Clean Eating: No more diets! Hurray!

Ok.  How many diets have you tried and gave up on?  Executed with enthusiasm and as soon as it was over, went back to your old self?  How many food groups have you given up for a few months and then binged because you missed them so much!!

And does this look like a diet to you?

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I know I’m not the greatest photographer, but hey all the food is in the picture.  And most of the plate.  🙂

I, too, have given up food groups, gone with fads, etc.  I’ve paid $150 a month for a trainer and nutrition plan that was tasteless.  Did all these different programs work?  YES! Did I get amazing results? ABSOLUTELY! But as soon as I went back to real life, I didn’t feel good again.  So what is the key then?  In my opinion it is clean eating.  Well here is what that means:

Cut out all the crap: preservatives, chemicals, dyes, artificial flavors, etc. Make things from scratch, buy fresh local.  It does take a little more time to make your marinades and sauces from scratch.  But trust me!  If you eat clean for 1 week and don’t feel better, then let me know!  Maybe there are some sneaky chemicals in your food and I’ll try to help you figure it out.

 

That beautiful meal pictured above was made completely from scratch.  I made the pork in the crockpot, the rest took about 30 minutes.

Some of my favorite clean eating resources are:

www.paleomg.com (that pork came from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook!)

www.thegraciouspantry.com

My Eating Well Magazine

And there are tons of recipes on Pinterest!

The most important thing is get your diet cleaned up.  If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, throw it out.  If it has a bunch of added sugar (of any kind!), added salt, added preservatives, throw it out!  But you don’t have to give up any food groups!  Of course, moderation is still required to maintain a healthy weight (i.e. This does not mean you can eat a whole loaf of bread at every meal and lose weight just because you baked it fresh, duh!)

The hardest part about making the transition to clean eating is the planning.  When buying food without preservatives it goes bad quicker.  Try weekly planning.  Or half-weekly planning.  You will find that an extra trip to the store every week may be worth how much better you feel.

Now, of course, If you want to lose weight you have to track your portions, fats, and exercise too, right?  Yes you do!  What is the best way to do that?  Well, That depends on your current weight, if you are a guy or gal, and your activity level.  I started my post-baby weight loss journey with several failures.  Then started the 21 Day Fix Program, by Beachbody.  (You can also just get the 21 Day Fix containers).  There’s no weighing.  I can use the containers to measure out my portions, and just throw them in my lunch at work.  The 21 Day Fix app for your phone is completely free, and allows you to determine how much you should eat to lose weight, provides clean food suggestions and container tracking.  Easy. Peasy!

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