If you’re trying to lose weight or tone up then the most important thing is to ensure your diet is clean. Firstly let me explain that by ‘diet’ I don’t mean going on a diet – I mean your general daily intake of food.
Clean eating isn’t a fad diet, it’s a lifestyle choice, which is a much better way to live as dieting often leads to cravings and ultimately a diet will end, then you are left where you started.
Adopting a clean eating lifestyle is a much better way to live, not only for weight loss to accompany your exercise regime, but also for the other benefits of clean eating. These range from clearer skin (as less toxins will be in your body) through to increased mental well-being and energy.
Making the decision to eat clean basically means choosing to eliminate processed foods and extra additives from your diet. So you’re choosing to eat whole, unrefined foods. Even if your goal isn’t weight/fat loss this is the healthiest lifestyle choice to make as you will be totally aware of everything that you eat and no hidden additives will sneak into your food.
When you buy food check there are no more than 4-6 ingredients in the ingredient list. Also, try to only buy foods where you recognise each item listed in the ingredients. This is the best way to ensure you know what you’re putting into your body.
Essentially you should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, meats and whole grains.
There are loads of great clean treats you can make though, so don’t think for a second that eating clean means you can’t have treats and will be limited to a life of salads because it’s not like that at all.
If you’re worried you will get bored of eating clean then below is a picture of a dessert that I often eat. It’s gluten-free, lactose-free and obviously clean (and packed full of protein). It’s Greek yoghurt with strawberries and pecan nuts, and in my opinion, tastes just as good, if not better, than some ice creams! Try it and let me know what you think.
I’ve been clean eating for a few months now and am still not 100% clean, I am only human after all. If you choose to start clean eating then good for you, you will feel the benefits very soon after starting. I noticed that my body felt rejuvenated and (for want of a better word) clean.
Obviously it takes a while to adjust so don’t torment yourself if you eat something ‘unclean’, it’s not the end of the world. I never punish myself because that, for me, is the quickest way to fail at something. We’ve all been there – tried to eat healthy for a few days and ‘allowed yourself’ some ice cream, only to then feel guilty and give up completely instead of carrying on and picking up exactly where you left off.
Eating something ‘unclean’ is going to happen sometimes, I actually choose to include things away from clean eating a few times every week just so that I won’t crave them and then binge one day. This won’t be approved by the people who are 100% clean but it works for me. It’s more realistic than trying to accept a life without chocolate!
In my personal opinion, a healthy lifestyle means everything in moderation.
So go check it out guys, I would advise to just start with the basics that I’ve mentioned above so you don’t get scared by making too many changes at one time. Gradually start to live a healthier lifestyle and you’ll soon feel (and see) the benefits.