We have all heard the phrase, and many of us, including me, have lived it… “Diets don’t work!”
Sure, sometimes you lose the weight for a short period of time, but diets cannot give you long-term sustainable weight or fat loss. When going through these drastic changes of dieting, your body goes into shutdown mode and your brain releases hormones telling your brain that you are starving. So when the diet is done, your body wants to replenish what it lost, plus some.
When you diet, you are consuming less food, so your metabolism slows down and you also lose muscle in the process. In no circumstance, in a healthy body, would you want to lose muscle mass! Instead we need to focus on what is being put into our bodies, and not how much of it. It’s time to eliminate “diet” from our vocabulary.
CLEAN EATING IS NOT A DIET, IT IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE.
It is making the conscious decision to be happier and healthier, not only for you, but for your family. Clean eating is all about being aware of the pathway your food had to go through from growth, to your plate. It is focusing on consuming whole or real food and reducing or eliminating processed, refined, or handled food from your diet.
Focusing on raw, organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and good fats, the benefits go far beyond just weight loss. You gain more energy, improved body system functioning, improved cognitive abilities, better skin, better hair… the list goes on!
SOME GENERAL TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN EATING CLEAN INCLUDE:
- Limit processed foods
- Increase fruit and veggie intake (raw and organic are the best options)
- Cut down saturated fat
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol and tobacco consumption
- Remove sugars or artificial sweeteners
- Cut out refined grains
- Hydrate – not with sugary sports drinks but with water. If you don’t like water try adding lemon or raspberries for a hint of flavor.
Since I began my journey I have been able to easily maintain my weight, have had increased energy levels, clearer skin & better sleep. Clean eating will help you and your family feel better, long-term.