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!
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.
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)
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!
My favorite snacks are rice cakes with an avocado spread, veggies and hummus, apple and almond butter, or a hundful of nuts!
I can go into a whole spiel on this, but you guys get it. Water does the body good.
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!
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
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!
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.
Have cake every once and awhile and enjoy it. Life is too short 🙂
Photography by Vanessa Granda