What is Clean Eating?

What does ‘processed’ mean?  The definition varies slightly, but it’s generally any food that has artificial ingredients and generally comes in a package, box or bag.  The most obvious examples are frozen ‘tv’ dinners, deli ‘meats’, Velveeta ‘cheese product’ and sodas.  The most obvious exceptions are things like plain, uncooked dried beans, or a ‘package’ of fresh lettuce.  There are many more, but hopefully you get the idea.

Examples of Processed Foods can be seen to the right

I think most people would agree that Clean Eating sounds like a healthier way to live than consuming chemically engineered, highly processed, artificial foods.  So why doesn’t everyone do it?  Simple.  Because they think that Clean Eating isn’t simple and grabbing quick convenience foods is, well, convenient!   So is learning about Clean Eating really worth it?  Will it really make that much of a difference to your inner health and outer body weight?  YES!  FOR SURE!  DEFINITELY!   Here’s what Clean Eating expert Tosca Reno has to say on the subject…

Tosca Reno, author of The Eat Clean Diet says…

“Eighty percent of the answer to achieving a more beautiful physique lies on your plate. Everything you put in your mouth shapes what you look like. If you eat loads of sugary doughnuts and greasy friend foods, you will probably look a lot like that – doughy and heavy. If you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other wholesome foods you will look healthy, fresh and vibrant. The choice is yours, but who doesn’t want to look and feel their best?! It’s possible that you are among the many who believe that if you are exercising regularly, you can eat whatever you want and still be fit and healthy. Not true! I know a man who trains hard every day-running, lifting weights, hockey-but because of his bad food habit is still 25 pounds overweight and has a flabby belly to prove it. Don’t be misled by the notion that woring out offsets the need to eat properly. It definitely does not. The only way to accomplish the physique of your dreams along with excellent health is to put nutritious clean foods on your plate, eat them regularly and follow the Clean Eating principles. That’s how it’s done.”

COMMANDMENTS

The Eat-Clean Diet

  1. Eat more! Eat 6 small meals each day, spaced at 2 1/2 to 3-hour intervals.
  2. AVOID WHITE SUGAR, ALCOHOL & ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.
  3. Eat a combination of lean protein & complex carbohydrates at each meal.
  4. Eat sufficient healthy fats every day.
  5. 2 to 3 liters of water each day.
  6. CARRY A COOLER PACKED WITH CLEAN FOODS EACH DAY.
  7. Depend on fresh fruits & vegetables for fiber, vitamins, nutrients & enzymes.
  8. Eat only foods that have not been overly processed or doused in chemicals, trans fats and/or toxins.
  9. EAT BREAKFAST EVERY DAY, WITHIN AN HOUR OF RISING.
  10. Adhere to proper portion sizes. Don’t super-size your meals!

(eatcleandiet.com)

Remember, it takes 80% Clean Eating nutrition to build your ideal physique.   10% is dependent on your cardio and weight training regimin and the final 10% is genetics-thanks mom and dad!!  While it’s true that clean eating takes a little more time to plan and prep, it, like anything else, is easy…when you know how!

If you aren’t currently engaged in one of my fitness or Clean Eating Challenge Groups, you can learn more about how to make Clean Eating EASY to incorporate into your daily life by joining one of my next groups!  You are welcome to contact me with questions or for more information-always happy to help!