(remember this stuff? I like it now. a lot.)
This is all prompted by my Before and After photo-post.
At your request.
Here it is.
Potentially the most dull post ever .
And, to increase the level of dullnessment, I’m gonna pause for a moment and give you my dizclaimer:
This is only what I do. What works for me. Im not a dietitian nor do I long to play one on the internet.
OK, ready? Here is goes.
As I’ve mentioned in the past I never count calories.
Even when I had the freshwoman thirty wrapped firmly around my waist and ass I didnt fret about calories.
I knew I would NOT be willing to count calories for my entire life—-so I figured why even start?
And, as with setting myself up with a workout routine I could maintain for life, I wanted to eat in a fashion I could maintain for the proverbial long haul.
A food plan where Id not neither feel neurotic (again, this is me. food journaling takes me on a one-way trip to CrazyTown) nor constantly STARVING.
So I educated myself.
I learned that a calorie isnt a calorie isnt a calorie & I learned to read labels (want more deets on that aspect? please to let me know in the comments).
I experimented and found what worked for me (see parenthetical aside above. please to let me know in comments).
The below is an example of that.
The short version of what works for me:
*Nary a THOUGHT to macronutrient or micronutrient or ANY NUTRIENT breakdown. I strive to do my best to eat in a fashion that will FUEL MY DAY as much as I can on a daily basis. No figuring of protein grams or counting fat molecules. (yada yada yada see dizclaimer)
*I like to not be famished. I cant think, work or be a good Mama if all Im ruminating on is food. As a result *I* choose to eat clean. Healthy. Food as close to nature as I can. That way I can happily snarf almost 2000 calories a day (& yes weight training helps since it elevates the metabolism) & not worry about fitting into my jeans.
*I eat mini-meals approximately every 3 hours. About six times a day. All of my minimeals are about the same size and approx (Ive zero actually clue) 400 calories.
What do I mean by CLEAN?
Im certain —-as with all things fitness & food—-there are myriad definitions out there so I shall simply claim this as my own.
To me eating clean is consuming everything in its purest form (Im aware of the irony of this when Im chowing down on (finger quote) grilled (unFQ) chicken from places like Fudruckers. Purest, in my case, does not mean organic many times. it’s doing the best I can given the options while not letting food rule my life. at all.).
High quality foods which are as free as you can get them of not-found-in-nature additives.
Back in the proverbial day (when I was a personal trainer) Id often tell my clients not to bother picking up a menu when they went out to eat.
In response to the inevitable look of perplexednessment I’d respond if it wasnt a cheat meal/treat meal then their order was really quite simple:
grilled/steamed/poached (you get the idea. depends on the restaurant) fish/chicken/lean beef, steamed veggies (baked potato if they choose with everything on the side) and a salad.
That’s what I mean by clean (cue chorus of groans here. Ive heard it all before).
And that’s how Id work with clients to learn what foods they enjoyed and pave the way toward 100% mindful eating.
When Im truly eating clean? The packets of plan oatmeal are tossed out (too processed) in favor of the lumpybumpy goodness of slow cooking Irish oats.
That’s what I mean by clean.
When Im truly eating clean? All my mini-meals include a portion of lean protein, some complex carbohydrates (gluten-free pasta/bread/brown rice etc) & a smattering of other fruits and veggies.
When Im truly eating clean? (here’s one for my man Mehmet) I dont add any extra salt to my foods.
Ive never, ever, *ever* hit that last one but you get the idea.
Eating clean is, perhaps, starting with “sauce on the side” and only adding as much as you truly need to make your meal taste good to you.
Eating clean is simply working toward reveling in the taste of the food (again big ups to Mehmet) and not the grease or sauces ladled on top.
What is eating clean not? eating less.
Im not about the being hungry. Ever.
An emailer remarked to me recently that I must eat like a bird so I sent her a typical day of MizFit Food Consumption.
She was shocked.
The cleaner you eat the more calories you can consume while not gaining weight.
We’ve all seen the magazine articles where they show us a donut versus a large bowl of fruit and a stack of crackers *and* a few cubes of cheese and ask which would you rather have for the same amount of calories?
(yeah I know. I, too, oft think: The donut, Writerwoman, so bite me.—-but that’s not today’s topic)
Eating clean is precisely like that magazine article except every, single day.
There you have it.
My definition of the way I now intuitively mindfully eat.
Miz’ version of Clean Eating.
Do you already eat this way & have thoughts you wanna add?
Is the above what youre working toward & have questions for me/other readers about specifics?
Do you beg to differ (as many do) with my definition & wanna clarify for me what EATING CLEAN truly is?
please to hit us all up in the comments.
(Part 2, The Great Snooze Fest which is/are details on my daily food choices, coming tomorrow.)