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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Clean Eating Made Easy

So, I've been on this kick lately about goal setting and working out, contemplating joining a gym.  I've always been really concientous of what I eat and what I put in my body, but it hit me last night;
I feel like crap because I've been putting crap in my body.
Duh.

So in an effort to kick start my healthy eating habits back into orbit, I'm going to share some easy, clean eating habits with all of you.  I try to eat clean as much as possible. It is amazing how much better you feel when you are eating things that are good for your body.  Seriously, try it.  Dare you.

Some tips for eating "clean" and keeping your body healthy:

1. Eat whole foods.  I go by the motto: If God made it, eat it.  If He didn't make it, eat it in moderation.
I don't deny myself anything because I have found in the past that if I am limiting my intake of something, it makes me crave it more and then I over-indulge.  Whole foods simply mean you should be able to pronounce and define the ingredients on the package (if you are eating packaged foods).  It is best not to eat packaged foods and go for the perimeter of the grocery store.  However, if we're being honest, it's not always "do-able" to avoid packaged foods.
My typical shopping cart.
2.  People always say to me that they can't afford "real" food or that they don't have time to make things that aren't packaged/processed.  I'm sorry, guys, I have to call the bullpoopoo card on that one.  I am a VERY busy person.  No, I don't have children yet, but I do have a ton of stuff going on in my life that keeps me busy almost every night of the week.  And, if we're just having real talk right now, grilling a piece of chicken takes less than 10 minutes.  Making a frozen pizza takes 17-21.  Ouch.  Another thing, I've told you before that I coupon.  A lot of time I find coupons for meat including bacon, ham, pork roasts, and even chicken breast.  Watch the sales.  I know that a frozen pizza costs anywhere from $4-$7 and a pound of chicken typically sells for $2.99.  I just have a hard time listening to that excuse.  Sorry if I'm offending anyone, but I dare you to try it for a week - you will be surprised.

3.  Be conscientious of your cravings and what you eat to suppress them.  I crave chocolate and sugar and things like that, but I've noticed that if I just chow down on some random piece of candy it doesn't satisfy that craving so I end up eating a ton.  Instead, get dark chocolate or an apple.  Typically, those will satisfy me.

4.  Whole grains and fiber make all the difference in a diet.  Most of us do not have time to make our own bread.  So, when buying bread be sure to purchase whole grains and if possible, get something with added fiber.

5.  Drink lots of water.  Half the time we aren't even hungry.  We are thirsty.  And instead of drinking water, we drink soft drinks that leave us thirsting more.

I'm going to be honest and say that I fail at this regularly.  But if I'm being real, I really do feel better when this is my main diet.  Life has been crazy for me the month of October and that has led me to eat more packaged, frozen, processed foods and I'm suffering for it.  I'm lathargic, lazy, and just overall: feeling like poo.

3 comments:

  1. i'm going to hone in on the "moderation" tip. sooo important! i found that if i can get my quantity control down, i start dropping pounds and feeling healthier a lot faster! i'm not saying it's an overnight process, but it really is very rewarding!

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  2. Great tips Lins! You're so right about grilling chicken vs a pizza! Sometimes the "convenience" foods are not really convenient for you. LOVE all the fruits and veggies in your cart!

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