Like I said before... Everyone has their own view of what they consider "eating clean". Some people will be more strict than others depending on their goals (which is fine). You need to find out what works for you and your body. As long as you are making healthier choices for you and your family - you are moving in the right direction.
So lets get started!
Take Inventory and CLEAR out the kitchen: If you seriously want to succeed you have to rid youself of all the things that have been holding you back. Take note of what you have and what you needs to leave. If your like me just donate or giveaway what you can and toss the rest. When you remove all the unhealthy processed foods in your home it will make it easier to stick with your clean diet! Always ensure you read up on the labels too. Any ingredients listed that you can’t pronounce, get rid of it!
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN: Eating clean is much easier when you are prepared. Consider pre-planning your meals for the week, you can use the weekly meal planner to do this! I like to do my meal planning for the week on Friday, that way when I go shopping on the weekend I have a list in hand for all the meal I plan on making for that week. Never do your shopping without a LIST!
DON’T COMPLICATE IT: You don’t have to be a chef, spend a TON of money, or go on the hunt for specialty ingredients. Stick with the basics when you are starting out! I know when I first started I found a few basic that I liked. Chicken, brown rice, and steamed veggies were a staple… and they still are! Stick with what you know you like and use the weekend to test a new recipe!
STOCK UP ON PRODUCE: Start your list and fill up on nourishing & super clean foods. Remember to stock a ton of fresh fruit & vegetables, whole grains and lean cuts of chicken breast or fish for your fridge. Also, don’t disregard frozen vegies or fruit. They are a great money saver and the frozen fruit are ideal for making smoothies! Snag some healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day too. Raw nuts are a great option to keep stocked in your pantry or in your handbag. By sticking to your list, it will help keep you focused and less likely to stock your cart with unnecessary packets of chips and cookies.
START A "PREP" DAY: I like to do this on a Sunday. It's a great day to sit down with your meal planner and cook, cut, and sort all of your meals and snacks for the week. Get yourself some good containers and start making your lunch. When your work week starts you will have everything ready to go! This also works great for us stay at home moms, it's so much easier to have everything there and ready to go! Prepping will make your life so much easier by limiting your cooking time during the week.
TAKE BABY STEPS: Clean eating for some may be a slight tweak in their everyday eating routine, or for other’s a total lifestyle overhaul. No matter what category you fall under, just remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. creating new habits take time, consistency, and effort. If you slip up – don’t worry. Just make your next meal is super clean!
I challenge you to plan and PREP your first full week of eating clean! CLICK here if you want more details on my clean eating meal planner!