Many of you ask, what exactly is “clean eating?”
Well, allow me to share with you the rules to clean-green eating. For decades we watch celebrities “diet” and get ripped or lean and svelte overnight. The secret? Eating cleaner, juicing/juice cleansing and working out. I take after many of my Japanese ancestors with this mindset. Less is more. Simplicity is key. If you eat less, you will enjoy your food more.
Here are a few basic rules on how to cleanse your body and mind in just one week: Let’s simplify things here, shall we?
1- Juice 2x a day. Skip a full meal in place of a delicious juice. Yes, this will mean less of a caloric intake which will make you “hangry” for a few days (that’s hungry+angry), but thus, without pain, there is no progress. It is ok to give your organs a rest and just eat less. Simple solution, learn to embrace the hunger. Embrace the feeling of NOT being full! Keep, active, keep busy. See below for a list of simple juices to whip up.
2- Eating Cleaner: Eat smaller meals. Consume less. Enjoy your food more. Eat real foods. Eat fresh foods. No processed diet foods. No weight-loss plans. No dieting. No calorie counting! This is all about just eating LESS processed junk and more real, clean food. See below for a list of recommended foods. These are all simple, inexpensive and delicious foods one can enjoy everyday to cleanse thy body and rid themselves of all the junk they have been consuming. Just eat cleaner and greener, and watch the excess bloat and weight melt off, organically.
3- Work out: Yes, you’ve heard it time and time again. You are not going to achieve that svelte, lean and sexy figure without a daily workout. Try something new, perhaps its a class, a yoga session, a private workout at the gym, The Bar Method, a running group, a swim class, a stroller stride, a crossfit session with the boys. Go find a friend or a loved one to work out with! Go have more monogamous, hot sex! Whatever gets you moving, DO IT.
Juices I recommend: Here are a few from my upcoming book, Clean Green Drinks stay tuned for the goodness, coming in a few months:
The Spicy-Ginger Pineapple Green Juice: Baby Spinach, Cucumber, Pineapple
Such a beautiful marriage. You know when two things come together, and it’s just magic? That’s Ginger + Pineapple. Enjoy this delicious and satisfying cleansing juice.
3/4 cup fresh pineapple
3 cups baby spinach
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root
1 medium cucumber
1- In a high-powered juicer, carefully add the pineapple, baby spinach, ginger and cucumber.
Le Peach Kale Juice: Kale, Baby Spinach, Peach, Cucumber
Juicy, fresh peach, spinach and cucumber all lead to one gorgeous, green, lean and clean juice. Just do it. Le Peach Kale.
1 cup kale
4 cups baby spinach
3 /4 fresh peach
1 /2 medium cucumber
1- In a high-powered juicer, carefully add the kale, baby spinach, fresh peach and cucumber.
Recommended foods for Clean Eating: Feel free to load up on foods like:
Quinoa: Amino acids, a complete protein, delicious grain like seed, perfect to replace ordinary pasta or cous cous.
Squash: Kabocha, Acorn, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut etc. Perfect roasted with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
Root Vegetables: Sweet potatoes, Yams, Red Potatoes, Beets, Carrots, Parsnips, some of my favorites, simply roast in the oven with some olive oil, garlic, thyme and sea salt. Delicious!
Avocado: Full of good fat! Great for beautiful skin, hair and nails. I eat an avocado a day.
Fresh Greens: Kale, Arugula, Baby Spinach, Romaine, Mizuna, work perfect in salads, soups and in juices/smoothies.
Fresh Eggs: Full of high quality protein, I love my eggs on G-free toast or in my breakfast burritos. Baked eggs are kinda the hot thing now. At about $2-3 bucks a dozen, no clean eating is not more expensive.
Fresh Fruit: Check out what’s in season by you. Apples, Pears, Bananas, Pineapple, Fresh Berries, Mango, Apple-Pears, Peaches etc. Check your local farmer’s market for what’s in season.
Homemade Soups: Lower in sodium and full of nutrients, I’ve got you covered on soups, just stay right here: Soup for the Soul
Enjoy your food more. It’s okay to consume less. Slim up this season. Summer bodies start in the winter. My love and best, Candice