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Fitness Friday – tips on eating clean

Posted by Tara Burner 4 comments

Fitness is more than just working out, exercising, training…
it’s about what you eat and put into your body to fuel it as well.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase clean eating but do you know what it means?
Clean eating is based on consuming foods as close to their natural state and you can possibly get them.
That means no processed, prepackaged junk or fast food, soda or sugary drinks imitating juice.
Instead you eat fresh fruits and vegetables (I personally prefer organic when it makes a difference-some fruits/veggies it doesn’t really matter if organic or not), whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
This isn’t a diet, this is a lifestyle!
Yes, you can lose weight but if you look at this as a diet, once you go back to your current eating habits you’ll gain weight and lose all the healthy benefits of a clean eating lifestyle.

Tips on how to eat clean

-Avoid sodas and fruit juices that are commercially made (unless they’re 100% real natural organic juice like Uncle Matt’s organic juice. Most commercially made juice is far from real juice!

-Drink more water.

-Trade saturated fats for healthy fat…eat lean meats, nuts and fatty fish rather than fast food, processed foods where you’ll find large amounts of saturated fats.

-Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, (and organic in a lot of cases) not canned processed ones. Canned ones have added salt, sugar and chemical funk to them. Visit fresh farmers markets if you have them nearby. You can check Local Harvest to locate farmers markets in your area.

-Eat whole grains for your complex carbs.

-Make sure to pack food with you. This way no matter where you are you can ensure you eat healthy and clean and not run through a fast food drive through or grab something on the road that’s not good for you.

-Eat small meals throughout the day. It helps maintain blood sugar and over-eating.

Note that in the beginning, transitioning from your normal processed chemical filled funky food to clean healthy real whole foods you may find it difficult.
You might experience headaches (withdrawal/detox from sugar, chemicals) but once all the funk is out of your system you’ll be fine.

When you eat clean and healthy, you’ll feel energetic, probably lose weight, your skin & hairs condition can improve, you can increase your metabolism, overall becoming healthier.

If you need help in transitioning your eating habits to healthier, cleaner ones you may want to consider hiring a coach to help you, direct you and encourage you on the journey.

Question of the day
Do you eat healthy, whole foods?
Are you going to try?
What is your must have food?

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Nov 11, 2011
3:36 pm
#1 Michele :

Great tips Tara. I need to work on the eating fresh vegetables. Sometimes I settle for canned or frozen.

Nov 11, 2011
7:20 pm
#2 Vicki :

Thanks for all the great tips. I try to all of them, but I’m not always successful!!
Here’s My Fitness Friday

Nov 12, 2011
2:35 am

Fantastic article & great tips Tara! I just read an article that said eating raw foods requires more energy to digest them, therefore lowering the net calories in. I think you’d find it interesting.

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