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Three Simple Clean Eating Tips

Clean eating means different things to different people. But regardless of your diet, it’s always a good idea to try to clean things up and keep your body well-fueled with a healthy diet.

I’m not hear to convert you to veganism or to try to change your mind about what you’re putting in your body. My goal with these clean eating tips are to show you how small changes can help you make strides in your health journey.

Cut Processed Foods:

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re probably not going to meet your weight or healthy living goals by eating takeout, microwave meals, or processed “food” filled with sugar, salt, dyes, and chemicals.

Start small, definitely, but you should start!

Step one – Try switching out those highly processed products for fresh, whole foods. Check out my new Eat This Not That series for some tips on how to make some healthy swaps.

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There are some packaged foods that a clean eater can still rely on – Certain protein powders, protein bars, grains, veggie burgers, and other minimally processed health-oriented products.

So how do you know whether it’s a good idea to eat a particular packaged item?

Read the label!

Are there a million ingredients? Are you unable to pronounce any of the chemical additives? Is the first ingredient cane sugar? Those are all ways to clue yourself in that an item isn’t going to be the best choice. A small number of whole food ingredients is what you should look for on the label of an acceptable packaged food item.

Cook:

Making your own food at home {or in your office, or dorm, wherever} is important to meet your goals. You want to start with fresh produce and whole foods – But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple salads, stir fries, or tray bakes can be quick, easy, and satisfying.

Try to formulate a meal around hitting the following items: (1) Produce – Fresh is better, but frozen is better than nothing! (2) Protein – Meats, eggs, beans, seeds, lentils, tofu, or veggie burgers. (3) Whole Grains – Brown rice, quinoa, Ezekiel bread, amaranth etc.

There are a million options and combinations – Just try to hit those three groups, add some seasoning {spices are better than pre-made sauces, but if you try a bottled sauce be sure to check the ingredients}, and eat raw or cook to your liking.

And I promise you, by following these three tips you can dramatically change your lifestyle and start meeting your goals.

What do YOU think of these tips? Are these changes you can implement?

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Fashion:

BlondeSalad

Having a fresh perspective on the clothes in your closet and all of the possibilities is a great feeling to have, so why not take some advice from top fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni of the Blonde Salad – Outfit Ecstasy.

Finding great outerwear to keep you warm this Winter can be a challenge – Whether you’re looking for a fabulous blazer, warm overcoat, or stylish peacoat Mr. Brad Goreski has the goods – Menswear: My Winter Coat Guide.

Not sure how to pair your cold-weather pieces in fun, interesting new ways this Winter? Check out Rachel Zoe’s fabulous team and their killer street style for great inspiration – RZNY To The Streets.

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Models are known for their ability to mix and match – They have access to great designer gear and new pieces from collections before we can even get our hands on them – So let’s turn to some oh-so-fashionable models for their tips on Winter accessorizing – Chic Accessories to Keep You Warm This Winter.

Putting together a fun, festive, chic look for your next holiday party is a must – Check out WhoWhatWear’s Styling Tips: Holiday Parties for some fun tips & inspiration to help you find the perfect look for you!

Health & Fitness:

Eating a healthy, clean diet is the best way to improve your health, sleep more soundly, and fuel your workouts – Not sure where to start? Check out Eating Well’s Clean Up Your Diet and Lose Weight.

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Potato salad may seem like a fat-laden Summer treat but Fat Free Vegan has turned a traditional dish into some delicious, healthy, and perfect for this season – Tunisian-Inspired Chickpea and Potato Salad.

Turning off your brain, reducing stress, and relaxing into sleep isn’t always an easy task. If you need some tips & ideas here’s a great place to start – Try These Yoga Poses For a Better Night’s Rest!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, squeezing in a workout – even a small one – will improve your mood & reduce your stress levels exponentially. Even if you don’t have a lot of time there are options – 15-Minute Mind-Body Workout Circuit.

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I’m a big fan of mint – Everything from candles to candy to desserts – So this next recipe really caught my attention. Then it caught my taste buds. I highly recommend giving this a try if you’re a fan of ice cream or thin mint cookies – Protein Thin Mint Ice Cream.

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Health & Nutrition:

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Sometimes going to the gym sounds like the worst thing in the world. Sometimes the weather is awful when you were dying to go for a run. Well if you have a set of dumbbells (or you could easily use a kettlebell or weighted bosu ball) you can tackle this rainy day workout!

I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting smoothie recipes so when I was browsing Organice Your Life and saw this Raw Green Coconut Shake recipe I was thrilled.

Don’t think you have time for a full workout? Why not try this Women’s Health Get Fit In Only 15 Minutes: Skinny Jeans Workout which includes the very important squats & lunges or FitSugar’s BOSU Circuit Workout.

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In the mood for something sweet? Or do you want a treat for family or friends that’s healthy as well as tasty? Check out the super healthy and oh-so-simple Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies over at Peas And Thank You or

I always get excited when I can add a fun new recipe to my rotation of favorites. Something quick, easy, and delicious. Well, if you’re like me, you’ll want to try Choosing Raw’s Curried Quinoa & Aduki Bean Patties – They’re savory and filling, and easily adapted based on the ingredients you have on hand, a home run in my book.

Fashion:

Whenever I want a dose of inspiration one of my go-to websites is WhoWhatWear – From Style Stalker posts to reviews of new collections to street style breakdowns, they’ve always got you covered – Styling Tips For September.

Street style is a fun and evolving part of fashion and fashion blogging and I’ve been enjoying the pictures online for ages – From bloggers to fashion insiders to models to celebrities. It’s a great way to get inspired or to see what’s trendy and hot right now. And with four Fashion Weeks coming up, it’s time to give it a closer look – A Street-Style Primer For The September Shows. Or check out one of my favorite model street style blogs out there for up to date shots from the shows – Altamira: Models Off Duty.

The accessories are probably my favorite part about dressing for Fall and Winter. Scarves, gloves, hats, outerwear… Swoon! FabSugar agrees – Best Fall Scarves 2012: It’s a Wrap — Shop the Best Layering Scarves For Early Fall.

I love vintage-inspired styles and loved this post on finding some great pieces that are perfect for Fall and fabulously retro – Finding the perfect 1970s shoulder bag.

I’m a bun girl through and through so I was excited by all of the buns on the runways for Fall. If you’re of a similar mind, check out Harper’s Bazaar’s The Return Of The Bun or Best Celebrity Top Knots: The Fun Bun Hall of Fame.

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