5 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Diet

5 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Diet

Many of the foods we all eat are processed. Although most of us know these can contain chemicals that are not good for us, they can be very tasty and convenient. However, there is a trend moving towards eating fresh foods as these processed ones get worse and worse publicity. Even governments are saying they should alter ingredients to make them healthier, the UK for instance, insisting that the amounts of sugar and salt in processed foods is reduced by half. It’s becoming more common to clean up your diet.

Eating fresher foods can help you to lose weight, but even more importantly, they reduce the risk of you developing diabetes, cancer or heart problems, so that you can live your healthiest possible life. It can be difficult to suddenly change your diet totally and often is not sustainable., However, you can change a few things at a time, and if you aim for a diet that is 80% better than you are currently eating, you will still have room for the occasional treat. Balance, right?!

Start With The Easy Things

Some things are easier than others to replace. You could begin by replacing soda drinks such as coke with water. If you need flavor, add a few slices of a citrus fruit such as lemon, orange or lime or even better, buy cucumber flavored water that’s ready whenever you need it. You will find this just a refreshing and the extra water in your diet is very good for you. Soda drinks have a lot of preservatives and sugar in them, and they are best avoided. Achieving this is a huge step towards making your diet healthier.

Another easy thing to swap is white processed bread for wholegrain brown bread. This is tastier and much better for you. The same applies if you buy pasta. The whole grains ones are more natural and better for you.

5 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Diet

Consider Your Favorite Foods

If you’re a meat eater, avoid processed meats such as burgers and sausages.  Often, these do not have much actual meat in them at all and are filled out with other things to give them a longer shelf life. If you want meat, find a local butcher and buy it fresh. This does not mean you can never have a burger again. You can make your own and then you will know exactly what is in them.

Buy fresh whole chicken rather than portions that have been skinned, as the chicken breasts or legs you buy often have chemicals added to them to bulk them out, and these are not good for you.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, find the organic fruit and vegetables, so that you are not digesting the pesticides used on these things. In fact, we should all do that.

Read The Labels

Manufacturers have to put the ingredients of food on the labels and make sure you read these before you buy. If they do not show the actual amount of each ingredient, they have to list them in the order of the largest first. If you read the label and there are a dozen or more ingredients, there’s a good chance that they include some of the things that should be avoided, such as artificial flavors, colors, stabilizers, preservatives, and excessive amounts of fat, salt, and sugar. They may give them a fancy name, but that does not change what they are.

If you want to purchase some processed, opt for the things that have the fewest ingredients, five or less if possible. The likelihood of the toxins reduces greatly when there are not so many ingredients in the food.

Allow Yourself The Time

If you’re used to eating a lot of salty or sugary foods, a sudden change can be too drastic. This means you’ll probably revert to your old ways. Do it gradually, for example, by mixing white and brown rice together until you become accustomed to the taste. Over a few weeks, decrease the amount of white rice and you will find your taste buds will adjust. You can do this with lots of foods, and research has shown it can take up to 12 weeks for your tastes to alter.

Allow yourself the time, and do not give up if it takes a little longer than you hoped.

Discover The Pleasure Of Fresh Foods

You only have to go back a couple of generations to find the time when foods were fresh, and you could only get some of them when they were in season. In those days, processed probably meant it was frozen or in a can, and nothing much was added. There were more local shops. You went to the butchers for your meat, the greengrocers for your fruit and veg and the bakery for your bread. Foods did not have ‘use by’ dates because everyone knew you had to use them as soon as you could.

Clean Up Your Diet

More people are turning back the clock where their diet is concerned. As a result, they’re feeling healthier and more alert because of it. If you want to clean up your diet, making these simple changes can make all the difference. 

If you’re ready to clean up your diet and need coaching towards a healthier lifestyle, I’d love to chat and see how I can help you reach your goals. Fill out this quick form or email me at laura@nauandforever.com.

 

6 delicious low carb alternatives

6 Delicious Low Carb Alternatives

Raise your hand if you have a love/hate relationship with carbs!

I love how they taste, but I hate what they do to my body.

Carbs are in a lot of the foods that we love. They are important to our health because they provide energy for our bodies. The simple carbs, like white flour and breads, turn into sugar very quickly and can cause spikes in blood sugar. You feel the energy, then you feel the crash.

6 delicious low carb alternatives

Let’s Talk Low Carb Alternatives

Now, I don’t eliminate them from my diet, but I am always looking for healthier substitutes. If I want a big cheeseburger and fries, I’ll have it, but not everyday. If you follow a low-carb diet or just want to know some healthy alternatives, check out this list of my six  favorite low-carb substitutes!

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1) Cauliflower

Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable and is one of the best carb alternatives. A few things that you can make with cauliflower include:

  • pizza crust
  • mashed “potatoes”
  • macaroni and cheese
  • cauliflower “steaks”
  • tots
  • cauliflower alfredo

The list goes on. You can buy cauliflower rice to use in recipes or make it yourself. I always have frozen steamable bags of cauliflower rice in the freezer. My favorite recipe with cauliflower rice is crazy simple!

6 delicious low carb alternatives

2) Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to carb filled pasta. You can cook the spaghetti squash and then scrape out the insides and voila, you have pasta. I used to use the oven until I got a pressure cooker

3) Zucchini

There are many recipes that you can make using zucchini instead of bread or potatoes. Zucchini fries, zoodles, fritters, and chips are just a few of the low carb options.

4) Mushrooms

I love mushrooms! They are so hearty and a great addition to most meals. You can get the big mushroom caps and use them as bread replacements for burgers.

5) Eggplant

Eggplants make another great bread alternative as well as pasta replacement in lasagna.

6) Oatmeal

Oatmeal makes one of the best low carb alternatives. Whole grain oatmeal contains fiber and protein to keep you hungry longer. Oatmeal doesn’t just have to be cooked on the stove. You can use it in smoothies, pancakes, and granola. If you want a big bowl of carbs, consider oatmeal.

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The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

 The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook Review

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I had every intention of starting my cleaning eating lifestyle at the beginning of this month. I normally eat and feed my family very well, but after a pregnancy in which I couldn’t stand greens to the holidays and follow that with the flu, I have had some trouble getting back into the rhythm of things.

I love to eat, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time meal planning and Pinteresting (is that a word?) recipes.

My mom LOVES cookbooks. I have no idea how many dozens and dozens of cookbooks she has. I have several myself, but I don’t open them up. They just collect dust. Sounds super lazy, right?

I have, however, found an incredible e cookbook (there is also a paperback option) that I downloaded so I can just look at it on my phone, because, again, lazy lol (yet convenient). Enter: The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook. (Purchase here.)

There are so many great recipes that I can’t wait to try and trust me, I will be sharing pictures of those on my Instagram, so make sure that you follow me to see them!

Anyone else in desperate need of a sugar detox? This girl! I’ll be starting one  tomorrow, along with a new workout program. I have been having some serious sweets cravings! I want a milkshake. And hey, it is 53 degrees here in Indiana, so hello, heat wave!

I decided to check out this new cookbook and see what I could make to satisfy these cravings without giving in to temptation. I decided to try the Peanut Butter Banana Date Shake because I knew the girls would love it too! Bonus: I already had all the ingredients on hand so it’s a win-win.

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This shake was so yummy! It uses dates which is an awesome all-natural sugar substitute.

The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook has 75 recipes with 10 ingredients or less. All recipes contain 100% all-natural, whole foods. The author also adds nutritional facts for those who count calories.

There are so many recipes I want to try. I just need to pick up a few ingredients. She has a Nutella-like recipe that I want to make RIGHT NOW! I will definitely be incorporating some of these into my meal planning.

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