Go through your pantry and throw away all processed food (do not GIVE it away, THROW it away…no one needs to eat it).
Read the ingredient label and nutrition facts on everything you purchase. If it has more than 5 ingredients, you probably shouldn’t buy it (there are exceptions, of course).
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store…this will ensure that you are buying fresh produce and meats that are not loaded with preservatives and unhealthy ingredients added to “enhance” the flavor. Kick your sugar addiction (again, read ingredient labels! You may be surprised at what products contain added sugar)! Find recipes that are easy to make…prepare your food in bulk and store in your refrigerator or freezer for convenience. Follow me on Pinterest, I have complied quite a large EAT CLEAN board with recipes!http://www.pinterest.com/acourvelle Eat every 2 – 3 hours. Eat lean protein and complex carbohydrates at each meal. This will boost your metabolism and guarantee the results you are seeking. Drink water! Your body needs water in order to function properly. The amount of water you need to drink is different for every person, but the standard rule is 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water per day.
What is the EAT CLEAN DIET?
The first thing you should know about eating clean is that it is NOT a DIET, it is a LIFESTYLE.
Eating Clean is treating your body right. It is eating the way nature intended. You eat the foods our bodies evolved to function best on, and that makes you feel – and look – fantastic. When you Eat Clean you eat more often.
You will eat lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. These practices keep your blood-sugar levels stable and keep you satisfied. The best part is that if you need to lose weight it will happen almost without you having to try. And yes, you can have a treat now and again. Best of all, Eating Clean keeps you feeling great and full of energy. In fact, you can forget all about the days when “dieting” meant feelings of hunger, lethargy or deprivation.
Eating Clean is not a fad; it’s a way of life.When you Eat Clean your body will react by losing weight if you need to lose, maintaining a healthy weight if that’s where you are, and even gaining weight if you are too skinny. But regardless of whether you want to lose, maintain or gain, you will feel better than you ever have before. Never worry about counting calories again. You will never have to diet. Eating Clean will keep you lean and healthy for the rest of your long life. Eating Clean guarantees results!
BENEFITS OF EATING CLEAN: weight loss, fat loss, shinier hair, clearer skin, mental well-being, increased energy and better sleep.
What is Clean Eating? The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it is a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.
Eat five to six times a day – three meals and two to three small snacks.
Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.
Choose organic whenever possible. If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen (ewg.org/foodnews) your organic priorities.
Drink at least two liters of water a day – preferably from a reusable canteen.
NO Soft drinks/Sodas! These are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients.
Get label Savvy. Clean foods contain short ingredient lists. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.
Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. (Easy rule: Nothing white!)
Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains (wheat) instead. Know thy enemies.
Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fat, anything fried or anything high in sugar. Consume healthy fats (essential fatty acids, or EFA’s) every day. (examples: nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, fish, nut butters)
Learn about portion sizes and work toward eating within them.
In March 2012 I decided to start running and my big goal was to run the NYC Marathon. I started off strong and dedicated myself to sharing my journey with you through FB and my blog. I didn’t realize at the time how hard it was to train and actually run a full marathon (26.2 miles). I also didn’t realize that in order to run the NYC Marathon that you either had to be a super fast runner or be picked out of several 100,000 people that were in the drawing to run the same race.
Fast forward 2 years and I am now days away from running my very 1st marathon in Lafayette, La and I have been thinking very hard about taking a break from running after the race this weekend. BUT I believe that God has other plans for me…I was just picked to run the NYC MARATHON 2014!! I am so excited and shocked at the same time!! November 2, 2014 will be EPIC!!
I can’t wait to share this journey with you all!