HOW TO EAT CLEANER: HACKS FOR BUSY PEOPLE
Eating clean has been generating such a buzz recently it’s tough to go a day without hearing the phrase. Maybe you’ve heard someone raving about their clean-eating diet at the gym, or you’ve seen a co-worker faithfully unpacking her “clean” lunch while you are heading out the office door to grab your fast-food fix.
When you’re juggling work, family and other responsibilities, it can feel like you don’t have time to cram one more thing into your busy schedule. But adopting a clean-eating diet does not have to feel like work.
In its most basic terms, eating clean means focusing on picking fresh, natural foods. It is a lifestyle diet change that encourages you to choose wholesome ingredients for your meals and snacks, things that will nourish your body, and to avoid processed, preservative-laden and fast foods.
While this might seem like a tough task, there are simple tricks and tips you can use to get on the path of eating clean for a more healthy lifestyle.
Make a water bottle your new best friend
As more people have become committed to healthy diet changes, water bottles have become their favorite accessory - and for a good reason. Not only does having water on hand help you stay hydrated during the day, but for clean eaters, it serves another purpose: it keeps you from drinking something sweet when you’re thirsty.
Sure, you might want that mid-afternoon mint mocha latte. But if you’ve got your water bottle within reach, you know you don’t really need that dessert disguised as a drink. Ditto for soft drinks. You’ll think twice about forking over a few dollars for a sugary soda when you can easily refill your water bottle. And one healthy option for staying hydrated is Perfect Empowered Drinking Water®, which is not only oxygen-rich but has gone through a 15-step process to ensure purity.
Meal planning for clean eating
This part could seem too time-consuming at first, but by the end of one week you’ll see how much time meal planning actually saves. You’ll reap the benefits by learning how to eat cleaner, right from your own refrigerator and pantry.
At the beginning of each work week, make sure you’ve got the groceries on hand you’ll need to plan your nutritious breakfasts. Oatmeal, whole wheat breads and nut butters, eggs and fruit are all good choices. Think about which days you’ll be taking your lunch to work, and which days you might be eating out. Many restaurants, from chains to mom-and-pop delis, have menu items for their clean-eating clientele. Think salads with fresh dressings, and hearty homemade soups and sandwiches. Dinner planning can be simple, too. Lean meats can pair with your favorite vegetables, with whole grains like quinoa or brown rice.
After the first few of these “clean” shopping trips, you’ll be amazed at how many more fruits and vegetables you are regularly putting in your grocery cart. Another way to fit more nutrition into your diet is with a supplement like Nutrilite™ Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables. It’s made from whole food extracts and provides the phytonutrient equivalent of more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.
Keep clean-eating snacks handy
Snacks are a realistic part of any lifestyle. So just like your water bottle, you’ll want to keep a few good-for-you munchies stashed where you can reach them. A bag of dried fruits and nuts keep well in your office desk or your gym bag. An extra piece of fresh fruit or a bag of air-popped popcorn are great grab-and-go snacks for your purse or even to keep in your car. These little extras will keep you from running to the nearest vending machine or corner convenience store when you’re hungry.
Make a little extra the next time you cook
When you’re cooking something delicious, leftovers are always a welcome treat. This can make your weekly meal plan for clean eating even easier, too. If you know you’re cooking two or three dinners in a week, you can plan on packing up the leftovers in containers to take for lunch the next day. Your cookware can play a role in creating healthier culinary dishes. Amway’s iCook™cookware set, for example, lets you skip the high-calorie oils and butters while locking in one-third more nutrients.
Stick to a meal schedule
You might feel like you’re too busy to eat sometimes, but it’s important to stick to a schedule when it comes to your meals. Dashing out the door without breakfast, or skipping lunch and telling yourself you’ll grab a snack later are ways you can throw your diet out of whack. Staying on a schedule and eating the meals you’ve planned for yourself will not only help you get the nutrition your body needs, it will help you avoid cravings for unhealthy foods and snacks that might crop up when you’re hungry.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to ensure you’re eating clean. With just a few simple tweaks to your daily routine, you’ll find success on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
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