How to Maintain a Clean Eating Lifestyle

How to Maintain a Clean Eating Lifestyle

Lou calls winter, “bulking season.” And he’s got a point. When we are dressed in 17 layers of clothes we aren’t necessarily as body conscious as we are when it’s warm. I’m feeling a little bloated? No problem, I’ll just throw on an oversized sweater and call it a day.

This winter our goal is to not fall into the “bulking” of bulking season. We kicked off this season with a cleanse and want to maintain our health and our waistline.

Alyssa and I follow a loose version of clean eating because that’s what’s realistic for us. Here are some tips to maintain that “clean eating lifestyle” while adding in some of your favorite foods and guilty pleasures!

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 1. STICK WITH TEA!

In my case, coffee turns into a skinny latte which turns into a mocha frappuccino. It’s a downward spiral. Teas, especially Matcha Green Tea, will give you a steady, natural energy boost without the crash that coffee gives. When you drink Matcha Tea, you are taking in the entire leaf, which means you are getting 100% of the nutrients and antioxidants.

  2. DONT SHY AWAY FROM A HEARTY MEAL

Eating clean does not mean you need to starve yourself. I always have a hearty lunch, making sure it is packed with protein, veggies and ”good-for-you” grains. My go-to lunch is a Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Quinoa, Chickpeas, Dried Cranberries and Lemon Juice! I also add Pecans if I didn’t already have nuts in my morning smoothie. (I try to keep nuts to a minimum)

  3. HAVE SOUPS OR SMOOTHIES FOR DINNER 

I swear by this. Having a light dinner a few nights a week is what mainly keeps me on track. I try to plan ahead by making a large soup on Sunday night and then freezing it in single portions. It is the best way give your digestive system a break and and keep off those extra lbs!

  4. ALWAYS HAVE CLEAN SNACKS ON HAND 

My favorite snacks are rice cakes with an avocado spread, veggies and hummus, apple and almond butter, or a hundful of nuts!

  5. DRINK WATER!

I can go into a whole spiel on this, but you guys get it. Water does the body good.

  6. GET TO THE GYM!

I know it’s hard in the winter, but you will benefit from any type of exercise! If you have a gym membership just get in the routine of going. Even if you tell yourself you’re only doing 50 sit-ups and then leaving. I guarantee you do more 🙂 Not a gym goer? There are plenty of in-home work outs to do! Stay tuned for our “Fitness Fridays” coming soon!

  7. CONTINUE TAKING SUPPLEMENTS 

Supplements help provide us with what may be lacking in our daily diet. Dr. Junger and The Clean Program suggests you take the following 4 supplements daily. But remember, each person is different. So if you would like more information on what your personal supplement plan should be, please contact a nutritionist or a Clean Program Wellness Coach.

1. FishOil (EPA-DHA)  2.Vitamin D  3. Probiotics  4. Multivitamin

  8. STAY MOTIVATED

It is easy to fall back into old habits. So best thing to do is stay motivated! Follow blogs, instagram and twitter accounts that are all geared towards healthy living! Think of the next event you have that you want to look and feel good for!

  9. MAKE SMART DECISIONS WHEN EATING OUT

Going out to dinner doesn’t have to throw off you’re entire diet. You can always ask your waiter for options like gluten-free pasta, brown rice for sushi, or a bed of lettuce with your burger. Unless you’re really craving the gnocchi, your best option when eating out are dishes like salmon, sea bass, free-range chicken, turkey/veggie burger, or a salad option with dressing on the side. But remember, never feel pressured to eat perfect all the time! So by all means, dig in.

  10. HAVE CAKE 

Have cake every once and awhile and enjoy it. Life is too short 🙂

 

How to Maintain a Clean Eating Lifestyle

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  • Alyssa , thank you ; that was a really great coaching post, so clear and simple. I like it.:)
    I finished 21 days yesterday. Yay!!! Ha! Feel awesome. Enjoy Miami , I lived there for a year and half lots of fun. Try Nikki beach

  • Thank you! I really enjoy your blog. Can I ask you why do you limit nuts. Is there a problem if I do eat alot of nuts. I probably have 2-3 handfulls of raw nuts each day, either pecans or almonds. I love them as a snack or in my salad and I use almond meal in different recipes, so I am wondering if there is a problem with that.
    Thanks again,
    Kathy

    • Hi Kathy,

      There is no problem with nuts! They are just high in calories, so if you’re looking to keep your calorie count down, best thing is to keep nuts to a minimum. They are just so good and easy to eat that sometime we get a little carried away! But 2 or 3 handfuls a day is perfectly fine! Thanks for all your support! We appreciate it 🙂

  • I love this! This just reinforces my own ideas post-cleanse. We have a lot of travel (work and play) this month and I plan to take shakes with me for breakfast and the occasional lunch. Honestly, heavy dinners just don’t “do it” for me anymore. Thanks for the tips:)

  • Just an FYI
    Matcha Green Tea is actually just that a Green Tea, that does contain caffeine, not an Herbal Tea.
    Information below from Wikipedia:
    Herbal Teas or Tisane, is any non-caffeinated beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water.These drinks are distinguished from caffeinated beverages like coffee, mate, kuding, and the true teas (black, green, white, yellow, oolong, etc, which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis), as well as from decaffeinated tea, in which the caffeine has been removed. In addition to serving as a beverage, many tisanes are also consumed for their perceived medicinal benefits.

    • Hi Tess, yes thank you for the correction! Matcha Tea provides a smooth, clean energy without the “crash” effect. This is why we recommend it over coffee!