Eating clean does not have to be a challenge. Food we chose to consume, will affect our mood, energy, and even how well we do at work or in school. Try eating 20 chocolate chip cookies from a box or a bag of Doritos, and notice how you feel – the point is, smart nutrition is key for optimal performance. (This comment is for illustration purposes only, please don’t actually try to eat 20 cookies 🙂 )
When we set an intention, we actively move in the direction we envision. Mindless eating however, has become the norm in today’s world. To help you stay on track I’ve designed this 7 step guide, enjoy.
1. Be Prepared.
When it matters most you want to make sure you are ready to face any challenge. If you are hungry and your fridge is empty or filled with non-friendly food items, such as, pop drinks and processed options, chances are you will fail. It is easier to reach out for whatever when you are “hangry” thanks to Ghrelin, your hunger hormone which is at its peak. Instead, prepare your meals ahead of time and opt for healthy options like almonds and fruit or some lean meats and veggies.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
2. Portion Proof your Kitchen.
Even too much of the good stuff can be counterproductive. Portion size is a crucial part of eating clean and living a healthy and happy life. If you are going to have a snack, have a handful of almonds and a small apple not a bag of almonds and a popcorn size bowl of fruit.
3. Choose Colourful and Organic Produce.
Colours represent life; nutrition and goodness all packaged by mother nature and made available to us. Why not enjoy all available varieties and take full advantage of it. Everything from apples, berries, mangoes, and watermelons to leafy greens, avocados, tomatoes and many more can be found in any grocery store or farmers markets. Have fruit in the first half of the day and more veggies towards the evening.
“Your life is a canvas, make sure you paint yourself a whole lot of colourful days.”
4. Be Creative.
Eating clean can be challenging, so why not make it fun and exciting. Why not experiment with different recipes and substitute processed for raw foods as much as you can? Try my recipe page for more ideas.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
5. Give yourself some Eye Candy.
When your food looks appetizing you will want to eat it. There is a psycho-spiritual connection to food that most of us develop from childhood. Comfort foods, are introduced to us at an early age and so, it becomes part of our adult life. Create your own masterpiece which you will enjoy and probably brag about to your friends; the attractive wrapper on your favourite chocolate bar will soon be forgotten.
Life is beautiful, your food can be too.
6. Be Smart not Tempted.
Temptation is found everywhere and at anytime. I used to stock chocolate bars of all kinds at my desk at work. Colleagues would come to me for sugary, chocolaty goodness. Even though I’ve made big changes to my diet over the past eight years, I still find myself sometimes in the “junk food” aisle at the grocery store. I leave the aisle almost always really quickly because I follow the approach of being smart not tempted. I’ve learned, over the years, to look at the ingredients, read labels and research when it comes to the food I eat. So, be smart and remember, if it doesn’t benefit you in any way, don’t have it. If you don’t know the ingredients in that chocolatey-monster medley your co-worker brought to work, don’t have it. Always ask for ingredients, nutritional value, and information you want to know about the food you eat. The occasional birthday cake or the glass of wine with your friends won’t kill ya, so let temptation in 20% of the time and stay smart most of the time by implementing these strategies.
Be smart not tempted.
7. Whatever You Do Have Fun Doing It.
There is no need to feel guilty if you’ve accidentally eaten 20 cookies, 😀 oh no, so shake it off and start over. Focus on what is ahead of you not what already happened. Be mindful of your choices and you will avoid the “slip-and-fall”.
Whatever you do have fun doing it.