Spring/Summer has been rearing its searing head in Northern California this past week and I’m enjoying every minute of it. My body clock has yet to adjust to the new time change, but I adore the longer days and shorter nights.
With all this sun beaming down upon us I tend to want to wear less and less. This is what I live for, what I look forward to 6 months out of the year. Heat! I love hot weather.
Living in California has many benefits, one of the top ones ,being we don’t have to fight with humidity like the southern and some eastern states do.
California emits a dry heat that seems bearable at first but will having you running for the air conditioner in no time.
This is when I shine, where all my hard work pays off, where I get to show off my tones legs, flat stomach, and ripped arms. It’s time to get summer fit.
I’m revving up my workout by adding more lifting, doubling the amount and variation of cardio on a weekly/daily bases and by completing my own weekly fitness challenges. This weeks butt lift challenge hurts!!! I love it, but man does my booty burn during the donkey kicks, side kicks, and back kicks. I can feel my core tightening up while completing each dreaded set.
Around this time of year I also get a lot more health conscious. Without those winter layers to keep you warm it’s nearly impossible to camouflage the rolls that love to gang up on my back.
To enhance my new workout schedule I’m going on a clean diet.
What’s a clean diet and why am I using the word ‘diet’ on this site when I only promote life changes??? I’m so happy you asked….
Clean diet facts… What is it… And how can I get me some?
What is a “Clean” diet
A clean diet is eating nutrient-rich, low-fat meals
Eating whole or non-processed foods
Why Clean up your diet?
If you dedicate yourself to the clean eating diet/lifestyle and you can loose up to 3 pounds a week
Improve the brightness and alertness in your eyes
Teeth and gums will be healthier
Skin will glow and you won’t be as hungry as usual
Clean diets can improve your metabolism
Does eating clean mean starving myself?
Nope, not at all
Eating clean requires you to eat often, 6 to six times a day, 3 meals and 2-3 snacks
Clean diets are based off of complexed carbohydrates, the “good carbs” most complexed carbohydrates are full of fiber and dietary fibers, that make you feel fuller longer
Basic normal recommended plate servings including a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates with every meal
Grapefruit, apples, prunes, apricots, pears, plums, strawberry, orange, yams, potatoes, soy beans (tofu)
Spinach, turnip greens, lettuce, watercress, zucchini, asparagus, artichokes, okra, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, dill pickles, radishes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, eggplant, onions, tomatoes, cauliflower, potatoes, okra, zucchini, carrots
Grains & Beans
Barley, buckwheat, whole wheat bread, oat brain bread, oatmeal(stee cut oats), oat bran, muesli, multigrain bread, Wild rice, brown rice
pinto beans, navy beans, spelt bread, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, split peas
Almond milk, rice milk, plain yogurt
How to clean up your diet
Eating foods like lean protein complex carbs “good-carbs”, fresh fruits, and vegetables
Eat 5-6 meals a day
eat breakfast everyday within an hour after getting up
Eat lean protein and complex carbohydrates at every meal
Have 2-3 servings of healthy fats everyday
Get fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes from fresh fruit and vegetables
Control your portions
Drink 2-3 liters of water (about 13-8oz cups) everyday
Foods to Avoid
Over processed foods, especially white flour and sugar
Sugary beverages like soda and juices
Foods with preservatives
Foods with chemical additives like food dyes and sodium nitrite
Saturated fats and trans fat
Anti Food – calorie dense food with no nutritional value
I hope you enjoyed reading about my new ‘diet’
Have a great day friends!