I have started clean eating about a month ago. It is a new lifestyle choice that is going to help me get back to my fitness goals. What I enjoy most about this diet is that it does not include processed foods and those foods with a high fat content. I am shopping the perimeter of the store such as the dairy, meat and produce counters. I am preparing better meals at home that have lower grams of carbs, sugar and cholesterol. While I am still counting calories, I am benefiting my body by cutting out the bad fats. Clean eating may be the best decision I have made lately, and here is why.
It is a new way of eating. I am eating healthy, well-balanced meals each day. Most of my meals contain a lean protein such as chicken, turkey or salmon. I try to eat several fruits and vegetables per day. For the most part, I blend the fruits and vegetables in my Nutribullet blender. These have antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to my health. Also, I try to stay within my portion sizes. This is not always easy, but I do try. I want to get a kitchen scale and start measuring out my food.
There are foods that are going to be excluded here. When you eat clean, it is best to limit those foods that contain sugar and salt. These are beloved foods such as ice cream, French fries and peanuts. Hold up, though. You can have unsalted peanuts, which taste somewhat bland, but are not that terrible. Soda, baked goods and candy may also be included on this list. If you are serious about getting back to your goal weight, then you have to do it.
In addition, it is a new way of shopping. I spend most of my time in the produce aisle. This is mostly because I make smoothies out of my fruits and vegetables, but not always. Some of my favorites are fresh berries, bananas and apples. I have also shopped for fresh pineapple, zucchini and potatoes. I try to mix it up each shopping trip. Next, it is on to get the protein. These are meats such as chicken, turkey, salmon, pork or beef. Moreover, I cannot leave the store without getting my Greek yogurt and eggs. Those are must-haves on my list.
For the most part, you are avoiding the center aisles. Of course, you will go into the cereal aisles and get some cereal (but not pop tarts!) You will go in the snack aisle and get cashews, almonds and pistachios for your snacks (but not chips!) Temptation is going to grasp at you like a toddler wanting candy, but you have to resist. Sticking to your list and avoiding your food triggers is going to be the hardest of all, but I believe in you. Take someone with you that understands these triggers and will encourage you to stick to your diet. You are going to be back to your goal weight in no time!
Finally, you are going to have more energy. Protein is a source of energy that makes the body feel so much better. Not to mention, the fruits and vegetables are stashed with vitamins and minerals that benefit your health. The antioxidants that are in the produce help fight diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In addition, your immune system is going to be tougher against colds, the flus and anything that comes its way. Clean eating is so enriching. While it may be tough starting out, you are going to reap the rewards later. Let us all start eating clean to a better health—a better self!