Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Eat Clean Diet

The Eat Clean Diet

I have been getting a lot of questions on how to put together a meal plan. I understand why people need help in this area because I use to be one of those people. I was the type of person that If a menu wasn't laid out for me then I had trouble trying to figure out what to eat and create a healthy lifestyle. Well, I'm here to say after months of practicing and finally figuring out the In's and Outs of The Clean Eating lifestyle... I finally have it down. I'm not admitting to being perfect in any means, I'm simply stating that I believe I have found what works best for me.

Reading The Eat Clean Diet Recharged by Tosca Reno was the best thing I ever did for myself. She really breaks down the importance of eating clean and exactly how to do it. It's a great book and if you haven't gotten your hands on this baby yet ... DO IT NOW!!! Fire up the ol' Nook, Kindle, Ipad, Iphone and download it ... or do it the old fashion way and head to the book store. I promise it's worth it.

So, if you are new to clean eating I'll break it down for you. Eat 5-6 small meals a day every 2-3 hours. This keeps your metabolism going and burning calories all day long. If you go long periods of time with out eating then your body will going into starvation mode and everything you eat beyond that point will be stored as FAT! Who wants that!??! Not me! I choose to EAT!!! We all love to eat ... Crash Diets do NOT work ... Our body needs fuel to keep going! Eating healthy, small meals through out the day is the way to go. You will feel like you are eating way to much but the key is that since you are eating more quality food you can have a bigger quantity. Amazing huh?

Another important factor in eating clean and staying healthy is to drink plenty of water through out the day. This is super important. If you don't drink enough water then your body will begin to confuse thirst for hunger. It doesnt' know the difference. Water is the most crucial nutrient in life. Your body is made 60% of water and needs it to stay hydrated, for muscle recovery, digestion, and satitation. You may make a few more trips to the potty but ... It's worth it.
How much water should you drink daily?

The average women should drink about 2 - 2.5 Liters of water a day!! WHOA THAT'S A LOT!! You will see how much better you feel once you are actually drinking water your body has been craving. Do it .... I dare you.

The average man should drink about 3 Liters a day.

Your Urine should be clear and odorless every time you take a pee :) Just thought I'd add that in there! It's true. So when in doubt ... check out your pee!

Here are some tips in getting into the habit of drinking more water :

1. Start Early. As soon as you wake up drink a bottle of water. Keep it on your night stand so the first thing you do is grab the bottle of water and down it. This will get your metabolism going and start getting things moving.

2. Drink 2 cups of water with each meal!! 2 cups at breakfast, 2 cups at lunch, and 2 cups at dinner. This will knock 6 cups out of the way.

3. Drink water during your workout!! This is OBVIOUS .. but so very important. You need to replenish your body as it sweats.

If you aren't a fan of water there are ways that you can make it a little tastier with out adding in calories or sugar. Every time I go out to eat with my family I order a big glass of ice water with extra lemon. I love lemon water. It's so good and amazing for you and it's FREE! Who doesn't like something that is FREE. Squeeze lemon into your water and it will give it more flavor.

So there you go!! A few tips to take with you ....
I plan on expanding on this healthy eating and helping you create meal plans so for now I'm leaving you with these tips and check back for my next blog post on some healthy clean eating snack ideas that you can munch on with out the guilt.

Contact me if you have any questions of just need help forming a meal plan.

Happy Clean Eating ......