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Seven Tips to Eating Clean

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Eating clean does not have to be a challenge. Every choice we make will dictate the outcome. When we set an intention, we actively move in the direction we envision. Mindless eating has become the norm, but that does not have to be the same for you.

Here is how to stay on track when you make your way to eating better.

  1. Be Prepared

    When it matters most you want to make sure you are ready and prepared to face any challenge. If you are hungry and your fridge is empty or filled with non-friendly food items a.k.a. pop drinks and processed options, chances are you will fail. It is easier to reach out for whatever when you are "hangry" thanks to Ghrelin, your hunger hormone which is at its peak. Instead, prepare your meals ahead of time and opt for healthy options like almonds and fruit or some lean meats and veggies.

    Remember: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
  2. Portion Proof your Kitchen

    Even too much of the good stuff can be counterproductive. Portion size is a crucial component of eating clean and living a healthy and happy life. If you are going to have a snack, have a handful of almonds and a small apple not a bag of almonds and a popcorn size bowl of fruit.

    Remember: Size matters.
  3. Choose Colourful and Organic Produce

    Colours represent life; nutrition and goodness all packaged by Mother Nature and made available to us. Why not enjoy all available varieties and take full advantage of it. Everything from apples, berries, mangoes, and watermelons to leafy greens, avocadoes, tomatoes and many more can be found in any grocery store or farmers markets. Have fruit in the first half of the day and more veggies towards the evening.

    Remember: "Your life is a canvas, make sure you paint yourself a whole lot of colourful days."
  4. Be Creative

    Eating clean can be challenging, so why not make it fun and exciting. Why not experiment with different recipes and substitute processed for raw foods as much as you can. Try my Greek Yogurt Parfait (skinny version) which is 150 calories with no artificial sugars, fillers, or chemicals.
    Remember: "Creativity is intelligence having fun."
  5. Give yourself some Eye Candy

    When your food looks appealing you will want to eat it. There is a psycho-spiritual connection to food that most of us develop from childhood. Comfort foods are introduced to us at an early age and so it becomes part of our adult life. Create your own masterpiece which you will enjoy and probably brag about to your friends; the attractive wrapper on your favourite chocolate bar will soon be forgotten.Remember: Life is beautiful; your food can be too.
  6. Be Smart not Tempted

    Temptation is found everywhere at anytime. I used to stock chocolate bars of all kinds at my desk at work. People would come to me for sugary, chocolaty goodness until the answer was "no, I don't have chocolate". Even though I've made big changes to my diet over the past five years I still find myself sometimes in the "junk food" aisle at the grocery store. I leave the aisle almost always without any because I follow the approach of being smart not tempted. I've learned over the years to look at ingredients, read labels and research when it comes to the food I eat. So, be smart and remember, if it doesn't benefit you in any way, don't have it. If you don't know the ingredients in the decadent looking treat your co-worker brought to work, don't have it. Always ask for ingredients, nutritional value, and information you want to know about the food you eat. The occasional birthday cake or the glass of wine with your friends won't kill you, so let temptation in 20% of the time and stay smart most of the time by implementing these strategies.

    Remember: Be smart not tempted.
  7. Whatever You Do Have Fun with It

    There is no need to feel guilty if you've allowed your temptation to take over your goals. If that happens, try to focus on the experience and not so much on the food, brush yourself off and continue. Be mindful of your choices and you will avoid the "slip-and-fall".

    Remember: Whatever you do have fun with it.

Enjoy your way to great health.

Tatiana Vicol
Holistic Nutritionist Student Practitioner