Top 15 clean and delicious tips for anybody who is beginning to eating better or wanting to work more healthy habits into their diet or into their lifestyle for me when I first began to stop dieting and really commit to eating better for the long term.
I used clean eating as my guideline which is where clean and delicious came from so my definition of eating healthy and clean is simply this eating real whole unprocessed foods as close to their natural state as possible.
Most of the time so eating foods like vegetables fruits healthy sources of carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and grains high-quality sources of protein and healthy fats like avocados nuts and seeds.
One of the most important pieces of this process is realizing that it’s not about jumping on a fad diet or on to the next health craze it’s really about making a long-term commitment to a lifestyle shift for yourself this way.
You are not feeling like you are victim to mood swings and cravings that come with eating a lot of highly processed nutrient Void foods which brings me to my very first tip allow yourself to be on their journey.
when you are a beginner adapting new lifestyle changes and habits you have to give yourself a little bit of space to figure it out don’t feel like you need to do everything at once and everything at the same time.
You don’t need to have all your food perfectly meal prepped and you don’t need to stop eating all of your favorites this is going to be a process of learning how to do things a new way and that’s gonna take a little bit of time.
So if you notice your brain wanting to go to that all-or-nothing style of thinking just recognize that that isbdiet mentality and that it doesn’t work what you want to do is give yourself a little bit of permission to slow down.
Create some space and learn number two healthy eating does not and is not supposed to look the same for everyone you can be a healthy eater and be a vegan you can be a vegetarian you can be a meat-eater you can be a weightlifter.
You can be a yogi you can eat two times a day you can eat six times a day and you will also notice that your lifestyle will affect the type of healthy diet you’re eating so for example a young student versus a working mom of two with a family versus a young professional.
Right all of these people can eat healthy diets and you will see that their plates look very different based on the style of their day in the style of their life right so there’s no hard fast rule here other than that simple tie-in that we are eating real whole unprocessed foods as close to their natural state as possible most of the time and we are enjoying the food that we choose number three cook as often as you can making your own food is one of the easiest ways to eat better.
Because you are in charge of all of your ingredients so you know exactly what you’re working with and here’s the deal that doesn’t mean that you have to cook every single thing you eat just trying to get into the habit of cooking more than you don’t and technically my friends that is only 51% of the time number 4 focus on quality over calories now.
I have noticed for many people definitely I’ve noticed this for myself when you are focused on counting calories you tend to get caught up in feelings of restriction and deprivation and that is because when the brain gets to work trying to stay under or at a certain amount of calories.
What it tends to do is pay attention to what it can’t have or what it needs to be restricting or what it needs to be eliminating and those thoughts that thought process creates the feeling of deprivation now.
If you switch your focus to quality the brain starts looking for things that it can add into the diet and all of a sudden food becomes a whole new playground and it’s fun and its creative again and so not only does it feel good but it tastes good number five what grows together goes together.
When you buy foods that are in and of the same season they automatically taste good together because Mother Nature has our back so in case you’ve never noticed things like Brussels sprouts and grapes butternut squash and cranberries berries and basil these foods all grow in the same season and they all taste amazing together.
Which is really good to know because it takes a lot of guesswork out of your cooking so a great way to have a little bit of fun with this is maybe when you go to the grocery store you pick up one to two new ingredients each week and experiment with it in your kitchen try a new method of cooking it taste test a little see if you can find some new favorites.