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This year, give up dieting for good and simply eat clean. Clean eating is
more vegetables, less meat, less sodium, watching alcohol intake, limiting
processed foods and choosing whole grains. Clean eating is focused on
nutrients, not deprivation and counting calories. Clean eating subscribes
to Michael Pollan’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 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 butter 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 our 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!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An avid lover of all things health and
wellness, Lisi Chavarri is a Trainer & Holistic
Health Coach with Sports Club/LA-Miami;
1441 Brickell Ave., Ste. 4; 305.533.1199;
If you’re ready to eat clean, you have to stock your pantry so
you have items on hand to whip up a healthy meal on the fly.
T e x t by D ena R o ch é
Grains & Protein
Complex carbs and vegetarian
proteins are key to clean eating. At
the grocery store, hit the bulk foods
aisle and load up on quinoa, millet,
brown rice, beans, nuts and sunflower
seeds. Almond butter and tahini offer
additional protein solutions.
Veggies & Fruit
By shopping the perimeter of the
grocery store, you can focus on buying
what is local and in season. Leafy
greens, cruciferous vegetables, roots,
avocados, berries and apples are
excellent choices. Pick a rainbow of
colors and you’ll pack in the nutrients.
What you drink can be the downfall
of clean eating. Too much coffee
and soda can ruin an otherwise
healthy diet. Try adding beverages
like herbal and green teas, coconut
water, kombucha and plain water.
Replace milk with unsweetened