Clean up your eating!
Clean eating isn't a fad or a diet instead its a lifestyle choice. It's about being mindful of what you are putting into your body. Think whole foods and real foods. Quite simple its all about 'cutting the crap' and ditching the processed and refined foods from your life. If its out of a packet then its most likely to be full of non natural ingredients which is what we are trying to avoid.
Where to start...
My advice is to make small realistic and manageable changes, this way you are more likely to stick with it. The aim is to replace unhealthy habits with new healthy habits!
1. Cook you own food - by preparing and cooking your own food you know exactly what you are eating, what ingredients you have used and how it has been cooked. Use fresh ingredients, keep it simple to start with (wholegrain, lean protein and vegetables), as you become more confident you can experiment more. Top tip: add herbs and spices for flavor.
2. Check labels - If you unsure always check labels for added sugars, salts and additives.
3. Eat whole foods - always choose natural, real, whole foods.
4. Avoid processed food - 'Cut the Crap' that means takeaways, packet food, chocolate, sweets, deserts, white carbs etc.
5. Eat balance meals - Protein, carbs and healthy fats.
6. Limit added fats, salts and sugars - start by reducing and aim to eliminate.
7. It is IMPORTANT to remember portion control.
8. Don't drink your calories - Be smart with drinking choose water and green teas. Don't ruin your hard work by drinking empty calories save your calories for food!
9. Cut the sugar you are all sweet enough already.
Sugar is in everything and you probably don't even realise how much you are consuming daily and I'm not talking about the obvious things like cakes, sweets etc I'm talking about things you wouldn't necessarily think as of sweet like bread, condiments, sauces, salad dressing, yoghurts and so called healthy cereals and bars. Always check the listed ingredients on the labels if you are unsure, or ideally avoid these types of foods altogether.