Call it a cleanse, a guilty conscience, a desire to want to live a longer healthier life, or just become more aware of one’s body. Fact is: You eat good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good.
While physical fitness is important, it all truly starts from within.
While briefly touched in the past, when discussing going healthy forever the topic is various when it comes down to what exactly is “clean eating/cleaner lifestyle”? Vegetables? Fishy stuff? Eggs? Pizzaless grapes?
So besides not looking a flourishing mess, what exactly are the 101’s to a cleaner lifestyle?
The true detox liquid. 60 percent of the human body, it is the most needed formula for all systems to work. It regulates body temperature, protects your organs, transports nutrients and eliminates waste. It’s one of the best starts to a healthier lifestyle and basically the most important.
Not a big fan of the taste of water? Add something like liquid stevia to spruce up the taste. Of course there’s always vodka too, but you didn’t hear that from me.
2) LIMIT PROCESSED FOODS
SAY NO TO TV DINNERS. A “steak” combo being worth only 89 cents should be a warning sign enough. However, if hard times come knocking opt for a route of sandwiches that will last for the week or everyone’s friend at one time or another, Ramen–which can be spruced up with some of these recipe ideas.
3) VEGGIES VEGGIES VEGGIES
4) LIMIT THE SATURATED
Childish humor aside, these fats are good for your heart and can help raise your HDL, “the good cholesterol”, while saturated fats are associated with increased risk of heart disease.
5) REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
It’s a well known fact I am clearly a fan of a good drink. Particularly after a long, tiring day.
But with most things, alcohol is most certainly on the list of things that should be consumed in moderation. Too much alcohol consumption can lead to excess calories and leave you in constant dehydration.
5) UN-SWEETEN YOUR DIET
Limit added sugars. Say no to sodas and excessive junk food and sweets or your precious face will forever pay the price.
6) CUT THE SODIUM
7) GET WHOLE GRAIN WITH IT
Of course there is the option of whole wheat, you can also switch it up with whole grains like quinoa, oats and brown rice. Mix with fish, steaks, veggies and even ground turkey.
8) EAT LESS MEAT
Eating less meat can help eliminate extra saturated fat from your diet.
Allow me to have a honesty moment and admit that probably won’t be happening in my diet change. The thought of going an entire day without some sort of bacon, nibble of turkey, a pepperoni, etc. is almost enough to make me end up on an episode of Snapped.
9) Increase Fruit Intake
“Nature’s candy” is rich in potassium, which can help keep blood pressure in check, and also rich in vitamin C, which is important for a healthy immune system. Life is crazy and keeps us busy, being sick is not on the schedule.
10) Eliminate Refined Grains
Elimating white flour and refined grains is an easy way to eat cleaner. Refined grains tend to be more processed and often stripped of beneficial nutrients like magnesium, selenium and fiber and are typically found in unhealthy packaged foods and junk food. I’m looking at you Cheetos.
At the end of the dieted day, feeling good about what you’ve done is important, success is moderation and balance, and of course alway remember the rule about the rules: