are prevalent in fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, dairy products, and olive/coconut oil

Consume Protein w. Every Meal:
- the size of your palm is an important indicator of the amount of protein consumption recommended for each meal of the day

Drink Water:
- the suggested amount is eight 8-ounce glasses a day, however thirteen 8-ounce glasses is highly recommended