This year, give up dieting for good and simply eat clean.
Clean eating means more vegetables, less meat, less sodium, watching alcohol intake, limited processed foods and choosing whole grains. Clean eating is focused on nutrients, not deprivation and counting calories. Clean eating subscribes to Michael Polland’s theory of “Eat real food and eat less of it.” Choose foods closest to their natural form; if you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce an ingredient on a nutrition label, you shouldn’t ingest it.
But eating clean doesn’t mean giving up on the food you love. It’s all about improvising and re-creating those dishes. Replace sugar with natural sweeteners such as agave nectar and stevia, or switch saturated fats like meat, cheese, and butters with healthy fats such as nuts, avocados, olive oil and fatty fish. The old adage is true: “Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.”
Exercise is important, but your eating habits determine our body composition. Our bodies are like cars that will perform at their best when properly fueled. Your nutrition plan (or lack thereof) can negatively impact your performance and overall results.
When you embrace a clean eating lifestyle, you’ll look and feel your best.
By Lisi Chavarri, Mercedes Club Fitness Manager and Holistic Health Coach