Hello divas! I hope that your week has gone well and that you are making plans for the upcoming weekend. The weather has been hot here in Tennessee so I have been staying indoors a lot this week. It’s just so hard to do things outdoors when you can’t breathe due to heat and humidity.
One thing I am super thrilled about is that the new fitness program from Beachbody, Shift Shop, was released on the on demand platform yesterday. It’s a 21 day program that will hopefully help jumpstart my fitness and nutrition a bit here in the hot summer months. Needless to say I have been planning and prepping so I can begin day 1 today.
One of the best things about the nutrition plan for any of my Beachbody programs is that it is based on clean eating. I always try my hardest to eat as clean as possible because I want my body to function the way it is supposed to and I really am not thrilled with putting crap in my body if I can help it. While I will be following the Shift Shop nutrition plan the next 21 days (follow me on social media to see my progress), there are some simple clean eating tips that anyone can begin to make a change in their diet.
Eat more often. This is something that has helped me out – a lot. I am eating three meals a day with 2-3 snacks. This can help keep your metabolism working and ensure that you will not get hungry and be tempted to visit the vending machine.
Avoid processed and refined foods. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it is probably not something you want in your body.
Read the labels. You may be surprised what is in some of your favorite foods and just how big (or small) your portion size actually is (my Portion Fix/21 Day Fix containers have helped me SO MUCH with this!). Odds are you are consuming more calories than you thought. You may also be surprised as to what ingredients are actually in your “healthy” foods. It’s important to keep yourself educated as to what is going into your body.
Eat whole foods. This means consuming more fruits, veggies and whole wheat breads, grains and pastas.
Drink lots of water. Lots of it. Sometimes I will eat when I really am just a bit thirsty. This helps to stay hydrated and to flush out the body.
Eat breakfast every day. Try to eat within 1 hour of waking up. This will jump start your day and get your body up and going. Be sure to include protein.
Cook at home. This allows you to not only know exactly what you are putting in your body but you can also prepare leftovers to take to work for lunch.
Eat organic when possible. There are so many foods out there that pesticides and chemicals are used on, that eating organic is a good idea. I know this can be difficult for some due to budgets (we don’t eat organic as much as we would like either). I like to try for some of the produce first then move on to other items.
Eat healthy fats daily. Make sure you are getting those essential fatty acids in your diet. Some examples of this include avocado (check out my blueberry avocado muffins), hummus, and nuts.
Eat lean protein sources. Avoid the fatty meats and stick to lean cuts. Chicken, Turkey, Venison (deer), white fish are good options.
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More Healthy Living Tips:
- Healthy Living Tips from the Dog
- Eat Healthy When Eating Out
- Healthy Snacking
- Naturally Control Your Appetite
- Why You Should Plan Your Meals