That’s scrawled across one of my favorite workout t-shirts from Strong is the New Skinny. I snatched it up the second I saw it because it speaks to my health philosophy to a T.
I am a firm believer that getting the body of your dreams is about 80 percent nutrition, and 20 percent exercise- no joke.
What you put into your body dictates what you get out of it. Notice I said “what” and not “how much”.
You always hear about diets that promise NO CALORIE COUNTING! and EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT! Why are diets always screaming at us? Well, I’m here to tell you that this is actually possible, and pretty damn delicious.
I don’t eat to be thin, I eat to be healthy. I eat to get the most out of my body. I don’t count calories, I don’t count grams of fat or carbs or keep track of anything really, but I know the meals that I eat are specifically chosen for specific results. I eat clean- because junk in, means junk out. I’m a firm believer that we are so obese and allergic to so many new things because we aren’t feeding our kids, and ourselves, food- we are feeding them food like substances made in processing plants and chemistry labs. Or from over plumped, chemically filled chickens that are given growth hormones that cause them to balloon up faster that their legs can grow so they roll around in their own shit all day. Nummers.
So what does eating clean actually mean? It’s very simple:
My Clean Eating Rules:
1.) Quality over Quantity
200 calories of cake is not equal to 200 calories of avocado. Not all calories are created equal. Everything you put into your body takes you one step closer to your goal, or one step away from it. There are foods, no matter how many calories are in them, that can aid in weight loss, burn fat and preserve muscle. These foods are the same foods we’ve heard about for years: fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats.
Sounds tough to cut out the junk? Here’s the amazing thing people don’t tell you- once you cut out shitty food for a few days- literally a few days- you lose your taste for it. That grease from McDonald’s no longer calls your name and that ice cream is easily skipped at the grocery store, and you know why? Because you aren’t supposed to eat these things. They don’t belong in you, and if you stay away and “detox” (I hate that word) your body will no longer crave it- no more salty cravings, no more sugary cravings, but you will crave healthy nutritious foods. Because that’s what your body wants. That’s what causes your body to run properly, giving you tons of energy, and, well hello, causes your metabolism to kick it into high gear.
2.) Live Food, Live Body
So what do you eat? If it comes in a box or has an ingredient label with more than 3 ingredients, it’s not clean. Clean means simple and appears as it would in nature. Clean means REAL FOOD. Go raw. Stay away from low-fat, low-sugar and low-carb foods- they are processed and pumped full of sodium to taste something close to something edible. To put it simply- lean protein, whole grains, fruits and veggies with very little healthy fats. Plain and simple. Each meal.
3.) The more color the better
When I look at my plate, I don’t look at portion sizes or count the calories- I look at the colors. The more colors the better. Color means nutrients. Color means healthy and fresh. Color means fruits and veggies. As a general rule: BEIGE IS BAD. Beige means processed breads, pastas and rice and cheese, butter, peanut butter and sugar (this, of course, excludes whole grains.) The brighter, the better, and freebie! Eat as many raw fruits and veggies as you want.
4.) Watch the Extras
If it’s not worth it, it’s not worth it. Don’t add things for the sake of adding them to your meal. The extras are what really get you. Even if you are eating healthy, little extras can quickly turn a clean meal dirty. Low-fat dressing for your fresh spinach salad just covered those powerhouse greens in chemicals and artificial junk. Olive oil based dressings may be higher in calories, but that healthy oil will do more for your heart, your satiety level and the shape of your ass than the chemical version. If you like cheese, eat the good stuff, not the processed low fat stuff that won’t satisfy you. The only way you can really control what you eat is to make it yourself, so COOK.
If you make a point to eat clean most of the time, when party foods or margaritas are shoved under your nose, you don’t have to feel bad about saying yes- every once in a while. It’s just food, folks. It is fuel for your body to do the things you love, it shouldn’t rule your life.
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