3 Tips to Kick Start Your Clean Eating Lifestyle May 10, 2016 08:55
You realise that your eating habits are not as good as they should be, and that you want to start eating better.
Great, that's a start!
But where do you begin?
Starting to a eat better does not come easy as old habits are hard to break.
Here are 3 tips to help you get started on a clean eating lifestyle.
Have guiding rules
It's important to have simple basic guidelines of clean eating.
The simpler the guidelines, the easier for you to follow them. These work for us:
- Low GI carbs if possible
- Reduce empty calories (soft drinks, alcohol)
- Consume healthy fats
Include meals that contain vegetables and low GI whole grains. Increase your protein intake to compensate for your reduced carb intake.
If you're used to having sodas or alcohol, rather than eliminating them completely, try to reduce the number you consume each time. Work your way slowly down. This is much easier to sustain.
Pay attention to they type of fats you consume; opt for healthy Omega 3 or 6 fats that come from olive oil or nuts.
Do it for the right reasons
Why do you wish to change your eating habits?
The clearer your reason, the more likely you are to succeed.
Valid internally motivated reasons compared to external motivations are much more likely to stay with you when the going gets tough.
For example, are you setting a good example for your kids? Do you wish to feel better about yourself by eating whole, unprocessed foods?
These are more sustainable reasons than if you were following your friends who are trying to lose weight.
Getting into a new eating routine is a huge change, so give yourself time to change rather than expect to be able to adapt immediately.
Start by making small steps to accommodate a clean eating lifestyle.
Do you have favourite recipes?
Use those as a starting point by switching to more healthy variations.
Most clean eating habits are also linked to weight loss motivations; this is another aspect where patience is crucial.
Your weight isn't going to fly off your body, because clean eating isn't about starving yourself, instead you may be eating the same number of meals, with a similar number of calories.
However, consuming macro-nutrients like low-GI grains, lean protein and high-fibre foods, you will start to lose weight.
Just don't expect it immediately.
Completely eliminating unhealthy kind of food after getting used to it is a big step.
It is why most people encounter difficulties when starting on a clean eating lifestyle.
Keep in mind though that it is all for a good cause and that ultimately, it is about your health and making it great if not perfect.