The First Steps To A Clean Eating For Busy Moms!
I know it can be confusing with all the diet information out there I don´t blame you! let me break it for you into steps so you can start your clean eating mama!
The idea of clean eating is to choose foods as close to the source as possible and consuming them in their natural form.
And you know what ? This is not time consuming as we want to keep our Menu loaded with fresh foods. So good news for us that don’t really like to cook that much ( Yes I am one of them ).
Maybe you are pregnant or just got into post-pregnancy, it´s never too early to start on the clean eating habit. Just make sure you are getting enough nutrients and that you are eating well if you are pregnant or if you are a breast feeding mama.
1. Make a habit of reading labels.
It can be wearisome to read all labels but with time you will be an expert of what to pick and what to not eat. For starts keep it a rule: if you cannot pronounce the word and you are unfamiliar with it, you would most likely not fancy of putting it into your body. Try to obtain most of your nutrition from foods that do not include complicated labels. I’m talking about avocado, sweet potato quinoa, brown rice, almond butter, rice cakes, fruits, vegetables, things like that.
2. Cut down the processed foods.
Don´t be fooled by the food industry. You know that sugar is addictive and they want you to keep buying their products, therefore, they add sugar into their food along with other chemicals that give longer shelve life. It is necessary to reduce it if you want to see progress.
3. Choose vegetables first.
In order to feel full choose vegetables and water, to ensure you are getting enough nutrients to keep vegetables in most of your meals thru the day. Some vegetables are contain more nutrients when cooked, like tomatoes but most of the vegetables are best eaten raw.
4. Go for complex carbohydrates
These include sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa… They are often rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They take more time to digest, longer for insulin to kick in and will keep you fuller for a longer time.
5. The mixture on your plate.
Don´t keep it too boring. Keep your food with variety and mix it up of lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. Keep it balanced such as egg whites, lean meats, beans, legumes, and vegetables… skip the bread and the wine at least 6 days a week.
6. Do Not Think “All or Nothing”.
I am guilty of it too. If I don’t choose healthy in all my meals in one day, then I might as well just give it up and eat the whole fridge, including the ice cream in my freezer. No! This mentality is wrong! It’s okay if you slip out off of your clean eating plan, you are human! Just watch out the next time.
7. Create a plan that You KNOW you can stick to!
Please don’t over complicate things and set some realistic goals. Do a little every day.
8. Any exercise is good when you are starting out or when you have been on an exercise break.
If you cannot go to the gym or don’t feel like doing your home workout, then taking a walk or dancing can also be a very good exercise, when you are just not in the gym mood.
Let me know in the comments if you are ready to start eating cleaner! Hopefully these steps will help you.