If you’re plugged into social media at all, including following me on Instagram (tjandjessie), you may come across a plethora of pictures of food lately. People are obsessed with taking pictures of what they shove into their mouths.
There are a few reasons for this phenomenon:
- Educating and motivating others
- Practicing mad photo skills
I document what I eat for all of the above reasons, but mostly for motivating others. So many think that eating healthy has to be expensive, and I so badly want my pictures to show that what we eat is real, clean food that is still within our measly budget.
We’re not hungry.
And we’re certainly not at the drive-thru eating from the dollar menu.
Here’s your Cliff Notes guide to clean eating:
CRAP. Yes. CRAP. I said a bad word, can you believe it?!
- No Carbonated drinks. That Coke, Root Beer, Dr. Pepper and even diet soda is filled with either a ton of sugar or a huge amount of chemicals. Your body doesn’t want it or need it, so ditch it! The amount of money people will spend on empty calories that do nothing for their nutrition boggles my mind. Don’t throw away your money.
- No Refined sugars. Cookies, muffins, candy bar, cereals. They all have refined sugar that will just add inches to your waistline and slow you down. Even flour. Switch to whole grains for breads and pastas and brown rice.
- No Artificial sweeteners. If it has any dyes, preservatives, additives, etc. you can bet it’s full of artificial sweeteners. Stick to natural sweeteners like Stevia, honey and agave and even apple sauce.
- No Processed food. If it’s in a box or a bag it’s been processed. Stick to the outskirts of your supermarket or your local farmers market instead. If God made it, you should have ate it! You will find when you stop buying so many snacks, you’ll have room in your grocery budget for those apples on sale you can eat for a snack instead.
I’ll calm down now and say, just eat FOOD!
- Eat Fruits and Veggies. Anything from the trees or in the ground is fair game. Shop weekly sales and stock up.
- Eat Organic Lean Proteins. We limit our meat consumption and stick to plant-based proteins for the most part at the Brown Bag, but if you are going to eat meat, make sure it came from a happy, organic cow or chicken who wasn’t pumped full of antibiotics, was sick in it’s sub-par living conditions, or wasn’t pumped full of who knows what just to make it sell fast to the public.
- Eat Omega 3’s. Salmon, nuts and nut butters are great ways to get them into your routine. Canned wild salmon is by far your best bang for your buck. Buy nuts in bulk and save on the packaging. Then go home and portion them out into small bags for a quick snack in between meals.
- Drink water. Hey, it’s free and it’s going to benefit you in so many ways.
Following these guidelines will help you feel energized, clear-minded, happier, and will kick those bad cravings to the curb.