Happy Resurrection Day!
This week’s VLOG is all about, “Health And Fitness!” In it we talk about the importance of drinking water, as well as defining what eating clean means.
The Bible says Faith Without Works Is Dead (James 2:17). We have faith, now in order for us to see the promises of God come to pass in our bodies, we also need to put into action what we know.
Believe to not only be spiritually, and mentally fit, but physically as well. Get Moving & Watch The Difference That Will Be Made In Your Life!
Remember, Your Best Days Are Always Ahead! #BelieveIt #ReceiveIt #WalkItOut
Here are a few Golden Nuggets to Help You on Your Journey;
I. Water | Why is it so Important?
Drinking water also helps the skin do it’s job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating. Feed your body. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves as the body’s transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can’t get around as well.
II. What is Clean Eating?
Eating clean is a good way to refresh your eating habits: it’s about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups—and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones. That means embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats.
Here are a few examples:
- Ezekiel brand breads – Most often found in the freezer section. This brand of bread has several types to choose from, but read ingredients as not all are clean. They have tortillas as well.
- Alvarado Street Bakery brand breads – They have wonderful breads, rolls, hamburger buns and hot dog buns and all of them are clean.
- Trader Joe’s brand whole grain breads – The two in particular that I know are clean are the Sprouted Multi-Grain bread and the California Protein bread.
- Ak Mak Whole Wheat Crackers
Dairy & Non-Dairy:
Dairy is the source of much confusion for clean eaters. So here’s a general breakdown.
- Milk – Raw milk is the cleanest milk you can get. But since it’s hard to find, expensive and even illegal in some states, the next best thing would be organic, full-fat milk. If you choose this route, it’s best to treat your milk as a fat and carbohydrate instead of a protein. Also know that homogenization is processing of dairy. You can go low fat, but the lower in fat you go, typically the more processed the milk is.
- Cottage cheese (for those who eat it) – Full fat is best, but you can also use low fat. (NOT fat free.) That being said, it can be very difficult to find truly clean cottage cheese and again, the lower the fat, the more processing involved.
- Yogurt – Always opt for Greek yogurt when you can. Plain yogurt (regular or Greek) is the only way to go. You can always mix in your own fruits and dab of honey or maple syrup if you need it flavored. Full fat though, not reduce or non-fat.
- Cheese – Most cheeses are eaten in moderation due to their high fat content. Just be sure that if you buy it, you buy the real thing. No pre-shredded cheeses either (they have anti-caking agents added). If you need it shredded, buy the block and shred it yourself. Real grated Parmesan cheese is acceptable in moderation. (Note: Kraft brand Parmesan cheese is not clean. If it can sit on a shelf or in a cupboard for months, it’s not clean. Buy the stuff in the refrigerator section.)
- Unsweetened almond milk – Although a quick glance at the ingredient list may leave you wondering. It’s best to make your own
- Unsweetened rice milk (made from brown rice, not white). Again, homemade is best.
- Unsweetened soy milk – If you go this route, be sure to purchase the organic variety to avoid GMO’s.
- Unsweetened coconut milk – This is NOT the stuff in the cartons. This is the stuff in the cans. Be sure to read labels here. The Thai Kitchen brand is clean and pretty widely available. Light coconut milk is perfectly fine in this case.
- Eggs – These are a staple, especially egg whites. But most of the nutrition is in the yolks, so don’t leave them out too often. Try to avoid the carton egg whites.
- Chicken & Turkey – Boneless, skinless poultry breasts are your best friends if you eat meat. But whole chickens are often better and you get so much more out of them. If you can afford organic meats, it’s always a better way to go.
Beef can be part of a clean eating diet so long as you choose grass fed and humanely raised beef. A butcher can help you select these. If you are wanting to forgo beef, try venison, bison or buffalo. Both are very similar in flavor.
- Berries of all kinds
- Star fruit
- Any other fresh fruit you enjoy
- Bell Peppers in any color
- Squash of any variety
- Collard greens
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Onions of any variety
- Any other fresh veggie you enjoy
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