The Champagne is finished and it`s time to focus on the new year, a new menu and a “new” body. With this I mean a clean body.
Monday I`m starting my annual clean week with a special diet. I incorporate the whole family in this diet so that I don`t have to cook extra meals, but I do pay attention to providing the right nutritions for the kids.
Following a clean diet menu plan is not difficult and you won’t suffer, I promise.
But it`s very important to “build your kitchen” before you start. Meaning you need to get the base supplies and ingredients in forehand because when hunger hits you you have no time for shopping. You`ll be able to eat full meals and not just drink shakes.
Stack up on fruit with deep color (the rule is: “green is clean, red is dead”, so no tomatoes ).
I like doing this clean week because it recharges me. I get so much more energy and just feel good about taking care of my body.
The clean recipes I use have the following features:
- Rich in nutrients (including vitamins and minerals)
- Rich in phytonutrients
- Rich in antioxidants
- Anti-inflammatory (note: an anti-inflammatory diet is proven to be helpful for numerous inflammatory conditions such as multiple sclerosis, asthma, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, heart disease, etc.)
- Exceptionally rich in fruits and vegetables
- Predominantly based on unrefined “whole” plant-foods (such as beans, legumes, tofu, edamame beans, tempeh, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc.)
- Free of empty-calorie vegetable oils (corn oil, soybean oil, “pure” vegetable oil, etc.)
- Rich in fiber
- Milk Free
- Devoid of refined, empty-calorie flour
- Free of trans fats
- Optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats
I will soon post my menu plan for next week and hope many of you will join me for a clean week.
Let`s use the comment field to cheer each other on and please feel free to ask me questions about the menu and clean week.
For now – have a wonderful weekend!