Day 2: 30 Days of Clean Eating | Why Should I Eat Clean

by Sherri on January 3, 2014 · 1 comment · 30 Days of Clean Eating

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Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietary professional. This information is solely from my own reading and interpretation and my personal opinion.

Understanding what we eat and why we eat it is so important. You are probably familiar with this information but just in case, I wanted to explain a few very important things as we get started on Day 2 of our 30 Days to Clean Eating series.

Fat is a great fuel source for the body. Three times better than carbs. Your body will store as much fat as possible because it is such a valuable energy source, but it has to be broken down to be used.  Fats you need are found naturally in meats and certain other sources such as nuts, oils, olives, seeds, etc. Therefore, you need VERY LITTLE of it added to your diet.

Simple sugars on the other hand are ready to burn right away. BUT, unless you are in the middle of a strenuous workout, your body stores any simple sugars as fat. All sugars, corn syrup, fructose (fruit juices), high fructose corn syrup, etc…. will turn to fat if not used right away.

Next is carbs.  Bread, pasta, fruit, rice, flour, oats, potatoes, etc. Are carbohydrates bad? No, I don’t think at all UNLESS you add fat and or sugars to them! Carbs are the bodies second best fuel source. If sugars are added carbs, it will use the sugar first for energy and store the rest as fat. If fat is added to carbs, it will store the fat and use the carbs for energy therefore adding to your fat storage. If it’s just clean carbs, your body it will burn that.

Now for Proteins. Protein has very little energy to burn for the body. Protein builds and repairs muscle and that is its primary function… not fuel. So teaming protein and carbs without sugar is a great combination. Lean chicken and turkey, fish, grass fed beef, beans and lentils are all good sources of protein.

If you are just getting started, be sure to read Day 1 – What to Buy that I posted yesterday. And I am posting my meals today on Facebook :-)

My meals yesterday?

Breakfast: Egg Whites with Spinach and Mushroom (no Butter, I used Coconut Oil instead)

Egg Whites with Spinach and Mushrooms
Lunch - leftover Steelhead trout over rice with avocado, cilantro and fresh salsa

Steelhead Trout over rice with Avocado, Salsa and Cilantro

- We had already had plans to have dinner at a Friend’s house before I started this. I was majorly challenged by homemade lasagna and I did sneak a little piece (about 1/2 cup worth) but they had an amazing salad bar setup with grilled chicken. And I completely forgot to take a picture. I will get used to doing that by the end of this challenge. Picture before I dig in. :-)

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