Today we’re excited to welcome one of our partners, the Fit Foodie, to share a little bit about her view on Clean Eating. If you haven’t checked out our Clean Eating Meal Plan yet to help you in your goals, make sure to do so here. Take it away, Mareya!
I’m Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foodie, television chef and creator of Eat Cleaner® All Natural Food Wash & Wipes products. As a chef I love food, and as a fitness fanatic, I love health and nutrition, so I’ve combined my passions into a lifestyle of clean but deliciously enticing dishes.
That’s one of the reasons I LOVE eMeals – no matter what your nutrition philosophy, even a demanding foodie like myself, they have an easy to follow meal plan for you. Having a solid, simple plan is essential to staying on track with your fit lifestyle and no one does it better than emeals.
In my book, The Clean Eating Handbook, I describe my 31 essential rules to living that “fit foodie” lifestyle. Here is the first step to those essential ingredients:
Fit Foodie Philosophy # 1. Clean it up!
To live a deliciously fit lifestyle, you first have to get rid of all the junk in your gut AND in your pantry!
Step 1: Rehab Your Refrigerator & Purge Your Pantry. To eat cleaner and get leaner, start with cleaning out your fridge and pantry to make way for the good stuff.
How to Clean out your Cabinets: If it’s processed, bleached, contains high fructose corn syrup, anything ‘hydrogenated’, the word ‘artificial’, ‘trans fats’, 8 syllable words it’s outta’ there.
Sodium and sugar are also something to look for. Your goal should be to keep your sugar intake to less than 50 grams per day and sodium to 2300 mg (1.5 teaspoons).
If you have a box of ‘emergency cookies’ or ‘only eat them when there’s nothing in the house’ bag of chips on the top shelf, you better believe they’re going to find a way into your mouth. Toss them! Just like your closet, once you purge the foods that don’t fit you anymore, you’ll have room in your wardrobe for the new ingredients that suit your cleaner lifestyle.
Do I really have to get rid of all this stuff I love to eat?
Something happened to us as a society right around the end of WW II when we entered into the Cold War Era. Manufacturers began making ‘phood’ – you know, that chemically injected, processed fake food that could survive nuclear devastation unaltered.
Processed beef and pork byproducts molded into a square, canned anything, and cello-wrapped cakes with an infinite shelf life were bomb shelter favorites and made their way into the hearts and clogged arteries of Americans everywhere. Sadly, these complex chemistry experiments, with ingredient lists a paragraph long, quickly bulked up our grocery store shelves. Did we ever stop to ask ourselves: should we be eating it if it can never decompose, and will it do the same once it gets inside my body?
We’re happy to report the cold war is officially over. So, if our diets become full of fresh food that does have a shelf life – mostly fruit and vegetables, lean protein and high quality fats – we’re eating as nature intended.
It’s time to get fresh.
Your refrigerator should look more like a salad bar, with less emphasis on shelf stable, processed foods in a box.
One-ingredient foods reign supreme. Pantry and fridge items should help you round out your balanced meals, including good sources of protein, complex carbohydrates, what I call ‘superfood add-ons’, spices, condiments and high quality oils that contribute essential fatty acids.
Step 2: Clean Your Fruits & Veggies!
Cleaning out your pantry is the first step. The second is equally important – making sure what you put in your mouth is clean of bacteria, pesticides, and other disease and cancer causing agents. Don’t be the victim of “dirty clean food”.
Believe it or not, most of your fruits and vegetables are covered with wax to withstand the average 1,500 mile journey and over 20 sets of hands from field to fork. Wax seals in pesticide residue and debris, which can not be removed with water. This video will show you the incredible difference between cleaned and uncleaned produce:
Pesticide exposure is linked to Autism, Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and other autoimmune Diseases. There were 48 million reported cases of food borne illness and 3,000 deaths last year in the U.S. alone. The majority of food borne illness is caused by leafy greens, NOT meat products.
The only way to clean that waterproof wax, bacteria, and harmful chemicals off your produce is with a fruit and vegetable cleaner. Rising with just water will NOT remove the wax, most pesticides or residue that can carry bacteria.
To remove the wax, pesticide residues and dirt that can carry harmful bacteria and chemicals naturally, I created the award winning Eat Cleaner Food Wash & Wipes. Eat Cleaner is the ONLY All Natural Fruit and Vegetable Wash that will also inhibit food browning while prolonging the shelf life of your fresh produce up to 200% longer, saving you money.
Because we are both proponents of a healthy lifestyle, I’ve teamed up with emeals to offer their readers a special deal for 15% to try Eat Cleaner products with discount code emeals15. Now when you buy and prep all those fruits and veggies for your emeals meal plan for the week, they’ll be truly clean, they’ll taste better, and they’ll last longer in your fridge so you can protect and preserve your plate. Does it get any better?
Mareya Ibrahim, The Fit Foodie