Eating Clean and Lowering Those Carbs in January!
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Create Your Own Meal Plan!
January is the time when we commit to new years resolutions and get started with our 2016 goals. One of the top goals that millions of people set for themselves is losing weight, but they go for quick fix plans instead of doing the work of creating a new lifestyle. Creating a eating plan that you can live with takes time, but it is key to long term success. This month, we are going to kick off our 2016 weight loss journey by eating clean, counting carbs and planning our meals.
You will prep and research Jan 1-10 and begin changing your eating habits by January 11th. Sign up for our email list to receive this month’s tips, recipes and resources.
What is clean eating? – Clean eating acknowledges that we don’t want to just lose weight, we want to eat food that is healthy. When you eat clean you will be eating more unprocessed, whole foods that are prepared or cooked in ways that don’t add extra chemicals, preservatives, refined sugar, etc. We are talking about fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meats, meat substitutes like tofu, soy, whole grains, lots of water, healthy dairy and fresh juice. We will avoid fried food, fast food, junk food, bleached white flour, artificial ingredients, soda, commercial juice and sugary drinks, refined sugar (white sugar, corn syrup), and foods with chemicals, like dyes and trans fat. You will likely be cooking at lot more food at home, making green smoothies, researching recipes and looking for healthy snacks. Have no fear! We’ve got a Clean Eating Foods List to get you started and a list of resources below.
Learn how to create a eating plan that works for you.
This month we want you to explore how to balance your calories, carbs, protein, fat, sugar and fiber intake. The area we want you to focus on first is carbs.
Step 1 – During the first week of January you will complete this step: Use a food calculator to determine how many calories and nutrients you will be eating each day. Then you will begin tracking your food intake via paper or the website/app of your choice and continue through the end of the month. There is NO one size fits all plan, so you have to do the work and do some research. It will take some time for you to find the right mix of foods…but you have to start somewhere. Take advantage of all the tools and information available.
Step 2 – During the first week of January, you will do your research to find information, articles, books, recipes and meal plans that will help you to plan out your meals for Jan 11-Jan 31st. We all have different needs. YOU have to do the work to find a way of eating that works for you. No Excuses! Pull out those books and seek out information online. You may find free nutrition programs in your area sponsored by hospitals or state/local government agencies. Invest in working with a registered dietitian or nutritionist if you can. We will be sending you lots of information via email this month as well.
Step 3 – Jan 11th-31st – Eat Clean and Lower Your Carbs if You Are Overeating Them.
Eat Clean, Whole Foods 80-100% of the time. Yes, this will leave you some room for cheat meals/snacks, but don’t go overboard. Download our ebook guide to clean eating for more guidance.
Track your carbs with an app, website or paper log so that you don’t overeat. Making carbs 30-45% of your daily calories is a good place to start. (Example: 1400 calories a day x 35% = 490 calories/122.5 grams of carbs a day.) The amount of carbs you eat should be inline with your dietary and medical needs. If you are doing strenuous exercise, you may want to be more on the 40-45% side. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you’ll likely be eating at least 45-50% carbs. Ultimately, you have to decide what works for you by doing your research. (If you have medical issues, like diabetes or are pregnant, follow the guidelines from your doctor. See the health disclaimer below.)
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Clean Eating Resources for this Challenge
I’ve created a downloadable e-book guide to help you navigate clean eating, “Clean Eating for Wellness and Weight Loss“. Get your copy today for just $7.99. It’s also available on Amazon.
- 19 Clean Eating, Low Carb Breakfast Recipes
- BWLW’s Free 4 Week Clean Eating Meal Plan
- Free 4 Week Vegetarian Meal Plan
- 10 Tips for Eating Clean on a Budget
- 2 Day Sample Clean Eating Menu
- The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter 2016: Pocket-Size Edition
- Betty Crocker The 300 Calorie Cookbook
- Hungry Girl 300 Under 300
- 400 Calorie Fix Cookbook
- WebMD: What does low carb really mean?
- Eat real, whole food, not diet food. Avoid artificial sweeteners.
- Drink plenty of water. 64oz or more is a good goal.
- Prep meals 1-2 day in advance or prepare at least 1 meal at home each day.
- Keep meals simple and keep ingredients to a minimum. The more simple the meals, the easier it will be for you to stay on track with meal prepping and cooking.
- Don’t buy junk! If you don’t buy it, you will be less likely to eat it.
- Stop eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- If you have to eat at a restaurant, look up the menu online ahead of time for nutrition information.
- ANY fruits or veggies you like (fresh or frozen). If your goal is to go low carb, stay away from fruits with a high glycemic index/high in sugar.
Leave a comment below and let us know what your weight loss and wellness goals are for 2016.
Photo Accountability – Post photos of your meals, meal prep photos, workout photos and inspirational quotes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #BWLWJan
Health Disclaimer: I don’t recommend this challenge or any diet plan/major eating overhaul for women who are pregnant or anyone dealing with chronic illness. Talk with a doctor and/or registered dietitian/nutritionist if you have nutrition questions or want to get a meal plan customized for your health needs. Do not try this challenge without speaking with a doctor, if you have health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gallbladder problems, liver problems, pancreas issues, pre-diabetes or digestive disorders. Reducing sugar and carb intake will affect your insulin levels and it’s important that you know how that will affect you.