I have blogged about eating clean before, however I didn't stay on track very long, only 2 1/2 months between the two pregnancies. I let getting pregnant be an excuse to not be healthy. Which now that I am thinking about it, what a strange way to think, considering I am growing another human. This is the BEST time to be healthy. Well, no point crying over wasted time. I can take the last 2 months and re introduce my body to eating clean again.
I know that when I have my son, I am NOT going to like the number on the scale. Yes yes yes, I just had a baby, however if I had been diligent before my post baby weight would be lower. But once again it is what it is. I am looking forward to transitioning to clean eating that way while nursing and recovering from pregnancy those first 6 weeks I will be feeding my body and baby the best way possible.
I am planing to meet the lady who popularized The Eat Clean Diet, Tosca Reno tomorrow in Dallas.
This lifestyle shift will have an impact on my Tasty Tuesdays, except I will have a few Holiday favorites that I only enjoy on Christmas and WILL NOT make them clean! Hehehe Then there will be some that I will make "cleaner".
So, my readers who are passionate about this too, looking forward to joining in your success. To my readers who aren't passionate about this, I will not be making my blog my journey ( I may create a new one just for that) and I will try not to bore you!
Just a few great tips from Tosca's new book Your Best Body Now
- Eliminate sweets from your diet: Candies, cakes, cookies are some of the obvious ones, but beware of hidden sugar like; processed peanut butter, sweetened yogurt, pre-made granola, canned fruit in syrup fruit juice, protein bars and canned soups and sauces
- Replace irregular snacking with small healthy meals: Chips, crackers and other crunchy treats are often used as a way to relieve stress or anxiety. Opt for smarter options like unsalted nuts, air popcorn, fruits and veggies.
- Switch out white carbs for brown: Healthy carbohydrates are whole grains including brown rice, whole-wheat pastas and 100% whole-wheat breads
- Mix your protein sources: Don't just rely on the meats for protein, there are many vegetable-based proteins including soy foods( soy milk, edamame, or tofu) and quinoa. Also low-fat dairy such as yogurt or skim milk, and egg whites.
- Rethink your condiments: Instead of mayo, try, low-fat hummus, goat cheese, avocado, fresh tomato, salsa and lemon juice. (this one is hard for me!)
- Add punch to your water: Such as citrus slices, it can help you get down those recommended 64oz of water daily.
- Use flavor boosters to improve taste: Clean eating doesn't have to be boring. Some great nonfat condiments that heighten taste: fresh and dried herbs, horseradish, garlic, mustards, ginger, no-sugar added cranberry sauce, vinegars, Worcestershire sauce, citrus fruit, freshly made salsa, pureed fruit-and-vegetable sauces unsweetened apple butter or sauce, Bragg's All Purpose Seasoning and low-sodium soy sauce
These are some great starting points that I am using to start my new way of eating.
Are you making changes to your health? How? Why?