Everyone is bouncing around the word clean at the moment in relation to diet. When I log onto my FaceBook or twitter I see status updates with ‘had my clean breakfast’. Well, what is a clean breakfast I hear you all scream?
Firstly can I say I hate the word diet! It makes me think of short term changes such as a seven day or 30-day fad diet, and these do not work. We should use the word lifestyle which for me means the way I intend to lead my life from now on. A way of life.
A clean lifestyle is simply eating foods the way nature intended. Foods our bodies function on best. Your blood sugar level is sustained and you will eat lean proteins complex carbs and healthy fats. You will feel full of energy and feel great. You will ?nd you eat more but you should be aiming to eat five or six small meals a day. The best thing is you naturally loose weight as your body utillies the nutrients more ef?ciently and your metabolism speeds up.
Aim to eat eat whole foods, whole grains, unsalted nuts and seeds and avoid processed foods. I see processed foods as anything that had a label but you don’t have to eliminate foods like wholegrain pasta natural cheeses. But if you cant pronounce an ingredient on the label then you know its been processed for sure so stay away.
Eliminate re?ned sugars. When eating clean you will notice your sugar craving will subside. You’ll no longer want the stuff.
Cook your own meals. I don’t have time I hear you scream! Sorry no excuse! I am a full time working mother with two hungry teenagers to feed. I come home from work, throw a chicken in the oven then toss some vegetables in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, bang them in the oven and by the time i’ve changed out of my work clothes, showered and helped with homework we have a lovely healthy dinner of roast chicken and roasted vegetables. You can vary the ?avour of your chicken with the use of herbs and spices so it never tastes the same. You could do the same with ?sh too. Use sweet potatoes over white potatoes. One of my favourite foods is baked sweet potato.
You never ever have to count calories with a clean way of life. I always carry fruit and a bag of almonds in my bag to ensure I eat at snack times. But your not meant to eat all the nuts in the bag! Just a palm full of nuts and and apple is what I consider a healthy snack.
Never ever skip breakfast! No time? Grab a banana or I love pineapple slices for breakfast, they are also a great desert too! If you want something more hearty, scammbled eggs with grilled portobello mushrooms all ready within 10 minutes. I was introduced to a great snack by a friend of mine. She was eating a Nakd bar. They are simply raw fruit and nuts smooshed together nothing more and they are so yummy! I wish someone had invented them much sooner! Now there is always one of these bars within arms reach at all times incase I get hungry. I have them in by handbag, in my car, in my gym bag. Nakd bars can be bought individually for around 75p each dependant on ?avour or I buy packs of 5 from Tesco at around £2.49 per pack.