how to eat clean for beginnersLet’s talk about how to eat clean for beginners. I know that it can be super overwhelming when you’re just starting to learn how to eat healthy. You probably have a TON of questions: What should I eat? What shouldn’t I eat? Is this good or bad for me? Is coffee ok? This says it’s gluten free, is that good? What about sugar free? Should I eat paleo or go vegan? 

 

WOAH there. Just woah. And I totally understand the confusion. There is TOO MUCH INFORMATION out there on eating healthy that it can be down right confusing—even for me! And I’ve been studying this stuff for over 10 years now! 

 

I wanted to give you some BASIC tips on how to eat clean for beginners and what it means so you can get started TODAY, without overwhelming yourself. 

 

Because let’s face it, if something is too complicated or overwhelming, it’s hard to stick with. Am I right? I want this to be something you do for LIFE because it feels GOOD!! 

 

Here are some tips that I use myself, and also share with my private coaching clients to help them make small adjustments each week that can lead to a massive overhaul in their health and wellbeing. 

 

My #1 piece of advice for these tips is to take it SLOW. Don’t do all of these things at once. Do one this week (you can even take a month if you need!), and when it starts to feel like a habit, add in another tip. I would rather have you be successful with one of these tips instead of struggling with all of them, or giving up all together.

 

I suggest you print off this post and have a checklist in your calendar, so every time you do something on the list, put an X next to it! You’ll feel accomplished and motivated to keep going! 

 

How-ToEat Clean

 

How-To Eat Clean for Beginners:  

1. Eat your veggies! 

Set a veggie goal for yourself. Not only are veggies amazing for you, they have a ton of fiber in them and if you start your meal with something green, you’ll have less room for junk. You’ll have more energy and feel better!! Make a challenge for yourself to have two veggies at two meals a day. I don’t care if it’s kale, spinach, lettuce (romaine please!), green beans, or broccoli, get them in. Start making your veggies a habit, by either making a green smoothie each day or having a salad before your meal, and over time you’ll want to eat MORE greens! 

 

2. Read your labels.

Ideally, you’ll eat food WITHOUT labels (fruits and veggies!). But I want to be realistic, and I know that if you’re just starting out with your healthy habits, you’re probably buying something from a bag or a box. What I want you to do, is to look at INGREDIENTS, not calories. I used to only look at calories and sugar content, and thought if it was low cal and low sugar, I was good! Definitely not the case! The ingredients in the food you eat should be super simple, and it shouldn’t contain more than 6 different items. If it has a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce, you probably shouldn’t be putting that into your body. 

 

3. Avoid the dirty dozen.
You don’t have to buy EVERYTHING organic. I know, organic food is more expensive. But you DO want to avoid pesticides and that means buying some foods organic. The list of the dirty dozen, the foods that you want to make sure you buy organic are: 
 
1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Pears
9. Grapes
10. Spinach
11. Lettuce
12. Potatoes
 
Source: organic.org
 
4. Drink WATER. 
Avoid drinking your calories. Soda, sweet tea, juice, fancy coffee drinks, and more can contribute HUNDREDS of calories to your day, they add up fast, and they don’t fill you up. Make the switch to water. If you need some extra flavor, add some frozen fruit or lemon juice. Make it a goal to drink at LEAST 64 ounces a day. 
 
Did you make it this far? GOOD! If you got stuck at one of them, don’t stress! We are striving for progress, not perfection! Do your best, and if you fall down, pick yourself right back up. 
 
5. GET SUPPORT! 
Get support! I run a weight loss support groups every month, and we are there to help each other with our sugar addictions, as well as eating the RIGHT foods, in the right portions, exercising, and more! If you want more info on that, just email clientcare@fitwithrachel.com =)
 

Watch my video for more details about eating clean below: 

 

 
I believe in you! 
 

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Email:Clientcare@fitwithrachel.com

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Tony Robbins

PS. If you’re not at your goal weight & not sure how to get started, pick up a copy of my free grocery list here.

 

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