The 5 Things to Remember When Eating Clean
- Focus on fueling your body. FOOD IS OUR MEDICINE. When eating clean you’re not on a diet – eliminating food items just to lose weight. Instead, you’re focusing on fueling your body – giving it the nutrients, minerals and vitamins it needs to perform optimally. The key here is to not think of clean eating as a diet, because it isn’t! Instead, this focus on healthy food is new lifestyle you’re choosing.
- Sugars are the enemy. You’d be surprised how many processed foods have unnecessary added sugars. They have tons of calories, they have no nutritional value and, worst of all, they make you even hungrier than before! So whenever possible, avoid processed food. Avoid sugars, and if you have to add sweetener, go for more natural sweeteners like organic agave nectar or pure maple syrup.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Water cleans out your body and rids it of harmful toxins and chemicals. It also helps your muscles and organs perform their best, and it increases your strength, speed and endurance. Best of all, it can even stave off hunger cravings! Learn more about the importance of hydration in yesterday’s blog. Many times people will interpret dehydration as hunger and will eat when it’s really water that the body needs. Next time you’re hungry, try this: drink a full 8 oz. glass of water. If you’re still hungry ten minutes later, eat, though you may find that you are no longer hungry. 🙂
- Avoid ingredients you don’t know. If you look at an ingredient label, and there are tons of long, complicated-looking words on it, then chances are the food is loaded with artificial sugars, preservatives and additives – all things that should be avoided when eating clean. Make it a point to only consume ingredients you know, recognize and understand. Stick with whole, real foods instead of canned, boxed, processed food.
- Find balance. Don’t just cut out carbs, fats and other items simply to reduce caloric intake. Instead, strike a balance in your diet, and focus on eating well-proportioned, moderate, healthy meals. This is the best way to stay on track with your new eating plan, and ensure you get the most benefit possible.
I hope these tips help you stay strong on your journey to a healthier you. Be sure to come back next week for more guidance and tips on getting strong, healthy and fit.
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