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Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner. The Fit February Challenge is ON.

February 1, 2011
 

 

So you forgot your January resolutions. It's Fit February. Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner with Us for a Lifetime. What does it mean to Eat Cleaner? It’s not a diet. That’s a 4-letter word. It’s a lifestyle and a balanced approach to food – from its nutritional content to how it’s prepared – bringing you better health, one bite at a time. At the end of the day, it’s the quality and quantity that count. When you cut the junk and chemicals, amazing things happen. Join us here each day this month on our blog and our Facebook page for a Fit Tip that will keep you hungry for more. Ready to join? Here are the ground rules:

 1)      Fruit and veggies own half the plate.  It may be hard to keep track of 5-9 servings a day but if you stick to a half the plate approach, getting your produce in at every meal is a cinch. Fresh fruit and veggies deliver more phytonutrients and antioxidants than any other food on the planet.  For the rest of the plate, pick lean protein and a complex carbohydrate.  The baseline is 1200 calories per day for women and 1800 calories per day for men so manage your intake accordingly (note, if you are active, you need more.  Try this calculator for a better estimate.  

2)      Limit oil and steer clear of saturated and trans fats.  That means fried foods, hydrogenated fat and foods loaded with animal fat, delivering heart clogging cholesterol and fat that can’t be processed by your body.  According to the American Heart Association, limit total fat intake to less than 25–35 percent of your total calories each day.  Raw food is packed with enzymes that love your body.  If it is cooked, broiled and baked is best.

3)      Avoid processed and refined foods and snacks. You won’t miss the artificial flavors, colors and preservatives in most processed grocery items.  Also watch for frozen, prepared meals as they’re high in sodium.  Fresh is always best. Fill your shopping cart with foods from the perimeter of the store and opt for complex carbohydrates that are richer in nutrients.  Real labels diligently.

4)      Choose pesticide and antibiotic-free options.  Chemical pesticides, preservatives, colors and additives can actually prevent you from losing weight, interfering with the body’s ability to properly process nutrients.  This includes produce, dairy and all animal protein.  Eat Cleaner can help remove pesticide residue and wax from non-organic produce and the surface of seafood and chicken.

5)      Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water helps flush toxins, keeps you hydrated and controls your appetite. Thirst often disguises itself as hunger.***Print this certificate and keep it on your fridge as your accountability.  Welcome to the Cleaner Plate Club.***Are you in? Join our Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner Feb Fit Challenge

***Print this certificate and keep it on your fridge as your accountability partner.  And remember, we’re here to support you.  Welcome to the Cleaner Plate Club.***

Are you in? Join our Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner Feb Fit Challenge

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