What is clean eating??

There are many health “buzz” words that are being thrown about. There have been many of these circulating throughout the years. One that I am hearing a lot, of late, and find myself using, often is “Clean Eating”. But what exactly is clean eating?? A lot of people think they eat “healthy” but when we actually go through what they are eating we often find some unpleasant surprises. It may be challenging at times to find foods in as ‘whole’ and natural a form as possible but it is possible. And it is completely worth the effort!!

What is ‘clean eating’?

Clean eating means you only eat foods that

  1. healthy

  2. natural and

  3. clean.

“Natural” is a word that many food companies freely use on their labels even when the “foods” are far from being natural. When I use the word ‘Natural’ I mean the food is as close to the way it grew out of the ground or came from the animal as possible.

“Clean” means that the food is free from hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, herbicides, fungicides, additives, preservatives, genetically-modified organisms - basically anything that changes the food and how it would react in our bodies. Pesticides, hormones, chemicals are toxic to our bodies and create a host of problems and illnesses from hormonal imbalances to metabolic syndrome and various types of cancers. All the more reason for you to avoid them!

Foods that are natural and clean, fulfilling the above prerequisites, are truly healthy. Truly nourishing and healing for your body. Eating these foods will increase your energy levels, help you manage your stress better (because your hormones will be in balance) and encourage your body to release excess weight. A healthy body manifests other effects like better immunity and a more radiant appearance!

Clean Eating Food List

  • Lots and lots of organic fruits and vegetables

  • Local-grown fruits and vegetables, whenever possible

  • Grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, dairy and free-range poultry

  • Whole, unrefined grains

  • Gluten-free, unrefined grains

  • Drink ½ your body weight, in ounces, of water every day

  • Plant-based meals - where 50-75% of your meals are vegetables and unrefined grains and 25% is animal protein

  • Do not eat refined, processed carbohydrates, ‘fruit’ or ‘fruit and vegetable’ drinks, energy drinks, ‘diet’ drinks, sodas   

  • Watch your sugar intake (1 tsp = 4 grams)

  • Eat healthy fats in the form of unsalted nuts, seeds, coconut, avocados and cold water fatty fish

  • Cook with coconut oil

  • Use extra virgin olive oil for salads, dressings/sauces - Do NOT cook with this oil

  • Use cooking methods like steaming, baking, grilling, broiling and light sauteeing

This is one ‘diet’ that works! It works because it isn’t about calorie restriction, starving yourself and depriving yourself but about learning what’s in your food, knowing where it comes from and keeping it as close to how mother nature made it as possible. Eliminate the chemicals and heavily processed ‘foods’ and you will eliminate your health problems. For those who are fortunate enough to not have health issues, this type of eating will improve your quality of life and keep you healthy, youthful and vibrant longer! Learn what works best in your body! Can you think of a better way to enjoy your life??  

Better-than-Fried Chicken

1 cup Greek Yogurt

½ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp spanish paprika

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

1-1 ½ lbs organic chicken breasts

=> Mix the greek yogurt, parmesan cheese and spices together. Coat the organic chicken breasts in the mixture. Place on a baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy!!  

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Want to get Healthy? But where to begin??

One of the most frequent questions I get asked by friends and potential clients is where do they start their journey to health & wellness?? It’s a daunting question. There is so much information out there and it often contradicts itself. Then there is the individual aspect of the equation, which is where I would come in. Every person and every body is unique and what works for you may not work for me. What works for you mom or spouse or sibling, may or may not work for you. Health & wellness is a journey that is completely individualized and unique to the person that is embarking on it.

What to do??

Thankfully, there are some good starting points that are pretty universal! Here are some tips to help you get started (and keep you from getting overwhelmed).

  1. Have you eaten your rainbow?? Most people do not get anywhere near to eating what they need in fruits and vegetables! Spinach, swiss chard, artichokes, zucchini, kale, broccoli, asparagus, squash, arugula. All of these are excellent foods in terms of giving your body the nutrition it needs, improving your skin and trimming excess pounds and inches!! **Go for ½ (half) your plate in veggies at lunch and dinner**  

  2. Continuing your ‘rainbow’ of foods - snack on organic fruits like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, blackberries, mangos, pineapples instead of cookies, candies and artificially sweetened crap. These are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that help your body rejuvenate by improving collagen production and protecting from free-radical damage. They also satisfy your sweet-tooth. **Make these your mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon snacks**

  3. Work on eliminating gluten from your diet! This is a process. Start by recognizing how much you eat and reducing it by half. Continue this reduction until you are off wheat and gluten-containing grains (barley, wheat, rye, spelt). Why?? Gluten disrupts your digestive system, making it hard for you to lose weight/maintain a healthy weight, causes inflammation (which leads to chronic illness and worsens arthritis and auto-immune conditions), causes brain fogginess and lethargy.

  4. Work on curbing sugar addiction. Most people have no idea how much sugar they are eating. It is added to almost anything you can think of. & it is harmful to your health in such levels. Read your ingredients list. 1 gram = 4 teaspoons Start looking over the ingredients, see what the sugar content is and make changes accordingly. The excess sugar in our diets contribute to premature aging and disrupt your hormones, making your body hold on to weight in the midsection and causing your fat cells to grow.

One of my favorite ways to start my day is with this smoothie! It gives me energy and helps me get my dose of fruits and veggies first thing in the morning putting me ahead of the game! It also is very good for keeping your skin looking great!

Super Morning Smoothie

2-3 cups coconut water/almond milk/purified water (in your preferred ratio)

2 large handfuls organic baby spinach

1 cup organic blueberries, frozen
1 cup organic pineapples, frozen

3 tbsp Barlean’s organic Flax, Chia & Coconut Flakes

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

2 tbsp organic almond butter (optional)

*Blend thoroughly, serve and enjoy!

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