People tend to get overwhelmed by eating clean, and after a while they give up and never eat another banana again…okay maybe not that extreme. However, I am here to show you just how important it is to nourish your body with healthy food, and just how tasty it can be!
First off, I want to share with you that eating healthy is NOT a diet, it is simply a lifestyle. It is something that you live by; it’s your code, your principles. But, I bet you are wondering how to begin? Here are some words from a good friend, Noemi Vanslike, who lives by the code of eating healthy.
“I believe that being healthy is 90% diet and 10% exercise. A lot of people have told me how they “just workout so they can eat whatever they want,” when in fact this is a misconception. While it may be possible to work off the amount of calories you’re eating with heavy exercise, this is not a healthy way to treat you’re body. You are still putting in junk foods made with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and refined and highly processed carbohydrates–this just makes it harder for you to exercise efficiently because you’re body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs.
Quick Tips From Noemi:
1. Carbs/Grains: Contrary to popular belief, cutting out all carbs is NOT a healthy way to lose or maintain your weight. Great sources are starchy vegetables, rice, and quinoa.
2. Vegetables and fruits: learn to love them because they are amazing–the more colorful you’re plate is the better. Fruit also makes a great desert.
3. Good fats ARE good: Avocados have fat, olive oil, coconut oil, and even butter all have healthy fats and oils that your body needs.
4. Limit the processed foods: You may not notice it right away. It may even take several weeks or months but after your body adjusts to a cleaner diet, it will thank you (1000x)! However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t eat your favorite junk foods every once in a while.
5. Workout, but don’t rely on it to shape you’re ideal body. Eating healthy and “clean” is the best way to transform your body for the better. You will notice that you have more energy, get sick less often, and even have clearer skin.
P.S. If you want to support the environment and local farmers, buy foods that are grown locally, that are fair-trade and sustainably farmed, and organic. Help out those cute little animals!Like Noemi said, what you eat is vastly important to your health. Here are some more quick tips that I use within my daily diet:
Quick Tips From Sav:
1. LIMIT BREAD: Bread turns into sugar in your body, and unfortunately not the good kind. Bread is not the most nutritious choice, but here are some alternatives.
- Alternatives: Bananas, sweet potatoes, plantain chips
2. TOSS THE SUGAR: Refined sugar has no nutritious value, and can often be referred to as “empty calories”.
- Alternatives: Fruit, dark chocolate (natural no added sweetener), honey, agave syrup, maplesyrup
3. EAT PROTIEN: Protien sustains you. You will stay full and satisfied for longer if you eat protein.
- Examples: Chicken, beans, almond butter, peanut butter, assorted nuts, fish, hummus
4. KEEP A POSITIVE MIND: Remember that having a positive mind about food is what it takes to keep eating healthy. Eat foods that you enjoy so that it becomes a habit to eat this way!
Examples: Yummy salads, yogurt, nuts, chicken, fruit, veggies