Clean Eating…huh?

While training for a Figure Competition, you have to eat clean; it is paramount to your success or lack thereof!

“Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym!”

So what the world is clean eating all about anyways? I had no idea what it was all about when I started out on this journey. The first time I heard about it I thought people were VERY concerned about pesticides or perhaps they would NEVER eat a fruit without washing it first or perhaps they shower before they eat so they are super clean before they eat?  It was all rather ambiguous to me.

And as you know, I don’t ask a lot of questions; I just do things. This has gotten me into trouble in the past…it’s how I accidentally did a triathlon…but this time it was one of the best things I have just done.

Turns out clean eating is all about the KIND of food you eat.  When someone talks about eating clean they probably are referring to:

  • Whole foods
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Elimination of refined sugars
  • Lots of water
  • Eating throughout the day (small meals)
  • Very few processed foods

Sounds pretty simple, but it can be rather complex some days! Everywhere you turn there is fast and convenient food in a bag that is filled with things you can’t pronounce or spell. They are fast and easy to consume; way easier than bringing your food with you or searching out a better option.

I have found the benefit of eating clean to be more energy in workouts, weight loss, more even moods, and clearer skin.

If you want to take the plunge into eating clean, I suggest starting small and then adding in more discipline once you’ve got one habit mastered. You have to build your eating clean muscle! The first step may be no more ‘white‘ food – brown rice, whole grain bread, brown rice or quinoa, and yams instead of white breads, rice, and potatoes.

Here are some resources if you want more information on eating clean:

Tosca Reno – Clean eating guru

Clean Eating Magazine – Recipes, tips, ideas, and conversation

Mark’s Daily Apple – Paleo diet, recipes, and tons of resources on healthy living

Foods of April – Blogger that experiments with food (Susan highly recommends her inventions!)

What are your favorite clean eating resources, recipes, and tips? Share them in the comments section below!

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Comments

  1. Perfect timing for this post. I was just at the bookstore today looking for books on Clean Eating. I will check out your suggested resources. Thanks!

  2. How did you learn so much about clean eating? Was it just internet sites and books, or did you have help from a dietician or trainer as well?

  3. My favorite clean eating source is “The best of clean eating”. I modify some of the recipes (change the spices and leave out some things) depending on my taste.
    I also cut out recipes from other sources.
    I am actually a bikini fitness competitor and I absolutely agree, flat stomachs are made in the kitchen. You want to know how a person eats, look at their tummy and it shows on your skin texture also.

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