Everyone needs something that is simple, sustainable, satisfying, and inspiring!
The best way to make any change is to keep it simple. Simplicity ensures that we can continue what we implement. Sustainable means that we are creating a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods. (ie….keeping it simple so we can keep it up!) Satisfying, well let’s face it, we all want to eat things that are pleasing and live a life that makes us happy! Basically if it’s not inspiring us to move forward, to improve, and to mature; well, it’s not worth our time!
So let’s get down to business!
What does it mean to eat clean? It’s not as difficult as everyone thinks! Eating clean in a nutshell means, consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. So if it is in a box, it shouldn’t be in our cabinet. It is important to remember that this is NOT a diet: no counting calories, carbs, or fats. This lifestyle is simple and sustainable. And yes, once you get started, it is satisfying and definitely inspiring because you will look and feel better!
As we move throughout the year, I will be posting websites and articles that will help us better understand clean eating and how we can begin to incorporate it into our family meals. To get us started here is a great article that breaks down what clean eating is and the many health benefits it brings to the body. http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/the-clean-eating-diet-whats-it-all-about.html
We need to rid our life of all unnecessary negatives: attitudes, stuff/clutter/possessions, time wasting activities, responsibilities that are not ours. That is a year of work within itself! We have to start somewhere!
The first thing we must do is to change our attitude! I have been preaching this for over a year….Choose2Change. For those of you who know me, at least you are familiar with the concept. For those who are new, here it is: Each day the average person will make 612 decisions; who knew? That equates to 773,618 decisions over a lifetime – and unfortunately, most people will come to regret 143,262 of those. Not every decision is life threatening but each one has the potential to create “change” in our life and the lives of those around us. So it boils down to a choice we make to better ourselves!
We must also learn to separate the things that are important in our lives and things that are a distraction to our future. This can prove to be a difficult thing for many but when you begin to prioritize “things” we really see what is significant and what we really need to let go of. Time is something that we need not waste. We must know and trust where we put our energy and our efforts. YOU are simply too important not too!
God has a plan for our life and it doesn’t include unnecessary stops! My husband always says, the best GPS in life is your destiny. When we keep our eyes and our heart set on our God given destiny, we will avoid many pitfalls. If we get our eyes off that destiny, it is much easier to fall into the time and energy wasting schemes that will deplete us. A depleted YOU is an unproductive and unsuccessful YOU!
Now that the foundation of “Eat Clean and Live Lean in 2015” has been laid, we can focus on our health, and our dreams, and our future!