Hey! Eating clean simple means avoiding all or most processed foods. Salt will bloat you, so you really want to try to avoid it. Wheat is really not good for us! Watch this video, it is SO good and explains it so well.
You want to eat vegetables, lean meats, fruit, and seeds and nuts- these are all things that are natural and will help you become healthier! Here is a grocery list of what I would buy:
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, Tuna (water packed), Fish (tilapia, shrimp, cod, halibut, and on occasion salmon and sea bass), Protein Powder (lactose free), Egg Whites or Eggs, Extra Lean Ground turkey, Turkey Breast Slices or cutlets (fresh meat, not deli cuts)
Complex Carbs * I DON’T EAT WHEAT!
- Oatmeal (Old Fashioned or Quick Oats), Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes (Yams), Oat Bran Cereal (watch sugar, less than 6 grams), Rice Cakes (lightly salted only)
Fibrous Carbs & Vegetables (Fresh if possible)
- Green Leafy Lettuce (spinach, kale), Broccoli, Asparagus, String Beans, Spinach, Bell Peppers, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Sprouts, Cucumber, Green or Red Pepper, Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Pumpkin
- Berries (blueberries and raspberries), Lemons or Limes, Grapefruit, Apples, Dates, Grapes, Oranges, Eat bananas, strawberries, peaches or plums sparingly (lots of natural sugar), No dried fruits, including raisins (loaded with sugar)
- Natural Style or Organic Almonds Butter (or peanut butter), Olive Oil or Safflower Oil, Almonds, Flaxseed Oil, Avocado
I follow the “PALEO” lifestyle- which, in simple terms, is also called the “caveman diet.” I found this article that explains it really well:
I eat “real” food — fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient dense, with lots of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important — I’m careful about where my meat comes from, and buy produce locally and organically as often as possible.
It’s not a low calorie “diet” — I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy and a healthy weight. In fact, my diet is probably much higher in fat than you’d imagine. Fat isn’t the enemy — it’s a great energy source when it comes from high quality foods like avocado, coconut and nuts. And I’m not trying to do a “low carb” thing, but since I’m eating vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal and pasta, it just happens to work out that way.
Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s been doing great things for my energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
So that’s how I personally eat, I DO add in grains occasionally- like sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and quinoa. BUT THAT’S IT! I get my carbs from vegetables, my protein from lean meats, and my fats from almonds, avocados, and coconut oil. I don’t consume dairy because I’m a bit lactose intolerant, but I will have almond milk or coconut milk from time to time. Hope this helped!
Aww thank you so much- that means a lot and I’m so glad I could help! :)
It’s alright! Don’t let one day ruin you. Move past it, and start fresh the next day! We ALL have slip-ups! Don’t stress :)