Monday, July 7, 2014

Clean Eating 101: 2 Keys To Eating Clean

2 keys

Hello my lovely fellow healthy friends! This post is part of the Clean Eating 101 series. If you haven’t read my other posts, please click HERE to check them out. If you have any questions  or comments please post them below. Hope these posts are helping you #BuildYourBestSelves :)
Although there are a lot of tips and tricks to eating clean, I feel there are two main keys to succeeding:

1.) BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU ARE EATING
Oftentimes we go about our day and don’t realize everything we stuff in our mouths, I know I’ve definitely been guilty of that! That is obviously not good. This is a surefire way of consuming unhealthy foods and adding unwanted pounds. So, what exactly is ‘mindfulness’ and how do we apply it to eating?
According to The Center for Mindful Eating, here are the principles and definition of Mindfulness and Mindful Eating:

Principles of Mindfulness:

  • Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.
  • Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments.
  • Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the present moment.
  • With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
  • Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.

Mindful Eating is:

  • Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. 
  • Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.   
  • Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
  • Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.

Someone Who Eats Mindfully:

  • Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
  • Accepts that their eating experiences are unique.
  • Is an individual who by choice, directs their attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
  • Gains awareness of how they can make choices that support health and well being.
  • Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of their food choices on those systems.
2.) PLAN AHEAD
You know what they say “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”! Planning your meals in advance will not only help you eat properly and healthy but it will also help you cut down on your grocery bill (and who wouldn’t want that)?! If you take 30-60 minutes out of your day just once a week to write down all your meals in advance and write out your grocery list, you’ll be ensuring yourself of a week full of healthy meals and snacks!

Stay tuned for my next posts on Clean eating 101!

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