Clean Eating Part 2

To ease into the clean eating lifestyle gradually.....

If you find it difficult to get started on some type of eating regimen, and you would much rather a slower approach try gradually introducing it into your lifestyle.

Try to incorporate one single clean eating change at a time and make it a consistent habit before moving to the next change. It is essential to make it a consistent habit before incorporating the next change. It is also essential for you to record you progress by tracking your food intake daily.

  1. Try to start by developing a pattern of eating 5 - 6 small meals a day spaced at least 2 - 3 hours apart from the time you awaken, until the time you go to bed. Even if your main meals may consist of Wendy's or what you may see as "unhealthy". Make this a consistent pattern before moving along to the next step.
  2. Proceed to try to start making your meals filled with more quality foods, and to make it more gradual, you may want to start with choosing more quality proteins, then move to the starchy carbohydrates, then finally the fibrous carbohydrates,
    then fats using the examples found in the table above.  So in other words, you are cleaning up one macronutrient (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) at a time.

More Tips...

  • Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day, which automatically sets you up for the next bullet point
  • Aim to eat every 2 - 3 hours
  • Drink plenty of water (80 - 100 ounces daily)
  • Snack on fresh produce (with a protein)
  • Eat protein at each snack/meal
  • Avoid processed foods and fast foods
  • Get in your daily fiber
  • Watch your portions
  • Plan and pre-prepare your food
  • Limit alcohol to no more than 2 - 3 drinks/week (4 oz each) if at all
  • Avoid simple sugars
  • Minimize saturated fats
  • Eliminate hydrogenated fats

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