WEDDING DIET – CLEAN EATING FOR CHEATS

April 23rd, 2015

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In a previous blog post I spoke about starting the wedding diet as soon as you get engaged to avoid the frantic panic of a fad diet in the last few months of the engagement. One diet, or approach to eating is clean eating and for those of you that want to know the benefits I’ll explain more.

Having been married for a couple of years I have an admission to make, my dietary habits have started to slip and I’m keen to regain control of my waistline, which is why I’ve been looking at diets recently. As you’re engaged to be married this will be something that you’ve probably given a little thought to yourself.

I’m usually a fan of a fad diet although only for a brief period. The 5:2 diet was working for me until I hit one of the ‘2’ days and spent the day feeling, weak, pitiful and a little angry. But clean eating seems like a common sense approach to weight control, balance with exercise this has to be the perfect diet, right?

So what is clean eating? It’s about eating whole food, and the best way to think about it is as simplified approach to food production. When you look down at your plate you should be able to know what went into making that food, which means getting rid of the processed foods, no more pasta sauces or ready meals packed full of salt sugar and other ingredients you have no idea were included. There is more to it than this but I think I can cheat the system over a sustained period rather than taking the short sharp approach but follow the blog to see how I get on.

You might say that clean eating is simple common sense, cut out the junk food and you’ll loose weight. The challenge is keeping it going, we’re so used to food on the go and there are some crushing ingredients that aren’t allowed, including coffee and alcohol. I think that the approach has to be to use clean eating as a guide over a long period of time combined with a little exercise and reduced guilt. Strictly speaking my approach is going to be strict from Monday – Friday and relaxed (glass of wine) at the weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes.
If you want to follow this diet properly then there are a whole heap of good books, but here’s my cheater approach – lets see how well it works:

 

  • Home cooked food
  • Low carb and gluten free
  • Lean protein, no red meats
  • Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks but don’t eat within 2 hours of going to bed
  • Water is your friend. Drink at least 6 large glasses of water per day
  • No caffeine and no booze

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Photography credits:
Leonie Wise – shopping basket
David Di Vernoi  – Mngo & Avocado