A clean eating is one of the both mandatory conditions towards looking fabulous and feeling healthy and energized at the same time. Of course, the other one is regular visits to the gym, or wherever your favourite type of exercise takes place.
There are many theories about what a ‘clean’ eating diet involves. To me, it should include lots of raw, non- or minimally processed foods, free of chemicals and preservatives. As a busy mom with a full-time job I understand the problem of always having something healthy at hand. Often, we just want to grab something out of the fridge or a cupboard and put it in the microwave for a few minutes. Knowing the few basic principles of a healthy eating will guide you through those harsh times, helping you achieve the body shape and feel you’ve always wanted!
Here are some basic tips for a healthier lifestyle along with a list of groceries to buy the next time you go shopping. The list is not fully completed, but it will outline the major foods needed for a ‘cleaner’ you.
Note: Most of the items in this list are located along the periphery of the grocery store. Anyway, I would recommend shopping from the local green grocery instead of going to a large supermarket.
- Avoid the ‘whites’ - meaning sugar, white flour found in pasta and bread, rice and salt.
- Less is more - aim for eating ‘whole’ foods. Order meals that contain no more than 6 ingredients. The fewer they are, the “wholer” and less processed the meal is.
- Major ‘evils’ to skip - count the fast foods, soft drinks, alcohol, fat and fried meals.
- One step at a time - switching to clean foods immediately will stress your body, as well as make it more difficult for you to go through the process. Don’t push yourself, but try to replace one food at a time. Dried fruits instead of Snickers, brown pasta instead of instant noodles, you get the idea. Replacing foods continually will change your taste for good, and you will naturally starve for healthy foods.
-Raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, flax and chia seeds
-Lean Ground Turkey
-Low-fat greek yoghurt