hey guys, today I am sharing my top clean and delicious tips for anybody who is beginning to eat better or wanting to work more healthy habits into their diet or into their lifestyle.
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: It is simply this eating real whole unprocessed foods. These are as close to their natural state as possible most of the time so eating foods. Like vegetable 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 comes with eating a lot of highly processed nutrient.
Void foods which bring 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 is diet 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.
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.
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. 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. We are enjoying the food that we choose.
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. 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.
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. 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 restricted, or what it needs to be eliminating. Those thoughts that thought process creates a feeling of deprivation. Now if you switch your focus to quality. The brain starts looking for things that it can add to the diet. All of a sudden food becomes a whole new playground. It's fun. It’s creative again. Not only does it feel good but it tastes good.
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 tastes test a little see if you can find some new favorites. This is why I've created my ingredient 101 series. I don't want you guys to feel overwhelmed or intimidated by trying new ingredients. So if you feel like you need a little extra help make sure to reference that playlist. I will definitely leave a link down in the description box below if you think that would be helpful to check out and one last thought and good thing. To keep in mind is that when ingredients are eaten in the season. They grow in them both have better flavor and a higher nutritional value. So it really truly is a win-win to eat with the seasons.