You might be sick of hearing the phrase “clean eating” by now!! But, I’ve found along this fitness and wellness journey, is that the key to my successful weight loss (and keeping it off) was and is not exercising religiously – it is all what I eat! I’ve been following the principles of clean eating (I actually prefer to call it conscious eating and I’ll more into that later) for almost 4 years now.
But, what is clean or conscious eating?
Clean/conscious eating is eating food in its simplest form. Veg, fruit, nuts, “good” fats. Minimal processing, minimal ingredients, not a lot of added sugar. Cooking, prepping and planning more and eating out less, making boxed meals less, etc. You’ll also find that in a lot of cases, you’ll actually save money on certain things by making them yourself!
This change in thinking doesn’t happen overnight and it is best done literally one ingredient, household staple or recipe.
I need to stress that it is not healthy to obsess over the ingredients. When you can choose “clean” – do it. But things like breads and tortillas are hard to find with minimal ingredients simply because they need to stay fresh. Pick the whole grain option, the less sugar added option, etc. We don’t want your mindset swinging the other way to obsession. This is why I prefer the term “conscious eating” over “clean eating”….make the best choices when available, within your budget and time constraints, and you will still improve your health.
Live by the 80/20 rule and you can’t go wrong! 80% of the time choose healthy and 20% indulgences will create a nice balance and a great habit without obsessing or negative relationships with food.
But, will I lose weight just by eating “clean”?
The short answer? Possibly. You’ll like stay fuller longer from fiber-rich food and quality proteins but you’ll still need to be eating the right amount of calories to create the deficit needed for weight loss. The hotly debated “Calories in, calories out” vs “all calories are not created equal” is a topic for another blog post. That said, hopping on My Fitness Pal or a similar app and tracking your food (either briefly for an idea, or longer term) is a great way to find out if you are eating too much for your goals.
Related: How Many Calories Should I Be Eating?
If you would like to join my free clean eating group on Facebook, please email me and I can add you! We share lots of recipes, do mini-challenges and offer tips on meal prep and planning too!
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