“Enjoy the taste of eating right.” This is the theme for National Nutrition Month this March. Food is more than just what we put into our bodies for sustenance. It is emotional, social, and artistic to say the least. The foods we choose to eat often are the ones we enjoy the tastes of. But what if your tastes buds seem to prefer the crunch and saltines of a bag of Lays potato chips over some air popped popcorn? This is not uncommon! But I firmly believe that each of us has the power to change that preference by committing to eat real, whole, natural foods. When we eat this way, not only can we eat more and obtain feelings of satisfaction in the foods we choose, but we no longer have to view foods as being bad, treats, junk foods, or diet foods. Nutrition is about abundance while diets are about restrictions. The more clean you eat, the less you desire the empty caloric foods. It’s true! It is not uncommon after changing your eating habits that you begin to crave salads and clean homemade meals straight from your own kitchen.
In conjunction with your 40 Days of Miles Challenge, I challenge all of us to examine the foods we are currently taking in and commit to 3 weeks of clean eating. By starting today we will be on a 21 day journey until the end of March. (It is said that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit!)
What exactly does it mean to eat clean? Simply put this is an idea that you will only be consuming whole foods; that is foods coming as close to their natural state as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins instead of prepackaged or processed fast foods. You will also avoid foods that contain artificial ingredients and chemicals.
Foods to avoid:
Preservatives (When looking at a food label, the less ingredients listed the better you can bet it is for you!)
Fake foods (What exactly is cheese whiz anyways?!)
Sugary drinks like soda and juice
Empty calorie foods like cookies and cakes
Limit alcohol consumption (choose a glass of red wine over the high calorie Long Island Iced Tea!)
Check out eatright.org for more great resources surrounding this campaign!
If you are ready to commit to 21 days of clean eating, please print off your Clean Eating Pledge, sign it, and hang it somewhere where you can view it often!
Keep me posted on how you are doing with this!