You will have probably heard people using the term “clean eating”, but what does this actually mean? Firstly, it does not imply that if you're not "eating clean," the food you are eating is dirty or unhygienic! Clean eating is a popular healthy-eating concept that is endorsed by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow. Many clean-eating plans call for eliminating certain food groups, such as dairy, processed grains, sugar, salt and caffeine from your diet. Eating clean is also about being mindful of what you are consuming on a daily basis.
At Mytime Active, our nutrition experts don't believe in being too restrictive when it comes to your diet. We advocate a good all-round, balanced diet, as well as some physical activity too!
Our tips for eating well include the following:
- Embrace whole, natural foods
Put simply, go for vegetables, fruits, whole grains, as well as healthy proteins and fats. Cut back on processed foods, refined grains, additives, preservatives, trans fats, and reduce added sugar and salt. Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet will help to reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
- Feed your body what it needs
A balanced meal should contain a portion of protein, vegetables, grains and/or fibre. If you’re thinking about joining or re-joining the gym, then your body will need “muscle food” to help you repair muscle tissue after a good workout and to help sustain your energy levels. Our fitness professionals advocate consuming healthy sources of protein post-workout, such as yoghurt, eggs, pulses and beans.
- Save time and money with healthy meal planning
Once you get into the swing of healthy eating, you will find it much easier to plan your meals in advance. Last minute meals tend to lead to unhealthy and costly choices. Last-minute shopping trips lead to less quality time with friends and family, and less time for fitness activities.
Why not combine a workout, round of golf, or a catch up with a friend with a healthy, balanced meal at one of our cafes or restaurants?