What does clean eating even mean? Clean eating is a term used to describe eating as close to nature as possible. I like to think of it as eating wholefoods, foods that are wholesome and nourishing and full of all the goodies that nature intended us to eat for good health.
I love this quote by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver
“Real food doesn’t “have” ingredients. Real food IS ingredients” – Jamie Oliver
How true is that! I always think about that when I am doing my shopping and looking at the ingredients list, honestly if you cannot pronounce something why would you want to put it into your body?
Now, I have not always been so healthy with my choices when it comes to food and I share my toxic relationship with food in my book Feeding My Feelings; Diary of an Emotional Eater. Once I realised that I was putting poison into my body by the foods I was eating I took steps to change not only the way I ate but the way I looked at food.
When you eat nutritional food, you are allowing your body to absorb the energy that it needs to provide you with more stable energy and moods throughout the day.
Healthy Foods = Healthy Life
Eating clean doesn’t need to be boring, you can easily plan out a weekly meal plan that is not only healthy but tasty too. I love to jump on Pinterest to get inspiration when it comes to cooking for my family.
The goal of clean eating is for you to maintain a healthy diet that you can sustain for a lifetime. Therefore, it is important to know which foods are best for your health and making sure that you are eating the right amount to achieve a well-balanced and healthy body. Remember, the goal is long term and not just achieving your ideal weight.
When you are eating, it is helpful to practice mindful eating. What this means is that when you eat, take time to chew your food. It will not only let you savor your meal, it will also improve digestion. Also, when you think that you have already consumed enough, stop eating! Normally it takes a few moments for your stomach to get a signal from your brain that you are already full.
Eating a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in every meal will complete your healthy diet as they are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help you stay away from cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes. Whole grains are the best source of healthy carbs that can give you lasting energy for the entire day.
Healthy Foods = Healthy Weight
When it comes to weight loss eating healthy is the way to go. Our lives are run on convenience with drive thru coffees and meals, social media, phones always keeping us in the loop with the latest news, emails or celebrity gossip. With all this convenience at our fingertips it isn’t surprising that the big food companies have used this to their advantage by creating meals and snacks that are packaged as healthy options. These meals may look like a healthy alternative for those nights when you are too tired to cook but they often have a heap of hidden sugars and preservatives in them.
It is only recently that we have realised that low fat isn’t healthy. Low fat products are often packed with sugar to keep them tasty and to keep you coming back for more.
For me my weight loss started when I cut out the processed foods and started to make more meals from scratch and eat whole foods.
Take a moment to look at some of the foods in your pantry. When I was starting out I was shocked to discover all the hidden sugars in pasta sauces and so called healthy cereals. By eating fresh fruits, vegetables and limiting your intake of processed foods you will start to notice a difference in your weight.
I am here to tell you that you don’t need to starve yourself to create the body that you desire, you just need to eat right and exercise regularly to achieve a well-balanced healthy mind and body and chocolate doesn’t have to be off limits either, the key to everything in life is moderation.
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