Clean eating is a Lifestyle NOT a Diet!

When you choose to follow a clean eating lifestyle you are choosing a healthy life that is powered by fresh, nutrient-dense foods that give you more energy, improve your focus and give your body what it needs NOT what it craves.

Clean eating is simply providing your body with fresh, flavorful, non-processed foods that provide the maximum nutritional value. Simple, right? It is and it isn’t. Clean eating is a mindful way of eating that requires that you learn what foods are good for you and which aren’t. It is a lifestyle change that is sustainable long-term.

How should you start?

First, understand what you are eating, when you are eating and why you are making your current food choices. A great way to do this is to keep a food journal for no less than two weeks, a month being ideal. List every meal, every snack, every beverage for each day. Next to each entry record the time and your mood and/or energy level. This will give you a complete overview of your current diet in black and white. Once you have this information you can begin to see where you can be better and what triggers some of your poor choices. Wait! Before you go any further download my Complete Menu Planning, Shopping & Prep Guide.

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Clean out your kitchen

Clean out your refrigerator, freezer and pantry! Get rid of any unhealthy food items. While you are at it check your spices for freshness.

Research. Research. Research.

Learn all that you can about clean eating and how it can benefit you. You’ll also want to look into what you should consider before beginning a clean eating regimen and exactly what foods are “clean”. That being said, please, please, please evaluate the resources where you get your information. Karen, from a clean eating Facebook group, who do not have a background in nutrition but heard from Susan’s aunt’s neighbor that you should do “a thing” is probably not a great source. Seriously, what you are putting into your body is vital to your overall health. Treat it as such. Look for experts that have the experience and knowledge to help you learn the best way to incorporate clean foods into your diet.

You need a plan.

Now that you have evaluated the results of your food journal and you’ve learned a ton about clean eating its time to plan how you can live a clean eating life. First, look at our average daily schedule. Try your best to set reasonable times for your meals and snacks. Don’t forget breakfast should be no later than an hour after waking. Next, decide on what you will have for each meal and snack for the week. Make sure to include beverages. Once you know what you will eat and when you can move on to shopping and prepping for the week. Check out our delicious and healthy recipes

Let’s go shopping!

Most of us choose where to shop because it is convenient or we have shopped there for years. It could be time to shake up your shopping trips! You can gain more control over your food purchases by visiting a butcher, stopping at a local produce stand or visiting a farmer’s market or finding specific products online that are more healthful. You want to look for whole foods that are not loaded with antibiotics, pesticides or chemicals. READ LABELS!!! Sorry, I yelled, but seriously, read them. Labels can tell you many different things about a product that can make deciding if it should go in your cart or not much easier. Before shopping download my Complete Menu Planning, Shopping & Prep Guide. It includes meal planner and shopping list. Take time to shop. Your grocery list should be complete and cover all the foods that you need through the week. Stopping a couple of times a week for this or that can lead to a weakening of your resolve to not be tempted by no-no foods.

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Plan Ahead

Clean eating is much easier when shop, plan and prep your week’s meals ahead of time.  This will help keep you from grabbing unhealthy food on-the-go, snacking on sweets or filling up on high-calorie, low nutrient beverages.

Prepping for success.

Prepping ahead saves time, reduces stress and helps you stay organized. Take an evening or a weekend afternoon and prep all your meals and snacks for the week. This is a great time to have the kids or your significant other to join in. Prepping each meal gives you control and staves off the “What are we going to have for dinner?” blues. Ahead of time be sure that you have enough containers to store your prepped food. Correctly sized containers help with portion control. Portion everything! This helps to keep reduce waste and discourage overeating.

Yes, clean eating takes some work but the benefits far outweigh the time spent planning, shopping and prepping. The key to eating clean is to know what you are putting in your body and to gain control of how much you are eating. Once you are acclimated to living a better more healthy life you will not want to go back to making poor food choices. Why would you when you look and feel great?

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In my Complete Menu Planning, Shopping & Prep Guide, I share with you how you can manage your nutritional needs and make healthy choices. Through proper menu planning and prepping you can bring delicious, healthful choices into every meal. Included you will find valuable resources, tips, a menu planner and a shopping list.  With your subscription I will send you my newsletter full of even moreideas, recipes and resources that can help you on your journey!

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Based in Orlando, Fl., Temple Fuel provides classes and seminars about healthy eating along with corporate wellness programs and nutrition counseling. With small changes, we can help you improve the Standard American Diet (SAD) through dieting and meal planning.

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