Five Tips on how to Eat Clean to Get Lean in 2013!
5. Understand why it’s important to eat healthy.
*You are what you eat. Studies show that people who eat a diet balanced with lean proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains lessen their risk for disease, cancer and obesity.
* Fueling your body with healthy foods will give you more energy throughout the day.
4. Choose healthy foods for optimal health
* Here’s a tip: If you shop along the perimeter of the grocery store, you’re going to find the healthiest foods.
* Before you pick up an item look at the packaging: Less packaging usually means more nutrition. If you don’t know how to pronounce what’s in your food, you probably don’t want to eat it.
3. Add fruits and veggies whenever you can
* I can’t stress this enough. The USDA recommends getting 5-9 fruits and veggies in a day. Visualize your plate. You want half of your plate to be fruits and veggies, quarter lean meat and a serving of whole grains and for bone health, don’t forger your dairy serving.
2. Make your own meals when you can
* You are in control when you make your own meals.
* This is where I struggle, I’m busy, but who isn’t? But I’ll tell you what, when I do take the time to pack healthy foods to take to the gym I feel ten times better then when I eat a packaged granola bar. So for example: Instead of buying a processed granola bar with extra sodium and sugar, take time to combine whole ingredients to make your own tasty power bars.
1. Preparation leads to success.
* Having a plan (and following it) is the number one ingredient for healthy eating. It takes a little extra effort to be prepared with healthy and nutritious foods, but its well worth the effort. Have you had a past experience of eating clean? What did you notice?
Benefits of Clean/Healthy Eating:
* More energy
* Increases focus, less brain fog
* Sleep Better
* Better digestive health
* Good for complexion and skin
* Less irritable
How do I start?
* Eat within half hour of waking to jumpstart metabolism
* Drink plenty of water ( 7-8 glasses of water)
* Eat frequently to keep metabolism revved up to avoid being ravenous
* 80% of managing weight involves nutrition
* Don`t forget to exercise! If there was one prescription that Doctors could write to help with disease it would be a prescription to exercise.
* Just as you put healthy food into your body, recognize the importance of fueling your mind and spirit with positive and affirming self-talk