Eating Clean: What It Means
Eating Clean…what does that mean? It means that I want my St. Louis Personal training clients to eat real food. You might be thinking that all foods are real food but I would not agree. In my opinion, most foods that are coming out of packages or boxes or bags could potentially not be the ideal “real food”.
In general, to avoid confusion, I recommend that my St. Louis personal training clients eat foods found in the outside aisles of the grocery store that mostly contain real meats, fishes, vegetables, fruits and grains. These are the categories of foods that not only help you feel better but I have had tremendous success in helping my Clayton, MO personal training clients lose weight, sleep better and have more energy.
When you eat foods that are in their natural forms, there is a higher likelihood for it to have more nutrients and less processed ingredients. For example, if Brentwood, MO personal training clients like to use almond flour, I would rather they grind it themselves from whole almonds into powder than buy it pre-made. Or if a Clayton, MO personal training client wants soup, it is generally “cleaner” if the client makes it herself rather than getting it from a can.
Having said that, I recognize that not everybody can make their own food all the time so when you find yourself in a pinch and can’t make your meals, it’s ideal to pick up food that isn’t processed into noodles, breads, crackers, wraps etc. It’s better to pick up food that comes in its own natural form like fish with vegetables and quinoa or chicken with vegetables and brown rice. These options are healthier and more nutritious than potentially a noodle bowl or sandwich with processed meats and dressings.
Also, keep in mind that we are all human, so if you say to yourself that you can cheat once or twice per week, frequently you will do it three to four times per week. If you tell yourself you can’t cheat on processed foods, then in general, since we are all human, you might have processed foods a few times in a month at special occasions or when you have no other food options at a party or event.
When you eat “clean,” you are taking in food in the form that Mother Nature intended and traditionally, that generates anti-inflammatory effects and has beneficial impact on your overall health and your weight, skin and hair. So, when you are eating food in its natural form, you’ll be boosting your health as well as the natural glow of your skin and hair. Plus it will boost your metabolism.
For more information on how to eat “clean” food, contact Maurie Cofman, AHFS, CES, TBMM-CES, Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist in the St. Louis, Brentwood, and Clayton, MO area.