What is clean eating?
First of all, clean eating is NOT… I repeat.. NOT a diet……-it’s a lifestyle. You are either in it to change your ways or you shouldn’t do it at all. I believe everyone has their own personal idea of what’s considered “clean eating,” but the general definition would be: the elimination of processed, extra additives, chemicals, and refined foods in one’s daily diet. Basically things that you get from the aisles of grocery stores, or anything that comes in a can or a box!!!! Instead, you are choosing to eat foods in their simplest or “whole” state.
Some benefits to eating a clean diet are:
- Fat loss/Weight Loss
- Increased energy and stamina
- Decreased health problems
- Better sleep
- Improved mental well-being
- Improved skin
- The list goes on!
The easiest way to start eating clean is to prepare your own meals at home. This way, you know exactly what ingredients you are eating and the amount of calories you are consuming.
Here is a list of appropriate food that I use:
Veggies: Cucumbers, Squash, Carrots, Garlic, Zucchini, Okra, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Radishes, Turnips, Rutabagas, Onions, Sweet potato, Pumpkin, Avocado, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Artichoke, Kale, Collard Greens, Spinach, Arugula, Turnip Greens, Lettuce, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Celery
Fruits: Apple, Banana, Orange, Strawberry, Blueberry, Grapefruit, Dates, Figs, Blackberry, Raspberry, Tangerine, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Papaya, Pear, Cherry, Mango, Guava, Tomato
Protein: Turkey or Pork tenderloin, Salmon, Cod, Tilapia, Tuna, Lean Steak, Skinless Chicken breasts, Turkey bacon, Extra Lean Ground turkey, Tofu, Hummus, Grouper, Egg whites, Turkey, Pork Chops, Scallops, Shellfish
Nuts/Seeds: Walnuts, Cashews, Almonds, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Peanut Butter (Natural), Almond Butter (Natural), Flax seed, Macadamian Nut, Hemp seeds, Peanuts, Pecans, Sesame Seeds, Pistachios, Pine Nuts Grains/legumes: Brown rice, Oats, Quinoa, Lentils, Whole wheat bread (love Ezekiel bread), Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, green peas, pinto beans, mung beans, Whole wheat tortillas, Whole Wheat English muffins
Dairy: Unsweetened Almond milk, Unsweetened Rice Milk, Unsweetened Coconut Milk, Greek yogurt, Cottage cheese, String Cheese, Goat Cheese, Lowfat cheddar cheese
Condiments/Oils/Dressings/Extras: Raw maple syrup, Raw Honey, Stevia, Olive oil, Balsamic Vinaigrette (any vinaigrette really), Sunflower oil, Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil
Drinks: NO JUICE – unless freshly squeezed or juiced – NO SODA!! Water, Coffee (black), tea
Protein shake: SHAKEOLOGY OF COURSE!!!