It’s January and it’s time to be good.
Collectively this family has eaten it’s way through a barrel load of chocolate, dozens of LARGE kettle crisp packets, and an excessive amount of sweets left over from our endeavour into ginger bread house decorating. That’s not including the three multiple course Christmas dinners! Rosalie’s new favourite words are ‘Biz-Kit’ and ‘Choc-Lit’. I have developed a tyre around my middle and I can no longer take a selfie without my 2nd chin making an appearance.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
It’s time to eat healthy and CLEAN again. This isn’t a diet. It’s how we eat. Monday to Friday anyway, we are still rather partial to the odd saturday night takeaway!
‘Clean eating’ is a bit of a buzz word at the moment. Basically it means that you eat raw and unprocessed foods. Food that doesn’t have added chemicals or preservatives. It sounds complicated, but really it’s just about eating simply.
You just need to think about what your eating. Food is fuel at the end of the day. Whether your following an intense training program like my husband, or developing at a super fast rate like my toddler or just bumbling along trying to juggle every day life like me. You want your body to be working at it’s best so that all those things you gotta do become a little bit easier. By choosing wisely what foods you put in your body you will find you, feel better, sleep better, and lose weight too. That’s not my main incentive for eating healthily but it’s a benefit I’m pleased to enjoy.
I thought I’d put together a list of my top tips for Clean Eating. By making just a few changes to the way you shop and eat you too can jump on this band wagon.
1. Buy fresh. Choose items without preservatives or any added ingredients. We do not buy any ready meals or processed foods. The only things we buy in a tin or carton are chopped tomatoes, tuna and kidney beans.
2. Salt. Table salt is the devil. It is basically a chemical that has been man made. Buy Sea Salt or Rock Salt. This is formed naturally and has a lot more benefits for your body.
3. Freeze. Just because your buying fresh doesn’t mean you can’t freeze things if you need them to last a little longer. Eating fresh is always going to be the best way to eat your food but there is hardly any loss in nutritional value through freezing.
4. Go brown. We have switched all our pasta, rice and noodles to wholewheat varieties. These are less processed and much more easily digested by the body. They have much more goodness left in.
5. Meat. We buy all our meat from the Butchers once a month. Cheaper meat from the supermarket can contain added water and chemicals. We buy in bulk so it is cheaper and freeze our meat so it lasts us.
6. Sugar. I try and limit my sugar intake and use honey as an alternative. I now always have honey in my coffee. I do still have sugar in my tea as I haven’t managed to wean myself off that yet. I have cut down from 2 sugars to only 1 so I am getting there. It is better to use sugar than a sweetener as sweeteners are again completely man made and full of rubbish! They have been linked to all sorts of cancers.
6. Fat. Switch the cooking oil you use. We use coconut oil for most cooking whether we are cooking meat or veg. If a recipe requires oil I will use coconut oil regardless. Coconut oil has lots of added health benefits and does exactly the same job. I actually prefer the taste of coconut oil now.
7. If it’s bad, Don’t buy it! We don’t have any crisps, chocolate or sweets in the house because if it’s there we will eat it. Don’t tempt yourself.
8. Don’t sweat it! If you have a bad day, don’t worry about it. If your going out for lunch or you really fancy a packet of crisps. Go for it! Don’t beat yourself up about it. This is a lifestyle change so one or two days is not going to make much difference. We tend to eat what we want at the weekends and are only strict with ourselves during the week. That’s what works for us.
Below is this week’s meal plan to give you some meal inspiration if your starting out. These are simple, clean meals that I can make quickly after a day at work or looking after my pickle. They are easy, very easy! Sometimes I scour Pinterest to find a new recipe to try but most weeks we have our staple dinners.
Tuesday: Chicken and Spinach Pasta
Wednesday: Beef Stir fry
Thursday: Burgers and Mediterranean vegetables
Friday: Steak and Chips
Saturday: Nick’s mums
Roast DinnerYou can take a look at our weekly food shop to see the ingredients I bought for these meals over on my Youtube channel here.