I’ve had a lot of people respond to me with how hard it can be for them to eat clean. Those burgers just look too good, the pudding is singing from the fridge, and the next thing we know, boom. Back to day one of the diet. Been there, done that so many times I lost count. It makes someone want to give up.
But don’t. You are worth every single moment.
By now everyone is probably aware that the term, eat clean, has nothing to do with washing your food and has everything to do with eating in a way that promotes fat loss.
While it may sound simple enough, it’s pretty challenging to stick with a clean eating plan, especially if you live in a bigger city, constantly assaulted by fast food ads, work in a busy environment where you have to eat lunch while finishing a report, or live in a food desert!
So what’s the secret to long-term, clean eating success? Here it is…
How-To-Eat-Clean Secret #1: Keep It Balanced So many fat loss strategies out there encourage eating only from one category of food: soup, grapefruit, salad, chicken breast…While these foods may promote fat loss and reduce overall calorie intake, this way of eating sets you up for a fall.
No one sticks with highly restrictive, one-food-only diets for very long, and you’re no exception. To make a clean eating plan last, keep the diet balanced with a range of healthy, real foods.
the more of the rainbow, the better!
How-To-Eat-Clean Secret #2: Don’t Put a Label On It How many times have you uttered the words I’m on a diet? Ugh, just saying that puts one in the mood to cheat on said diet.
If eating clean means you’re on a diet, then you’re not committed enough to make this a way of life. True fat loss success comes when clean eating is second nature, and not a temporarily imposed sentence.
If it feels like prison, it’s not stick-withable!
How-To-Eat-Clean Secret #3: Have Patience Wouldn’t it be great if a week of clean eating could erase a decade worth of indulgences? But, alas, you didn’t gain that fat in a week, and you won’t lose it in a week either.
Look for, and acknowledge, each and every small victory along the way to your long-term goal. Notice each pound, each inch and each pant size. These accomplishments build on one another until you reach your ultimate goal. Just remember that big changes take consistent, long-term effort. Be patient.
How-To-Eat-Clean Secret #4: Have a Plan This is the most important step in your clean eating quest.Spend time writing out some do’s and don’t’s for a clean eating plan—and please feel free to reach out to me to help you with this step. Remember to start slow. Total transformations overnight are not always feasible.
I’m so proud of you!
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
― C. JoyBell C.