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Clean Eating ...



             

                 Clean Eating ... 






I have tried so many different fad diets over the last year and a half,so many diets that promise you that you will drop 10lbs in a week, and all that rubbish. And unfortunately I was one of those daft people who believed they would work. I spent hundreds of pounds on different products and supplements, and workout routines. The thing is some of them did work, or so I thought, but I was trying that many products at the same time that I wasn't sure which ones were working and which ones weren't. So after a few months of spending a fortune and being not sure what worked I decided to try something completely different. No supplements, no weight loss shakes and none of the other crap that I was buying off the internet, god knows what ingredients these things used to include.

I decided to go Clean, Clean eating sometime known as Paleo. From the start I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I did my research and read so many stories of other peoples results and it pushed me to try.

So with a few ups and downs and a few treat meals now and then, I have tried my best to stick to this for well over a year. And it feels good. If I have a bad day or a treat meal I end up craving clean food afterwards. I've always thought I ate reasonably healthy, but now I know some of the food groups I was eating weren't actually as healthy as I originally thought, but now I ensure I eat the right food groups on a daily basis.

Foods & Drinks I Avoid ...

Alcohol- alcohol is a toxin. As such your body has to work extremely hard to detoxify your system placing stress upon your liver, kidneys and adrenal glands. On a molecular level, alcohol is a potent sugar that triggers insulin secretion, blood sugar imbalance and increased body fat storage. Its understandable that you may have a drink now and then but try and avoid drinks like Lager, Wine, Alco-pops, and Champagne.

Caffeine- Caffeine first overexcites and then later 'wears out' the body's energy producing glands. This leads to massive energy fluctuations and the subsequent need for sugary foods. If you feel the need for caffeine try and limit it to one cup a day, if you really must. Try avoid Tea, Coffee, Fizzy Drinks. Try and drink water and green tea.

Wheat And Gluten- For many people, wheat and gluten products are simply indigestible or place stress on the digestive system leading to a sluggish metabolism and intolerance. In addition, modern wheat, especially after processing is barely distinguishable from simple sugar, leading to all of the same problems. I would advise to try and avoid Breads, Pastas, Cakes and some thick sauces, as gluten is sometimes used as a thickener. If there is a need eat wholewheat pasta instead.

Processed Foods- Anything containing an E number, unpronouncable name, pre-cooked, pre-packed or long life, AVOID! These products flood the body with toxins it simply cant cope with. Try and keep away from anything in a packet.

Sugar- White, Brown, Beet, Molasses, Honey, Processed fructose, Maltose, Dextrose and Corn sugar. All sugar creates an insulin response. The simpler the makeup of the sugar, the more rapid and aggressive the insulin response. Unfortunately again, so much of our diet contains sugar that this response becomes too frequent and excessively high or low depending on the type of dysfunction and leads to energy fluctuations and fat storage. I substitute honey for agarve nectar.

Sugar Substitute- Sweeteners are also really bad, I would recommend avoiding them entirely as they are linked to conditions such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, spasms, shooting pains, numbness, cramps, headaches, joint pain, dizziness and numerous other medical problems.

Dairy- Other than eggs, butter and full fat live yoghurt you should try and avoid dairy. This is because most dairy produce is heavily processed and uses pasteurisation and homogenisation in order to maintain its 'shelf life'. Unfortunately, these processes kill off all of the enzymes required to properly digest them meaning that your body has to work overtime to digest them. This can be a major cause of food intolerance.

Corn and Corn Products- 25 different toxin producing fungi have been found in these.

Peanuts and Peanut Products- 26 different toxin producing fungi have been found in these. I choose to use cashew nut butter instead.

Tap Water- If you want to get healthy and lean, you must avoid tap water. Over 350 chemicals have been found in UK tap water. Tap water will displace iodine from your thyroid, causing lots of problems both with health and body fat levels. Its worth buying a water filter jug or used bottled water like Evian or Volvic.


What To Eat and Drink...

Meat- Beef, Heart, Kidney, Liver, Rabbit, Venison, Lamb, Chicken, Duck, Pheasant, Turkey..

Fish- Mackeral, Salmon, Sardine, Anchovy, Bass, Cat Fish, Cod, Crayfish, Halibut, Herring, Octopus, Perch, Prawns, Shrimps, Scallop, Snapper, Trout, Clams, Crab, Lobster, Shark, Swordfish, Tuna...

Vegetables- Kale, Lettuce, Rocket, Spinach, Sprouts, Bean sprouts, Watercress, Asparagus, Onion, Radish, Aubergine, Artichoke, Loives, Leek, Peas, Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Parsnip, Peppers, Shallot, Tomato, Water Chestnuts, Pumpkin, Fennel, Garlic, Beans...

Fruit- Avocado, Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Coconut, Papaya, Pear, Mango, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Melon, Peach, Pineapple, Orange, Satsumas, Watermelon, Bananas, Grapes ...

Oils & Fats- Sesame Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Primrose Oil, Fish Oil, Olive Oil...

Butter- Almond Butter, Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Butter...

Seasonings- Basil, Bay Leaf, Chilli Powder, Chive, Cinnamon, Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Paprika, Oregano, Wasabi, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Saffron, Sea Salt, Thyme, Nutmeg, Cumin, Tumeric, Black Pepper...

Dairy- Chicken Eggs (white&yolk), Duck Eggs (white&yolk), Feta Cheese, Goats Cheese, Halloumi Cheese, Full Fat Greek Yoghurt ...

Nuts & Seeds- Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Pistachios, Poppy Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Flax Seeds...

Grains- Quinoa, Basmati Rice, Brown Rice, Wild Rice, spelt, Rice Noodles, Lentils, Pulses, Rice Cakes...

Drinks- Filtered Water, Homemade Fruit Water, Green Tea, Herbal Teas, Vegetable Juices, Rice Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk ...


You can eat freely from anything on the can eat or drink list, I know it looks abit crazy but once it becomes part of your day to day life it gets alot easier to understand.

One other thing, try and always avoid microwaves, they completely change the chemical composition of the foods you eat, rendering them nutritionless and placing a strain to your system.

Roo xx








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