Eat Clean, Feel Clean-21 Day Challenge

As many of you know, I am hosting a 21 day fitness challenge. I don’t know about you, but I am very excited! But in order for us to be successful we need to eat clean too. In my previous post I did state I will try to post different recipes to help along the way, but here are some other helpful tips to stay focus on your diet as well.

Many people have no idea what ‘eating clean’ is all about. Well, it is not as difficult as it sounds. Eating clean is all about avoiding processed and refined foods. Though we can’t always grow our own vegetables or kill our chickens, I do try to live by a 5 ingredient rule. If you have to buy any prepackaged foods try to make sure there’s no more than 5 items in the ingredient list. For example, salsa. I LOVE salsa, actually I love any type of Mex or Tex-Mex food. But I’m not always in the mood to make it from scratch. Your average store bought salsa has about 5-7 ingredients (see TOSTITOS All Natural Chunky Salsa). If you ever made your own salsa, then you know what and how many items it takes. Try to keep this in mind whenever shopping for food that’s in a box, jar or can. Also, it is important to be able to identify all the ingredients listed as well. If you can’t pronounce it or grow it naturally, don’t eat it!

During these 21 days it is important to EAT.  Try to consume something at least every 4 hours. It doesn’t have to be a whole meal, a slice of bread with peanut butter will do. Every meal and snack should include a lean protein source and a ‘good carbs’. Good carbohydrates consist of vegetables and fruits with the skin on, whole grain bread and pastas, brown rice and colorful starches. When fixing a meal each food item should be a different color. Live by this rule! Not just for the 21 days but as a rule of thumb for life. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’ve heard this over and over again, still, many of us neglect to eat this meal. I know, I know, you’re too busy or not hungry yet. Well, here are my suggestions. If you can’t eat a full meal within a hour of waking up, grab a snack and a glass of water. An apple and a handful of peanuts or a even just a yogurt. Bam! That’ll at least tie you over until you can have a full meal. For these 21 days it is important to keep your metabolism active! The entire time! Hopefully this is enough information to get everyone started, I will post more tidbits as we continue on our journey. Don’t forget to take your measurements and weigh yourself tonight or tomorrow morning. And tune in at 7 pm for our first workout. If you haven’t submitted your information you can do so in this post. Good luck everyone!!

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