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One of the questions I get most often (besides how do I get started) is how do I eat better. Guys, lets be real, this is the HARDEST part of this whole thing. We grow up eating crap, processed foods, microwave dinners, we crave the stuff. I am no expert on clean eating, but I have learned a little bit along the way.
I remember when I first heard of the idea, I thought it was absurd. I was NEVER going to stop eating processed foods. Those were my life! I didn't know what else you COULD eat if it wasn't in a box! So I know what you are thinking. Its scary and not comfortable but you'll see- its so worth it.
Here are some quick and easy steps that will help you clean up your diet without scaring you off.
1. Start slow
Don't feel like you have to go all in on day one. Jumping into something too quickly is a sure fire way to fail. been there, done that. I can't tell you how many times I have said "On Monday I am eating clean 100% FOREVER!" and come tuesday I am knee deep in a carton of Ben and Jerry's.
BE REALISTIC. You need to transition! Just like you wouldn't straight up switch your dog to new food, you shouldn't overhaul your diet if you want to succeed.
Aim for 50/50 in the first week or 2, 75/25 (clean/not) in the next couple weeks, then settle right around 80/20. No need to go beyond that. We are living our lives here. You can eat 20% stuff you want to eat.
2. Prepare prepare prepare
I should get it tattooed on my face, but a failure to plan is a plan to FAIL. Clean eating isn't hard, but its not necessarily convenient. If you aren't prepared, you will fail. Welcome prep days into your life. They will take like an hour, 2 tops, and you will thank yourself later. Prep your fruits, veggies, breakfasts and lunches and make a menu for what you are having for dinner. Don't make this harder than it already is. If you have snacks and meals ready to go, you will eat them instead of running through McDonalds drive through. FACT.
3. Don't beat yourself up.
Seriously. This is your life. Not a competition. So you ate some pizza, whatever. Its part of the 20%. Just make a better choice next time. You are never going to be 100% perfect. Even the most incredibly dedicated people I know slip up. But they don't turn it into a binge! They MOVE ON.
4. Pinterest is your best friend.
Don't know where to start? Pinterest is the answer. Seriously. Clean eating tips, guides, shopping lists, recipes, you want it they got it.
5. Have fun.
Real foods are delicious. Maybe not oreos dipped in peanut butter delicious, but close. Eating clean doesn't have to mean eating bland. Seasoning is your friend. Make good food and you will want to keep making it. And enjoy the savings on your grocery bill! Those processed foods add up fast!
So that's what I have for you. If you have been thinking about dipping your toe in the clean eating water, do it! The water's nice :D