Everybody thinks they “Eat Clean” and some that “eat clean” feel it’s pointless because they do not see results. That term is used too often and means something different to every person you ask. For some people, not drinking alcohol on weekdays or not having any dessert after dinner is what they consider eating clean. For others, they might follow a plan that is gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, paleo, or some other type of dietary lifestyle and that is what those people view as eating clean. Again, too vague of a term to define.
If you want results, you need to be accountable. First, establish your goal(s). Are you looking to lose some body fat? Do you want to perform better when you go to your Crossfit box? Would you like to add some muscle to your body?
After you determine your goals and determine which type of nutrition plan you want to follow (if you are not hiring a Nutritionist or Coach) you should examine your current intake so you can make adjustments where necessary. Keep some type of log… use a journal or one of the many free smart phone apps that will not only keep a log of your food intake, but also break down all of the macronutrients and micronutrients. I tend to go for the latter of the two.
Few more simple tips that will help you dial in on your nutrition…
Make a list prior to going grocery shopping – this will help you stick to the new plan and not buy snacks/foods that you should avoid.
Prep food in advance – I’m not big on making an entire week’s worth of food, but I do like to have enough prepared food in my refrigerator to last 2 or 3 days.
Pack and bring your food with you in a cooler if you’re away from the house for several hours – Some people might view this as extreme, but if you want to be sure to eat on time and avoid impulsive eating, having your own food is the best option.
One more thing… When you do embark on a new Nutrition plan… I strongly suggest sticking to the plan 100% for 2 weeks before determining that something isn’t working and making any changes. COMPLIANCE is usually the biggest issue for people… and it doesn’t matter how flawless a plan is, if the individual is not following said plan.