Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eating "Clean"... Not As Hard As People Think!!

A lot of people have requested info on what exactly it means to "eat clean"... I'd like to briefly summarize. It is really very, very simple.

Here's a basic overview:


* Vegetables: They are all good and acceptable.
* Fruits: They are all good and acceptable, berries are the best, because the are low calorie and loaded with anti oxidants. And don't forget avocados for their healthy fats.
* Dairy: Low fat Yogurt, Skim Milk or 1%, & some but not a lot of cheese, remember cheese is really high in fat.
* Meat: Lean meats like fish, turkey breast and chicken. Lean cuts of beef, bison and wild game work as well.
* Nuts: Great protein!, but unsalted and raw are the best, roasted are acceptable.
* Grains: Whole grain (notice the use of the world WHOLE and GRAIN when shopping) breads, flat-bread and tortillas (wraps), whole grain noodles. Brown rices.
* Water: do NOT forget water!! drink water as much as possible!!

Remember, you want the purest, most unprocessed foods possible, except for dairy, you for sure want low fat dairy.

You want to stay away from processed and refined foods. Simple sugars are no good so stay out of the junk food aisle.


You want to be eating 5-6 meals a day spacing them every 2-3 hours. You want to eat the last meal of the day 2 hours before bed.

When eating a meal or a snack you want to be eating a protein with a complex carb. The carb is going to give you energy and the protein will help you feel full until the next meal. For instance and apple and a handful of Almonds is a great snack!

Eating this way is going to help prevent crashing and then binge eating a bunch of chips and soda.


Eating well is going to be 80% of your success, but you can't skip out on the workouts. Start small, walking or yoga, but eventually you are going to want to start doing some strength training. Your body needs muscle. Plus, muscle burns more calories throughout the day than fat, so the more muscle you have the more fat you will burn each day.