CLEAN EATING: PART 2

So, you’ve heard why ‘clean eating’ deserves at least a second thought, but how to hop on the bandwagon without falling straight back off? As we’ve eluded to in the last post, we’re now busier and busier, meaning that the time set aside for cooking and preparing food has dramatically fallen. Thankfully ‘clean eating’ doesn’t have to be as time consuming as you may think – and now many cafes, supermarkets and restaurants have realised the benefits and offer a wide range of delicious and satisfying foods that will nicely fall into the bracket of ‘clean’.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be looking at how you can eat clean without resorting to a diet of celery and carrot sticks, we’ll have a look at a few simple recipes, what chefs and other bloggers are saying, and what to look for when buying food.

Probably the most important thing I’ve learnt over the past 8 months is to be realistic, and if you really want something – just have it! Or, to try and find a substitute that satisfies your craving. Granted this won’t always work, so if you really can’t live without that packet of crisps, then don’t punish yourself. Just try to avoid doing it every day.

Other easy tips to help you are;

1. Choose food in it’s pure state

This is probably the easiest way to know exactly what you’re putting into your body – the fewer ingredients in the food you buy, the more confident that you can be that it’s ‘clean’

2. Eat seasonal as much as you can

I’ve raved about eating seasonal here before. Eating seasonal means that you’ll be likely to reduce the amount of chemicals pumped into your produce and you’ll also be reducing the amount of air miles – thus saving the planet one carrot at a time (heroic some would say!)

3. Try to shop local

The link between this and eating ‘clean’ isn’t always that obvious, so let me explain what I mean by local. If you can try to support your local fruit & veg shop, your local butcher and your local baker, you’re less likely to mindlessly throw some naughty snacks or processed food into your trolly– simply because there aren’t really any sold at these shops. The dreaded ‘middle-aisles’ of your large supermarket which are full of far too much temptation will be a thing of the past (at least until you walk past the local sweet shop!). If this isn’t possible, then just try to avoid the middle aisles of your chosen supermarket…just….don’t…even look at them – not even a sideways glance…you can do it!

4. Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

Wherever possible, try to prepare as much of your food at home – specifically your breakfasts and lunches. Lunchtime particularly is such an easy time to fall off the wagon with that ready prepared sandwich from the shop next door. If you have a ready prepared fresh lunch in the fridge – I promise you’ll be less likely to nip out for a quick bite to eat.

5. The Eating Out Rule

Ok, so this may be a bit naughty, but life’s for living – right?! The last thing you want is to be dictating exactly where you eat out with your friends every time you see them. So, ease off the rules slightly when you’re going out for food – that’s not to say that a little bit of restraint shouldn’t be exercised, so just try to eat as close to ‘clean’ as you can. Oh, and this isn’t to say that you should be eating out every night too!

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AerialFit Pilates

There are so many new gym classes in and around Bristol, and I’ve been keen to see what they’re all about. So, I started with ‘AerialFit Pilates’. Looking on their website, it aims to ‘build muscle strength without bulk, promoting a strong well balanced body’. AerialFit Pilates uses a hammock to offer support, which also adds a new dimension to traditional Pilates matt work.

Being a Pilates virgin, I was mindful that I may have thrown myself completely in at the deep end. The session lasted an hour and consisted of about 50 minutes of Pilates followed by 10 minutes of meditation and relaxation. The class was very intimate, with only 5 other people.

The class was absolutely fantastic. The instructor gave different options for each move – meaning that everyone could get involved. Parts of it were very difficult, but I’m hoping that with a bit more practice, they’ll get easier!

For three or four days after the course I could really feel that I’d worked by abs – who’d have thought it – I was convinced that they didn’t exist! Anyway, I’ve realized that this is probably a really good one for toning that tum, so will definitely be going back!