Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Proper Nutrition Part 1: Clean vs. Dirty

Making a lifestyle change starts with a proper foundation in nutriton. Sure one can work out until they vomit, perform cardio until they are blue in the face, or take supplements like its nobody's business - but if your nutriton isn't up to par, you will be seeing very minimal results - nothing like what you are capable of with a strong foundation in nutrition.

It all starts with "clean" eating! What is clean eating? Well that can easily be answered by first talking about what dirty eating is! Pretty self explanatory - dirty eating is the ingestion of unhealthy, fattening products.

Examples of dirty food are:
  • Fast Foods
  • Chips
  • Donuts
  • Fried Foods
  • Pop
  • Pizza
  • Foods loaded with saturated fats
  • Candy
  • etc! the list can go on forever!
On the flipside, clean food is everything that is healthy or "clean" for the body's system. Loaded with vitamins, healthy carbs, high in protein, plenty of omega 3,6,9 fats, and plenty of fiber are all characteristics of clean food.

Clean foods include:
  • Chicken breast
  • Egg whites
  • Omega 3 Eggs
  • All Vegetables
  • Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • Wholewheat and Flax Breads
  • Bulk Oats
  • Whey Protein
  • Etc.!!!
Proper nutrition does take a little more effort to acheive over its dirty counterpart. One must prepare their foods, the luxury of being able to open a box and eat right or heat up a pre-packaged dish are two qualities that go hand and hand with dirty foods.

While it may take longer and take some more effort to eat the proper way, the payoff will be noticeable and permanent!

Stay tuned for additional portions to the Proper Nutriton section.

Happy Eating,

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