Friday, April 11, 2014

How To: Eat Clean!

Actually, I should probably title that "How to: SUCK IT UP and Eat Clean" as that is what my problem has always been. Yes, I know, a Dietitian has trouble eating clean? You bet. I'm just like everyone else...French fries are my love, and a salad seems pretty boring. Ice cream? Only if its mint chocolate chip and has 4 scoops. So, how do you suck it up and just eat clean? 
Here are my tips:
  • Don't start until you know you're ready - I haven't been ready to pass up on eating meals out and French fries before. But now I am. And that, my friends, has made all the difference.
  • Once you commit, COMMIT! - That's right, no more of these eating healthy during the workdays then gorging yourself on goldfish crackers at night (yes, I've done that...I bet you have too). Eat clean and healthy at work and keep the momentum going when you get home! Grab an apple and get out of the kitchen! Or, change into your running shoes and head out the door right away. I promise, if you're not around it you're not tempted. 
  • EAT CARBS! - This has been one of my biggest struggles, because I know low carb dieting leads to fast weight loss..however, it also leads to an insanely cranky Jess. So, I gave that up. I'm eating clean which includes fruit, bread and wraps (before 4pm).
  • Don't get discouraged - Once you hit day 3, you won't miss a thing about unhealthy eating. You'll have more energy and feel better in your skin. PROMISE!
  • Know that you are not going to die. - Enough said.
  • Find a buddy!! Mine is actually a group of insanely inspiring women doing the 21 Day Fix with me! We have a group on Facebook where we check in with each other every day.
  • Plan out your week - meal by meal. This is another one that you don't believe until you actually try it. As soon as I started to write down what I was having at which meal, all that guess work just disappeared. Without the guessing, you're less likely to slip up and make unhealthy choices.
So there you have it. Tips on how to eat clean and healthy.


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