As I attempt to regain my fitness post-baby and make myself into the healthiest role model possible, I find myself again looking to nutrition. The eating style that I have found matches up most closely to my own ideas and opinions I found in a body building magazine. The concept of "eating clean" appealed to my sense of preferring food in its original form.
I am now embarking on a new adventure of combining eating clean with eating with attached infant. :) One of my projects for the next few months is adapting slow cooker recipes that I have liked to be healthier.
The basics of Clean Eating:
- Eat five to six times a day- three meals plus two to three snacks. Including lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a complex carb at each meal.
- Drink plenty of H2O- I aim for half my body weight in ozs
- Get label savy- Aiming for whole foods and avoiding chemicals and preservatives.
- Avoid processed and refined foods- white flour, sugar, bread and pasta, and most foods that come in a box
- Know your enemies- avoiving foods high in saturated and trans fat, fried foods, foods high in sugar
- Shop with a conscience-consume humanely raised and local meats and produce
- Consume healthy fats- a balanced diet is vital, and includes fat. EFAs are a basic building block
- Learn about portion sizes- and learn to recognize and respect them
- Reduce your carbon footprint- eat seasonal and local
- Moderation is key- limit alcohol to a treat
- Slow down and savor- food tastes best and is best absorbed when eaten slowly and enjoyed!
- Take it to go- pack a cooler for work or outings so healthy options are always available.
- Make it a family affair- food is social glue that should be shared. Improve the quality of your family's life (and set yourself up for success) by sharing the benefits of eating clean
**My first post-baby goal- to consistently fit in five to six balanced meal/snacks, with at least 64 ozs of water. **