6 Easy Steps to
Looks like it’s time for the Diva to make some changes in my life and how I eat. So I have developed the steps that I am currently taking to change my habits and start eating clean. If you are like me and you’ve made the decision to eat clean, you are taking a positive step in the right direction for your health. Why am I doing this when I am not sickly or ill? I am trying to prevent future illnesses and the best way to do that is to start now while I am healthy.
On a day to day basis, we know that the foods we eat are incredibly useful for good health. We use these foods to fuel our bodies and to give us the energy to get through our day. We even eat certain foods for disease prevention. Add our current knowledge of food to clean eating and we know that, eating clean ensures you have the best shot at a good, healthy life. So how can we take advantage of this shot? What can we do?
Here are six easy steps to eating clean:
- Step 1 – Make the decision to eat clean after fully researching and understanding what that means. One of my favorite books on Eating Clean is available on Amazon, it’s called: Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body. There is a lot of valuable information in this book and I recommend you pick it up.
- Step 2 – Create a new shopping list. Reduce the processed foods you eat each day, avoid things that are frozen, in a box, or in a can. Do the bulk of your shopping on the outer ring of the grocery store where the fresh foods are i.e. Stay out of the aisles, that’s where they hid all the cakes, cookies, and sugar at.
- Step 3 – Reduce the sodium in your diet. Sodium is in practically everything we eat, but processed foods contain a high level of it. The more you cut sodium out of your diet, the better you will look & feel. While reducing the sodium, be sure to increase your water intake. Water is an important element in cleansing your body of the toxins we take in daily.
- Step 4 – Talk to your close friends and family about it. When people understand that you are making a life change like this, they will be more capable of supporting of you. It’s not required to lecture others or make them feel bad for their life choices to simply tell them you’ve made this healthier choice for your own life. You never know, someone close to you may be contemplating the same lifestyle change as you, and you guys may be able to become accountability partners.
- Step 5 – Plan your meals. The one thing that will inevitably happen is you are stuck on a busy day, in a pinch, or some other situation where you did not plan ahead and you won’t be able to get to the clean foods you’re used to eating. You might break from your meal plan or grab fast food because you’re starving, or because nothing better is available. Planning your meals prevents this from happening to you, at least most of the time. You can pack your lunches for work, and even plan outings around your diet. You can also meal prep on the weekends so that you always have clean, healthy food available to you during the week when you are busy. For those of us who are always on the go, investing in meal prep containers will prove to be useful along this journey. HERE are some to check out.
- Step 6 – Don’t give up. The most important thing to remember is not to give up. It can feel tough at times when others around you are just eating anything they want, or when you are tempted to eat some of the same junk foods you ate before but if you stick to it, you’ll feel better and you’ll be glad you did.
I want to point out AGAIN that STEP 6 is the absolute most IMPORTANT step of this entire process. We don’t always see the results right away so we easily get discouraged and quit. I want you to repeat after me…NOT TODAY SATAN. Every time you see your favorite chocolate cake or you feel like quitting that’s exactly what I want you to say “Not Today Satan”. I know you are laughing at me, but you will be laughing all the way to a healthier lifestyle.
Now that we both have a clear plan for eating clean, are you ready to get started? Keep in mind that it’s not easy to go 100% clean on short notice, we both may have to take baby steps. Most people spend time planning, reducing certain types of foods and replacing them with healthier versions. So it’s okay if you start out by only eating clean 50% of the time because that’s 50% healthier. Just don’t lose sight of our ultimate goal which is to eat clean 100% of the time and not give up. Now that you have the Steps to Clean Eating, are you ready?