Chelsea Crockett

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Clean Eating – What is it?

I have been hearing the phrase “clean eating” a lot lately. What exactly IS clean eating? I always knew it had to do with eating healthy and weight loss, but…

I have been hearing the phrase “clean eating” a lot lately. What exactly IS clean eating? I always knew it had to do with eating healthy and weight loss, but I never really knew exactly what it entailed.  Clean eating is simple. It is the concept of eating healthy, whole, unprocessed foods.  Here is a little more info on what clean eating is. Who knows, maybe you will want to try it out for yourself!

  1. Choose foods that are unrefined: This means that you eat more whole grains like quinoa and beans as well. Clean sugars are sugars like honey, agave, and maple syrup.
  2. Be aware of salt, sugar, and fat: When you cut out processed foods, it makes it a lot easier to do this! These are responsible for a lot of the extra calories we take in every day. Clean foods are naturally low in those three things.
  3. Don’t drink your calories: High calorie drinks like flavored coffee and soft drinks add an extra four to five hundred calories a day. Yikes! Choose water or green tea instead.
  4. Include carbs, fat, and protein in every meal: We usually get enough carbs and fat in our diet, but a lot of times we lack protein. Protein is important when you are trying to build muscle and can also keep you fuller longer.
  5. Minimize processed food: Try and focus on eating natural foods, not foods that are out of a box or can.

I am trying my best to eat clean, and if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, then you will too!

XOXO, Chels

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Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

When you think of carbs do you automatically think “BAD! DON’T EAT THEM!” If so, then you are not alone. Until recently, I thought all carbs were bad. You will…

When you think of carbs do you automatically think “BAD! DON’T EAT THEM!” If so, then you are not alone. Until recently, I thought all carbs were bad. You will hear diets talk about cutting out carbs or eating less of them. There is actually such a thing as good carbs! Here is a list of good carbs and bad carbs to help you know which are OK to eat and which you should avoid.

Good:

  • Fresh fruits, fresh veggies, beans, peas, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, pure oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, potatoes, walnuts, peanuts, almonds.
  • Why are these good? They are high in fiber, they have natural sugars, low insulin levels, they slow digestion, give you energy, keep you full longer, and help with weight loss.

Bad:

  • Fruit juices, soda, cookies, pasteries, cakes, white bread, white crackers, pasta, chocolate and candy, ice cream, frozen yogurt, potato chips, french fries.
  • Why are these bad? The are refined and processed foods, low fiber, they make you hungry faster, have added sugars, high insulin levels, these carbs convert into fat cells, and cause weight gain.

How come so many of the foods on the bad carbs list are my favorite foods?! This list shows us the foods we should be eating and the foods we should be eating in moderation. Just because a food is on the bad carb list doesn’t mean we can’t have it every once in a while! It just means you need to eat more of the good than the bad. 😊 I am going to try to eat more of the good, and less of the bad. Will you join me?

XOXO, Chels

 

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What to Eat When You First Wake Up

As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although many people like to skip breakfast, it really is essential in waking you up and giving…

As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although many people like to skip breakfast, it really is essential in waking you up and giving you energy!  Now I wouldn’t count a donut as good fuel, but there are specific foods that are perfect to get your day started off right.  Check out which foods you should keep in your kitchen to eat right when you wake up!Chelsea Crockett- bran cereal

Eating 30 minutes after you wake up is key for your metabolism. It’s the perfect time to digest food faster and burn off more calories as you consume the food.  Since your body is burning a larger amount of calories, it’s important to load up on carbs and protein first thing in the morning.  Grabbing a whole wheat piece of toast, eggs, and some fruit is an ideal breakfast.  Now, I understand many of us don’t have time to cook ourselves breakfast before school, so if you’re on the go, try Greek yogurt or bran cereal.  Greek yogurt is packed full of protein and even gives you a great amount of dairy.  Bran cereals are packed with fiber and B-vitamins which keep you fuller longer.  This way, you won’t find yourself day dreaming about lunch during class.

This school year, I challenge you not to skip breakfast! Your body craves a energy packed meal!

Love,

Chelsea

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