I remember my first week at nutrition school and how excited I was to add on to my life experiences inside and out of the kitchen. I knew that I loved cooking and I was really good at creating recipes off the cuff but I didn’t really have structure. As a new mom, I was pretty desperate to find ways to stay healthy though proper nutrition because running alone was not the answer.
Let me tell you a quick story before I get into how to start eating clean and what lead me on this path to begin with. I was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States as a young child with my mom and three brothers. Though the budget was tight, my mom made sure she had fresh fruit and vegetables in the fridge. I remember it was an adjustment for us all to eat later than we had in the Caribbean, the staples we had were white rice, beans, an animal protein, salad and perhaps a fried item like plantains.
What I recall vividly was the fact that my mom was always very concerned about myself and my brothers’ wellness. She was always pushing the fresh produce and though she gave into the influences of packaged foods seen mostly in commercials during the times we watched our cartoons after school, she did her best to simply keep us well nourished.
I tell this short version of my childhood because I believe that what you ate as a child effects your nutritional choices as an adult. Sometimes, people do the complete opposite of how they were raised because they feel within them that they need to do something different.. healthier.
However, it is also true that our parents or the folks who raised us are our most prominent influencers. This is the reason why I believe so strongly that as women and the nucleus of the home, we must lead by example and teach our children about proper nutrition without stress. When we do this, we are not only teaching them lifelong lessons about nutrition and what belongs in their bodies, we are also conditioning ourselves to do better for ourselves and make a commitment to better health and wellness.
But sometimes it's virtually impossible to get started, right? So here’s the scenario.. you have your child. You know feel fat and puffy (specially those few postpartum weeks) while you’re nursing and nothing fits quite the same. It sucks and that’s the truth. You see all these skinny women who just gave birth and are showing off their bods in tiny bikinis on the cover of magazines right in your face on the checkout line and feel even worse.. but think, “ I have to get my butt in gear!” let me buy the _____ shakes or ________ healthy frozen meals because deep down inside you really don’t know what the first step should be.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not rocket science and anyone who is committed to living a healthier lifestyle and ultimately look and feel better about themselves, can do this. So if you are confused about how to start eating cleanly and you’re still reading, you are in the right place and it’s obvious that a part of you at least is willing to give it a try.
My top 5 Easy Steps to Start Eating Cleanly TODAY:
*Clean out your cabinets and fridge of all PROCESSED FOOD ITEMS containing high amounts of sugar, salt and saturated fats.
*Swap dairy products for almond, hemp or coconut milk (depending on your tolerance & preference.
*Replace unnatural sugar for natural sweeteners like agave or honey among others.
*Grab whole grains and leave the white stuff behind
*Stock up on organic produce and invent recipes that include those ingredients.
**Detoxifying the body of toxins and waste to alkalize it is key to flush out what weighs you down. It helps to get rid of cravings and does wonders for your waistline, skin, mental functionality and sleep routine.
Following these steps will help you crowd out foods that no longer serve your body and push in healthier options for optimal wellness. Clearly the steps listed above are simple bullet points to follow, however, every individual’s nutritional needs vary so experimenting in a fun way is key.
If you are looking for ways to get started and just had no clue how, the tips above are a good place to start. For more information, I’m hosting a FREE 5-Day Wellness Challenge starting March 7th. During the challenge you’ll learn more on how to Look, Feel & Be your best as a busy, health conscious mom who may feel overwhelmed about how to get the results you seek, and even though you may work out, you’re just not seeing the results you’d like. This challenge is also suitable for anyone looking for a place to start a healthier path.
You may be thinking of spring cleaning your home anyway. Why not clean out your diet and start seeing the results you’ve secretly desired. This is not about changing who you are.. it is about enhancing the Beauty you already have from the inside out.
Click here to join the 5-Day Wellness Challenge!
Lastly, what steps will you implement to start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle by eating cleanly?