Set yourself up for weight loss and healthy living success
How are things coming along with your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthy? Are you still on track or have you veered off course? According to Statistic Brain, only 46% of us will still be sticking with our New Year’s resolution after 6 months. This means if you have lost sight of the goal, you aren’t alone, and there’s no rule that says you can’t dust yourself off and start over. If you need a little help to get back on track, consider incorporating clean eating into your lifestyle.
You may be wondering “what exactly is clean eating?” According to Clean Eating Magazine, it is “consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.” Again, just to emphasize, clean eating is not a fad or a new fangled diet – it’s a lifestyle. This lifestyle approach is not for the Cheetos loving person since processed or refined foods need to be omitted. A hearty helping of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates with each meal is advisable.
If a clean eating lifestyle sounds like it might be right for you, below are five tips to putting together a clean eating grocery list. When you first get started with clean eating, a trip to the store can be challenging because so many foods are processed or refined. Use the advice in this article to successfully put together a clean eating grocery list that will ensure your cravings and nutritional needs are satisfied.
5 Clean Eating Grocery List Tips
Get informed – Learn as much about cleaning eating as possible so you are aware of all the delicious and nutritious food options available to you. This involves becoming label savvy. Since most clean foods contain only one or two ingredients, you can quickly and easily identify what should and should not make your clean eating grocery list.
Bonus Tip: Use the Internet for research. When creating your clean eating grocery list, look up products online. Many companies publish nutritional information online so you can see a food item’s label before you get to the store.
Focus on what you can eat – It’s important to keep reminding yourself that clean eating is not a diet. Too often, when on a diet, we focus on everything we shouldn’t be putting in our mouths instead of focusing on the things we can eat. However, since clean eating is a commitment versus a diet your going to abandon as soon as you hit your goal, stop thinking about what you can’t eat. Fill your clean eating grocery list with the delicious foods available to you.
Retrain your brain – Teach your brain to love and enjoy new foods. Once you do that, your clean eating grocery list won’t seem like such a deprivation. Here are tips on how to retrain your brain.
Recognize how good you feel – If you acknowledge how good you feel once you start clean eating you’re more likely to stay motivated and stick with it. One thing you can do is jot down a few notes about how you feel before you start clean eating. Do you feel sluggish in the morning? How about bloated? Do you get headaches when you don’t get your caffeine or sugar fix? Document those things and then once you’ve been clean eating for a week, two weeks, and a month write down any differences.
Allow yourself cheat days – Give yourself a little leeway with your clean eating grocery list – especially in the beginning. Switching over to clean eating cold turkey can be a challenge so start small and work up to it.
Clean eating can be a great way to jumpstart your new healthy lifestyle. However, when you first get started with clean eating it can be a little intimidating. You may find that you have to give up some of your favorite foods. Use the tips in this article to build a successful and satisfying clean eating grocery list.