Having a hard time getting into a post-summer healthy eating routine? You're not alone. So, let’s do this together.
Going ‘clean’ with your diet is a great way to boost your energy, focus your mind, fire up your metabolism and kick-start weight loss. The positive physical and metal benefits you’ll feel (and see) after even just a week will motivate you to keep going.
Check out our favourite tips below and the sweet deal SN Clubs members can get from Blended for You.
1. Set a Goal
We recommend approaching your clean eating program week by week. Begin by committing to one full week and start feeling the physical benefits. Then continue on for a second week and watch permanent, healthy habits start to form. We think you’ll get hooked on the feeling.
2. Foods to Eliminate
Going clean doesn’t mean being super restrictive, but there are some key foods to avoid during your first few weeks including: red meat, shell fish, all cow dairy, foods containing gluten, alcohol, refined sugar, coffee, syrups, store bought sauces and dressings, energy drinks, artificial sweeteners, diet and regular sodas.
Almost all veggies are ok, but avoid corn because it can be hard to digest.
3. What to Eat
You don’t need to go vegan, but you’ll want to focus on lots of veggies, fruits (1 to 2 portions per day), moderate amounts of grains & legumes (eg. quinoa, brown/wild rice, chickpeas, black beans), low mercury fish (wild salmon, halibut, cod, sole) and poultry (always organic) limited to 2 to 3 portions per week.
Healthy fats are important; coconut, olive and avocado oils, avocados, nuts (almonds, walnuts pecans), chia and hemp seeds are all good picks.
Small amounts of goat cheese, coconut yogurt and other non-cow dairy products are okay (ensure they are not sweetened or loaded with artificial ingredients).
4. What to Drink
Lots of water: water transports nutrients to your muscles, aids digestion and keeps your metabolism up. Go for 10 cups a day/ 2.5 L).
Morning tip: try starting your day with 500 ml of room temp water that has 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice & 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (supports detoxification and digestion).
Skip coffee and opt for green tea if you want a little caffeine in the morning. Herbal teas are a great option, too.
Milk substitutes (always unsweetened): coconut, almond, cashew, oat (GF)
5. Balance your meals
Include lean protein (fish and plant-based are best picks), nutrient rich carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits & vegetables) and healthy fats (non-saturated) at every meal. If using protein powders, go for vegan, not whey. Protein helps build and repair muscle; the complex carbs replenish energy stores without elevating blood sugar; and healthy fats keep you satisfied, are nutrient-rich and help in the absorption of key vitamins and minerals.
7. Don’t skip meals
Waiting more than four or five hours between meals causes your blood sugar to bottom out, leaving you weak, irritable and tired. Eating more often helps regulate blood-sugar levels and keeps your body burning calories rather than storing them. Try to eat 3 balanced meals and 2 snacks per day.
Once you’ve ‘reset’ (go clean for a minimum of two weeks), aim to follow the above tips at least 85% of the time.
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About the 7-Day Cleanse & Reset Plan
We all have health goals to hit. That might mean that we're starting a clean-eating diet for the first time, we're kick-starting weight-loss, or we need a reset to get back on track with healthy eating. We've put together our 7-Day Cleanse & Reset Plan with a nutrition program to make it a little easier for you.
The 7-day program helps create awareness about how much and which types of food you are eating. The smoothies in this program energize your body with nutrient dense foods to support toxin removal, immunity, and rejuvenation.
The Program Includes:
- 14 x Blended For You Smoothies (we’ve got your breakfast and one snack covered each day)
- Nutrition Program (electronic format)
- Clean eating food guide to follow for the week
- Sample eating schedule & food
- Macro-balanced recipes & shopping list template
- Food prep and ingredient stocking tips
- Recipe & shopping list guide (electronic format)
- 6 meal & 4 snack recipes (all macro-balanced)
- Suggested shopping list
- Shopping list template
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About Blended For You
Nutritionally balanced, superfood boosted frozen smoothie packs delivered direct to your home or office. Life gets busy and you’ve got health goals. We’ve got you covered. Order online at www.blendedforyou.com.
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