Counting calories and faddy diets are generally unsustainable, especially with today’s hectic lifestyles as they lead to a sense of deprivation, so within weeks, most of us fall off the wagon and invariably feel worse about ourselves. Instead of dieting, focus on creating a healthy body; “eat clean”. The philosophy is that nutrition is far more important than exercise or genetics in shaping our bodies, also it focuses on nourishing yourself rather than depriving yourself so is psychologically more appealing. Eating lean protein, complex carbs and fats, fresh fruits, and vegetables in the right amounts and drinking lots of water will turn your sluggish metabolism into a fat-burning machine. People who dedicate themselves to clean eating, generally lose about 3 pounds a week, and the benefits go beyond weight loss. You’ll lose weight, stay healthy and have more energy. Your eyes will look bright and alert. Your teeth and gums will be healthier. Your skin will glow and you won’t be hungry.
Eat clean principals: Eat breakfast every day, within an hour of getting up. Eat lean protein and complex carbohydrates at every meal. Have two or three servings of healthy fats every day. Get fibre, vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes from fresh fruits and vegetables. Control your portions. Drink 2 to 3 litres of water every day. I love the recipes on this website www.cleanfooddirtycity.com. The foods to avoid: anything that comes in a packet generally, over-processed foods, especially white flour and sugar, artificial sweeteners and foods, such as processed cheese slices, sugary beverages such as soda and juice and alcohol.
Disclaimer: The information provided is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Supplementation should only be temporary. If you’re eating a nutrient-rich diet, extra supplementation should only last for a month or two, just long enough to resolve the deficiency.
Shani Shaker BA (hons), dipION, mBANT, CNHC, is a registered nutritional therapist with a focus on regenerative and functional nutrition. Contact her at [email protected] or via www.superradiance.co.uk