This is the first post in my “How to lose the First 5 pounds” series. This series outlines basic steps that you can take to begin to lose those first 5 pounds.
The first topic is one that I think most people like to talk about the least….what we are eating. I’ll take a second for you to get over your shock…..
When I first start working with a new client, the first thing I have them do is to write down what they are eating. Remember, about 80% of your effort on this journey will be making sure you make the right choices with your nutrition. You can’t workout hard and eat whatever you want, it doesn’t work that way. We have to start by knowing WHAT we are eating. If you can find an accountability partner to keep you on track with your food journaling, GREAT!
I follow and I recommend to people to follow “clean eating.” This method of eating does not exclude any food groups, and it lets you still enjoy your food. There is no direct definition for “clean eating”. Specifically, clean eating is NOT a diet – it is a lifestyle choice. When someone makes the choice to eat “clean” they are choosing to eliminate all processed foods and extra additives from their diet. Basically, you are choosing to eat whole, unrefined foods.
One with many benefits that include:
Increased mental well -being
The basics of eating clean include:
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables. These are straight from nature – the idea is to stay away from anything that may have been altered in any way.
Include meats: My now famous about clean eating is “If it grows in the ground or has a mama, it’s fair game.”
Enjoy whole grains – these are grains that are still complete and haven’t been broken down in any form. Examples include: brown rice, whole wheat and other whole grains. You will have to get used to reading over food labels. Just because a product says its “whole grain” does not mean it is. It also does not mean they have not added a bunch of other ingredients as well.
Eat fewer ingredients – try not to purchase items with more than 4-6 ingredients in the ingredient list. Also, be sure you recognize every ingredient. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t put it in your body.
This week, work on eating veggies at every large meal. Yes, EVERY one. Try it. Every time you eat a large meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) make sure you’ve got a vegetable on your plate. Dark, leafy greens have so many health benefits, one of them being their alkalizing benefits. They are easily digested and boost your immune system. Here are a few ways you can work them into your meals everyday:
Sauteé some spinach to have with your eggs
Blend a fruit smoothie with some kale or spirulina
Instead of iceberg lettuce, use fresh spinach for the base of a leafy salad
Bake some broccoli sprinkled with olive oil and garlic powder for a great side dish
Make some kale chips to change things up a bit
It’s going to take some effort (and a little grocery shopping) to meet this goal, but it can be done! Plan your meals for each day and you’ll be successful. You can do it!
This weeks 2 goals:
1. Write down all of the food you are eating
2. Eat vegetables at every meal
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