Friday, September 6, 2013

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Eating for Fall

Another Conscious Cleanse starts on September 9. Registration is closed, but even if you aren’t doing an official cleanse, here are some things I do when I feel it’s time to clean things up a bit (many of them I learned by doing the Conscious Cleanse twice and from reading the The Conscious Cleanse book):

  • Start each day with 32 ounces of warm lemon water. I squeeze the juice of one lemon into the water. If you like your water less “lemony,” you can use the juice of half a lemon. I feel so much better when I start the day with lots of water.
  • Have a green smoothie for breakfast most days. Here is my favorite smoothie combo: 1 small banana (or 1/2) banana, lots and lots of spinach (I really pack my big blender full with it), 2 Tbs hemp seeds, 1.5 cups water, a little stevia (optional), some frozen mango, strawberries, and peaches (I buy an organic mix at Costco). While this is my favorite combo, I make sure to rotate my greens on a regular basis. Other greens I often use are Swiss chard, beet greens, and kale.
  • Make veggies the main part of every meal. This starts at breakfast with lots of greens. For all the other meals, I fill up my plate with veggies and add some protein or grains as “garnish.” In addition to salads and raw veggies, veggie soups, veggie stews, and veggie casseroles are great ways to eat lots of veggies in the fall. Great dips for raw veggies are homemade hummus, guacamole, and salsa.
  • Cut out added sugar. This includes condiments, such as organic ketchup. I always have to work on this one. A great sweet treat is one date.
  • Limit (or eliminate) processed foods as much as possible. The more I plan, the better I am at this.
Questions: What’s one food/drink choice you think you could/should clean up? What’s your favorite fall veggie? I’m definitely looking forward to all the fall/winter squashes.

Be well,
Andrea

30 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! I like this post a lot. I am constantly revising my eating plan to tighten it up. Unhealthy foods keep sneaking into it, and I keep trying to take them out. It definitely does take some analysis and thought to eat well. :D

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    1. Yes, it's easy for unhealthy foods and habits to sneak back into your eating plan... :)

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  2. I always start every day with a huge glass of water, because sleeping is actually very dehydrating! And making veggies the main part of every dish is a dietitian's dream ;) Celebrating veggies is something that's way overdue!

    I don't know if I could pick just one favorite fall veggie. Hmm ... I do love pumpkin and winter squash ... and yams and sweet potatoes ... so many good choices :)

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    1. Yes, sleeping is very dehydrating.

      And you are right, there are too many amazing fall veggies to choose just one! :)

      Have a great weekend, Jessie!

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  3. I REALLY need to do the cut out processed sugars thing!

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    1. It's really easy to get too much added sugar...

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  4. These are great tips and reminders! A cold smoothie isn't always appealing to me during cold weather...any other sneaky suggestions?

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    1. I sometimes eat leftover veggie stir fry with a little brown rice. I also like oatmeal with fruits and nuts. But I then always feel like I'm "behind" on the veggies. Yes, I can be a bit obsessive like that... ;)

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  5. We are coming into spring here so I'm looking forward to all the berries coming into season and not being so expensive :)

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    1. Enjoy spring and delicious berries!

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  6. Favorite fall veggie is DEFINITELY winter squash, however, these days, it's around year round! I am obsessed with spaghetti squash and cannot go a day with out it, I am dead serious! I go through about 15 pounds in 2 days - So weird, but so very true, lol

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    1. I love spaghetti squash, too. Looking forward to having some!

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  7. Great points! I think I do my best with balance in life. I am not much of a smoothie person these days but I eat my veggies! :)

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    1. I know you do! :) We all have to do what works for us! :)

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  8. Good idea not just to "clean up eating" but to have specific ways to do it. I have trouble with water first thing (because I go to coffee) but will try, thanks for reminder. Juicing also makes me feel like I'm putting in the added effort. Discrete eating times. I'm already g-free but days without sweet potato and quinoa feel a little better when I'm open to that.

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    1. I didn't drink water first thing when I drank coffee in the morning either. I somehow haven't been in the mood for juicing lately. It's a shame since summer is clearly the best time to do it...

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  9. So you don't add any milk to your smoothies? Interesting! I am going to start doing the lemon water 1st thing - I actually love it but never think about it.

    Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite fall veggies - even though I can buy it all year round, I don't start wanting it until the fall/winter.

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    1. Nope, no milk in the smooties. But the frozen fruit makes is nice and "creamy."

      I love spaghetti squash and will have to make some soon!

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  10. I try to make the last three points a habit. I won't be cutting out all sugar (not in baked things I make) and processed foods but 95% should be like this. The biological fruit and veggies box will help me with that.

    I am cutting down alcohol.

    I don't have a favorite fall vegetable.

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    1. Veggie boxes are great for eating more and a larger variety of veggies & fruits.

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  11. salt.
    I ROCK THE NO/LOW LOW SUGAR
    I love me my salt.
    too much :-)

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    1. I know you love salt, Carla! :) I used to seriously dislike anything sweet and went straight for the salt when I was younger.

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  12. Totally needed this after coming back from a week of my in-laws. I never want to see pie again.

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    1. Hope you enjoyed the pie! :) But it always feels good to clean things up after some indulging.

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  13. I need to start my days with smoothies and warm lemon water. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Smoothies and warm lemon water are great ways to start the day! :)

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  14. Thanks for the tips Andrea...and I agree with you about planning, and processed food...at the moment I am trying to increase grains and veggies in my diet.
    Have a great week ahead :D

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  15. Beer is probably my biggest vice... I do need to cut back on the beer. :-( And cookies are another that I need to cut out of my diet.

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