Have you always thought EATING CLEAN would bounce your budget and was just far too expensive? I know it’s thought to be, however below are TIPS to achieve the biggest bang for your buck so you can fuel your temple. A Strong & Lean Body Starts In A Clean & Organized Kitchen. I promise, and you will see IMMEDIATELY, how better, cleaner food provides improved focus, the ability to manifest your thoughts and creations (i.e. daily intentions, affirmations), weight loss and eliminate added toxins from food sources, such as herbicides, insecticides, and hormones to name a few. Here’s a few ways to fuel up your pantry and refrigerator without spending a butt load of your moola.
SHOPPING LOCALLY. Depending on where you live, farmer’s markets cut costs by buying directly from the farmer because you cut out the middle man. You’re also helping your local economy, and contributing to less trucking (greener living) so it’s a win all the way around.
Tip: You can sometimes get an even better price on items at farmers markets if you shop late in the day.
BUY SEASONALLY. When its comes to fruits and vegetables, buy items that are in season. It’s always cheaper to purchase seasonal produce.
BUY FROZEN. Many times frozen organics are less expensive and of course convenient, especially when out of season. I am not too keen about the taste of frozen vegetables but experiment yourself. I love frozen berries (all kinds) and mangoes.
ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY. Before you head off to the grocery store, shop your pantry and fridge. This will keep you from unintentionally buying duplicate items and plan for the things you NEED for the week!
JOIN A CSA. Community Supported Agriculture, allows you to support your local farmer up front at the beginning of the growing season and you’ll receive a box of produce every week throughout the entire season. It ends up being a cheaper (and FUN) way to get your local vegetables every week. It’s a little bit of a mystery because you never know exactly what you’ll get.
PLANT A GARDEN. Growing your own vegetables is not only economical, but it’s a satisfying experience the whole family can do together. You can grow vegetables in containers indoors, in gutters attached to fencing and so many other really creative contraptions, like using over the door shoe holders for herbs! It doesn’t have to be a super time commitment. Start small, with 3-5 herbs or crops!
NOTE: CLEANSE YOUR BODY TOO! My clients routinely cleanse and detox (liver, kidney, intestines… and of course our mind) an go through times where complex carbs are COMPLETELY eliminated! For more information on our popular CELEBRITY DETOX, click here
Eating the right foods at the right times BEFORE you work out is essential to keeping your energy up, your workout performance high, and your body in a fat-burning mode.
FAT-BURNING: Let’s Rev Up The Metabolism post sweat!
What Should You Eat After A Workout?
There is a window of time about 20-60 minutes after you exercise in which your muscles will readily accept the carbohydrates and protein that you consume and suck them up to be stored away as precious energy and building blocks for recovery. Don’t wait too long or you risk the chance of getting cranky or tired from a drop in your blood sugar. BE PREPARED! (Yes, you are going it hear THIS from me A LOT!!!) Keep the euphoric feeling strong and upbeat! 🙂
The ideal post-workout MEAL:
Carbohydrates (2 fists) and protein (1 fist). Unless you are on track to release substantial weight then reverse it – protein (2 fists) and carbs (1 fist). (bold and highlighted)
SKIP COMMERCIAL RICE, BREAD, CRACKERS, PASTA, AND STARCHES… Replace with fresh lettuce wraps, protein breads, carrot chips and dip-able veggies (sliced peppers, celery, radishes. Etc., found in the produce area. Quinoa, farrow, and beans are also GREAT to have as your protein! I also skip MOST GRAINS! QUINOA is a SEED, not a grain!!! [More lists on Protein in the Guide]
A sampling of suggestions of what to eat POST WORKOUT:
BE PREPARED: “FIT FRESH FUN FAST FOOD — BAG IT!”
(make this like a check box items)
PLASTICS: This is when plastic [PBA- free or glass] containers and shaker cups will be quite handy. I hate ziplock bags — totally NOT green and leach crap into our food- a cause of inflammation [aka- sickness & disease]
6-Pack Lunch Tote [or larger thermal-style tote]
Ice Blocks to keep foods & beverages fresh all day long
Leak-proof containers [various sizes for dressings to salads, fruit mixtures, hummus, etc.]
Thermos to keep food hot or cold
Low Glycemic Fruit/Vegetable Chart:
While on the 17 Day program, I recommend that you select fruits and vegetables that are low in their sugar content. It will help give you the jumpstart into healthier eating and you’ll most likely see a couple of pounds shed the first week just from this tip alone These low glycemic fruits and veggies are listed in the table below
Veggies & Fruit
arugala 1g watermelon 4g
cucumber 1g strawberry 4g
broccoli 1g cantaloupe 4g
lettuce (iceburg) 2g avocado 4g
celery 2g honeydew melon5g
white mushroom 2g peach 5g
radishes 2g blackberries 5g
turnips 2g grapefruit 5g
lettuce (romaine) 2g oranges 5g
asparagus 2g papaya 5g