Today I’m sharing my 8 steps to clean eating – it’s important to break them down and make it easy for yourself, otherwise a lifestyle change is never going to be sustainable. Remember to treat yourself too. Restrictions result in cravings which turn into binges. Indulge in your favourite treats in moderation. Remember, one bad meal doesn’t result in weight gain or a breakout. The guilt surrounding indulgences is far more damaging to your body than enjoying a treat. Listen to your body.
Change one thing each week. In time these small changes will become your way of life. After a year you will be living a completely different life.
Do not clear out your fridge, pantry and cupboards. This may feel symbolic and empowering but it will overwhelm you. When you run out of an item, simply replace it with a healthier option if available.
Crowd out the bad stuff with the good stuff. Being healthy isn’t about restrictions; it’s about creating new habits.
Incorporate a few prep hours into your week for shopping, menu planning and cooking. Your week will flow smoothly and staying healthy will be much easier.
Freeze nutritious home-made meals (soup is great) for emergencies and time poor days. This way, there is no temptation to order take away or eat cheese on toast for dinner.
Store healthy snacks in your pantry or fridge (like bliss balls) to curb cravings. If you have healthy snacks around, you’ll be less tempted to go out and buy the bad stuff.
Ditch the labels. Real food doesn’t come with a label. Vegetables, fruit, meat, wholegrains, beans, legumes, pulses, nuts and seeds are all label free. Counting calories becomes completely unnecessary when your food doesn’t come with labels.
Practice self love. Do the inner work so that you love yourself enough to want to nourish your body with the best available wholefoods.
Do you have any other clean eating tips?