When I published this post I had no idea that it would be so popular! So I decided to revisit the topic now that I am growing a human. Eating clean sounds simple right? Well, not when our society is constantly bombarded by convenience foods, fast food, junk, and super sized portions.
So I came up with some tips to help those of you first starting out on the eating clean journey.
1. Eat foods that don’t have labels, or come in a box. Real food has only 1 ingredient.
2. If the food is a plant eat it, if it’s made in a plant leave it.
3. Get hydrogenated oil out of your cart, kitchen , and mouth.
4. If you aren’t able to pronounce ingredients, your body can’t process them.
5. If you do consume packaged foods, opt for minimally processed foods with less than 5 ingredients.
6. White is not good. Steer clear of white bread, sugar, pasta.
7. Use coconut oil and olive oil for cooking. Oils, like corn and soy based oils are toxic and highly processed.
8. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives, and food dyes. They are man-made chemicals that do no good to your body.
9. STAY HYDRATED! Drink ample amounts of water daily. And by ample I mean a gallon.
10. Support your local farmers and hit the farmers market on the weekend. It’s much more cost effective, they are often organic, and you are supporting local farmers and co-ops! It’s a win-win for every BODY.
I totally get that eating clean can be expensive, so to help make it more budget friendly here is a list of foods that are less than $1 per serving
- Nuts like peanuts & almonds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chicken breasts
- Canned seafood like tuna & salmon
- Whey protein, I love my Isagenix. Undenatured, and hormone free!
- Low fat yogurt
- Low fat milk
- Low fat cottage cheese
- Whole grain pasta
- Brown rice
- pop corn
- Pretty much all fruits like apples, grapes, berries, melons, bananas
- Canned pumpkin puree
- Canned tomatoes like diced tomatoes
- sweet potatoes
And I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend a few hours once a week preparing my food for the week than have to spend time every day trying to figure out what to eat. Because I will eventually end up saying “there’s nothing to eat!!” and have a bowl of cereal. So I like to cook in bulk, and it works great for meal time in our house. So check out this fantastic post from Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean.
One new thing that I will be doing when our new deep freezer arrives is making portioned smoothie packs and sticking them in the freezer. Here’s what will go in each pack (stay tuned for the post on that soon!!)
- 1/2 a banana
- A handful of berries (strawberries/blueberries)
- Handful of spinach
- Handful of kale
- Frozen yogurt cubes
- Handful of Kale
- Handful of spinach
- Frozen V8 cubes
- 1/2 and apple
Of course I have no idea how they will turn out. When making them I will add ice, and perhaps a scoop of my Isagenix protein powder to make a full meal. I know that these smoothies will be super handy when The Bump arrives and I turn into a nursing machine. And I will be getting tons of the nutrition that I need, and so will The Bump!
Have you taken the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge yet? How was it? Have you stayed with it? Share your story!!
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