Thursday, December 18, 2014

FitnessFiles: Become a Clean Eating Bombshell

Well, we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season and with all of the New Year's Resolutions being made - I thought a few tips on how to eat clean might be in order... I think you will find it really isn't as hard or overwhelming as it can sometimes seem! 
Follow these tips & you, my dear, are on your way to becoming a 
Clean Eating Bombshell!

1. Don’t be afraid of good fats.  
Fact: Fat is absolutely necessary for the body to function.  It is a great source to fuel your body & it can help keep you feeling full.  Avoid hydrogenated fats, oxidized fats, and processed fats, like in fried foods and packaged desserts/ snacks.  Instead, reach for nuts, avocados, and fish oil and cook with coconut oil and olive oil. 
2. Stay Hydrated. More water, please!  
I talk about the importance of water all the time but it really is key to keeping your body running optimally.  Staying hydrated helps you flush out toxins and absorb nutrients. 
Tip: Avoid drinking too much bottled water and instead invest in BPA free water bottles and fill them up with filtered water.  You can even add some delicious fruit to make it even tastier ;) #fancy
3. Eat more veggies & fruit.  
They are stocked full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  They are also the best source of carbohydrates since they are not processed.  Eating carbs isn’t bad, eating them from over processed sources like chips, bread, and refined sources is. 
Tip: When grocery shopping stick to the perimeter of the store (where a majority of the unprocessed foods are) and avoid the aisles as much as possible!
4. Stay away from the fake food. 
Easy rule of thumb: Avoid anything “low-fat” & “sugar-free!” They are loaded with artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.  I promise after a week or so, those things will not even taste good!
5. Listen to your body.  
I saved the best (and most important) for last…you will find a zillion different diets, workouts, advice, etc… but you know what? At the end of the day no diet is exactly perfect for every.single.person. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.  Are you training for a marathon? Well, your diet will look very different from mine.  Why? Because you are expelling way more energy than me for much longer durations.  Chances are if you are eating what I am, you will feel sluggish, tired, and exhausted. If I ate what you should be eating, I would probably blow up like a balloon and feel miserable. Red meat make you feel nauseous? Okay, don’t eat it and Paleo is probably not the diet for you… Do raw veggies make your stomach feel uncomfortable & gassy? Then a vegetarian diet probably isn’t going to last too long for you. 
Bottom line: Explore different diets - what works for one person may not work for you.  Stay connected to how your body feels and adjust accordingly.  It is a process, but when you start eating what is right for your body, you will start to notice a significant difference in how you feel, your energy levels, and your performance.

{Do you have any clean eating tips I didn’t touch on here? Share in the comments below – I would love to hear them!}

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