First and foremost I want to commend you on any intentions or efforts you’ve made to eat clean. That’s whats most important and will benefit you not only in terms of weight loss but it truly is what’s best for your health because it’s natural preventative medicine. You get a THUMBS UP for that! I’d like to see you reap the full benefits of eating clean and healthy living so this post will touch on a few common mistakes made when eating clean. I want to see you stay on the right track so let’s broaden our awareness. Let’s visit this topic for a brief minute.
I’m sure you don’t want to eat that salad or drink that juice with a nice side of chemicals and pesticides. Right? There are a variety of organic and all natural Fruit and Veggie washes out there you can purchase or you can make your own. You can easily mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water. This wash is best on berries and fruits. Washing your produce is very important as the essential foundation of eating clean is in the name: Eating Clean. That means nothing other than what’s natural to the body and this includes chemicals and unknown additives. Your body will not know what to do with these chemicals, therefore it can not digest them properly. It is then stored in the body and can be super damaging to your vital organs and bloodstream. Therefore….scrub a dub dub!
Eating clean will actually assist in cleansing your body however eating more frequently is necessary to metabolize. Your metabolism can only be triggered through eating in 2-3 hour intervals. Metabolizing and digestion is what eliminates these toxins from the body and that’s what will keep your hair shiny, skin glowing, nails growing, keep you thin and keep the blood clean. Eating 5-6 times a day more importantly allows you to take in the necessary amount of nutrients and minerals your body needs on a daily basis by having more meals. You will also benefit from frequent eating because it will keep you from feeling hungry which can lead to overeating during meals. Therefore… nom nom nom.
Cutting out simple carbs is quite alright, complex carbs on the other hand not so much. I understand the most common reason for this is weightloss however allow me to explain something. Complex Carbs such as sweet potato, oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa etc etc etc have something other foods don’t have: Fiber. Your body needs fiber to aid digestion so 1/4 of your dish during main meals should consist of a complex carbohydrate. It also takes the body longer to digest complex carbohydrates so they keep you energized and full in addition to regulating insulin levels. Unregulated insulin levels are the culprits of sugar cravings and energy crashes. Enjoy that baked potato!
Eating clean doesn’t necessarily mean it’s okay surpass your supposed caloric intake amount. Doing so slows down digestion and can cause weight gain even if it’s clean eating. Portion control allows you to lose and maintain a healthy weight. The suggested portions of a main meal are normally 1/2 plate of veggies and greens, 1/4 plate complete protein and 1/4 plate complex carbohydrates. If you stay within these portions and eat more frequently your body should feel satisfied and not feel hunger. Overeating can lead to exhaustion, skipping snacks and unregulated insulin levels. We don’t want that now do we?
Your body normally disguises hydration through hunger. It won’t signal to you “Hey you’re thirsty!”. So there may be times when you may think you are hungry but in reality are in need of more water. Drinking water is an essential part of eating clean. It cushions the joints and muscles, assists in flushing out toxins and keeps the body hydrated which in turn keeps you energized. You really should be drinking 32 or more ounces a day. What’s funny is that you immediately notice a difference in your mood and hunger levels when you begin drinking the required amount of H20. Cheers!
If you aren’t committing any of these errors GREAT! If you are its OKAY! Now you know a little better to keep you centered around your goal to live a healthier cleaner eating lifestyle. Knowledge is power and I hope this post has helped you in any way. Feel free to contact me for any assistance with clean eating or nutritional planning. Stay Well 😉