Change Your Life With Food: What Clean Eating is And How to Do It

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You read that title correctly: change your life with food. The only thing is, I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that you can still stuff your face with Mcdonalds and pizza, like a lot of ‘diets’ do these days. You need to start eating clean foods. Modern society mostly doesn’t have the first clue about clean eating. We live in a world where Diet Coke and energy drinks are considered ‘healthy’. Read on to learn everything you’ll ever need to know about food, and change the way you look and feel in the process:

 

What Is Clean Eating?

 

Clean eating is the process of eating the food that our body craves. Our body does not crave bread, crisps, or chocolate – our minds do. Our bodies need lean meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruit, and basically all of the produce that once grew/walked on the land, or swam in the sea. These foods are the most healthy, natural foods out there, and will work in harmony with any exercise regime. In fact, you’ll notice a huge change in your body after just a couple of weeks of eating this way. You should experience less bloating and fatigue, while looking slimmer and more alive.

 

Why Can’t I Just Count Calories?

 

Counting calories is totally redundant, because it’s a one dimensional way of doing things. Eating 300 calories of vegetables, is going to do totally different things to your body than eating 300 calories of sweets. 2 people could eat exactly the same amount of calories per day, but could look completely different if one simply ate what they liked and counted calories, while the other ate as much clean produce as they liked. To put it simply: calories aren’t that important. The carbohydrate, protein, and good fat in your food is important. These are called macronutrients, and I suggest you count these instead.

 

What Should I Be Eating and Drinking?

 

As mentioned before, you should be eating as much healthy, natural, wholesome food as possible. This includes:

 

  • Lean meat and fish.

  • Lots of veg.

  • Fruit in moderation.

  • Sweet potato, whole grain pasta/rice, and gluten free bread (preferably only after a workout).

  • Eggs.

  • Nuts.

  • Coconut/almond milk.

  • Coconut oil.

  • Greek/feta cheese in moderation.

  • Greek yoghurt.

  • Honey.

  • Green tea.

  • Black tea (no milk or sugar).

  • Coffee (no milk or sugar).

  • Food that includes Kanegrade natural flavours.

 

Water should be your drink of choice, drinking 2-3 litres per day. You should also fill up on as much veg as possible.

 

What Should I Avoid?

 

The foods you should avoid are all processed, man made, sugary, and salty. If a food has lots of weird sounding, hard to pronounce ingredients on the back of the packet, you should definitely avoid. People assume that Weight Watchers is healthy, when in fact the meals have awful ingredients and don’t nourish  your body. People think slimming world is healthy, but it promotes the use of ‘diet’ drinks and foods like Diet Coke (very bad for us due to a chemical called aspartame). The foods you should avoid include:

 

  • Sweets.

  • Chocolate.

  • White refined carbs.

  • Fried food.

  • Chips.

  • Crisps.

  • Anything with too many complex sounding ingredients!

 

What is the 80/20 Rule?

 

The good news is that you don’t have to  stick to this plan religiously. The 80/20 rule suggests that you eat as clean as possible 80% of the time, while allowing a few treats around 20% of the time. We suggest you do this one day on the weekend, to celebrate your hard work.

 

Clean eating can seriously change your life and body – give your body what it really craves and you’ll see what I mean!

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Sarah Pinkerton

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