Don’t tell my mom, but she is inspiring me to start changing what I eat.
When I was on Weight Watchers, I had great results. I lost almost 20lbs. It was fabulous. But, I was eat so much processed food because it was already pointed out. They made it easy that way. I was also snacking on light yogurt and string cheese. I loved that I was losing weight but I knew that it wasn’t the best way for me.
So, that got me thinking. I want to change my lifestyle and what I am putting in my body. Whole foods and nothing processed is a huge part of that to make you feel better. I think I will be switching my our lifestyle to Clean Eating.
What is Clean Eating?
The below list is from The Gracious Pantry. This site is great. It gives amazing tips and recipes that I am very excited to try these.
Eat Lots Of Plants
Eat food that is straight from nature. (Some people say “as close to the way nature made it as possible”. But I think that leaves too much wiggle room – in my humble opinion) Eat mostly foods that are off a tree, bush, plant or vine, and you’ve pretty much got it covered. The idea is to stay away from anything that humans (food corporations) have altered in any way.
Eat meats that are whole and straight from the butcher. Don’t buy pre-packaged meat products because you never know what’s in them. When possible, buy whole meats and grind them yourself. You’d be surprised what’s in ground turkey meat! You can also select a few turkey breasts and ask that the butcher grind them for you. Many butchers are more than willing to accommodate.
Eat grains that are still complete and haven’t been broken down into “glue”. Stick to brown rice, whole wheat and other whole grains.(For a list of foods to stock your pantry with, check out this list.)
I don’t know how many breads I’ve picked up at the store that say they are whole grain. But when I take a look at the ingredient list, white flour is the second ingredient after whole wheat flour!
Eat Fewer Ingredients.
Try not to purchase foods that have more than 3-6 ingredients in the ingredient list. And be sure you recognize each and every ingredient. If you find a “mystery ingredient” such as “spices”, contact the company! Ask them what they consider to be spices. If it’s anything other than honest-to-goodness herbs and spices, avoid it! And remember, if you can’t pronounce it, it probably shouldn’t go into your body.
Eat 5-6 small meals per day.
This may seem like a lot at first. But remember, you are eating smaller portions. If you really have a hard time with this, prepare your regular three meals and a snack for the day, and divide lunch and dinner in half. You’ve instantly got 6 small meals!
How do you incorporate it into your life?
- Start reading the nutritional labels. If you can’t pronounce it, it probably shouldn’t be a part of your diet.
- Stay away from the interior of your grocery store. This is a trap for any processed food to be lurking. Obviously you can buy your toiletries (they are in the middle at my grocery store) and cat food/litter, but don’t go up and down the aisles unless you have your blinders on.
- Cook, cook, cook. I am not the best at this, so I know this will be my challenge. I want to really make an effort to cook more often and really be cautious of what I am putting in my body.
What are other great Clean Eating tips for others to use?