Think eating clean is a hassle? How do you work 12 hours and eat clean? It’s really not that hard. It just takes a little preparation. Trust me. I’m up at 5 or 6 every morning, and unfortunately I do not get to close my eyes until at least midnight, at which time I must cut myself off from working or studying. It’s horrible not being able to get at least 7 hours of sleep, but such is the life of an ambitious law student with two jobs she loves. And that's another reason why I pay so much attention to keeping the other parts of my life as healthy as possible.
So here are a few pointers to help you out each week. It may be so second grade, but if you’re out most of the day like I am, you best stock up on Tupperware, sandwich size Ziploc bags, and a sizeable lunch bag (or purse). My favorite Tupperware is a set I got at Costco—they’re portion size, and I can toss them into anything and not have to worry about them leaking. If I prepare everything at least the night before, all I have to do is toss them into a bag the next morning before I rush out of the house.
Here are some items I always make sure to stock up on:
· Raw almonds (Tip: keep them in the freezer, and they’re always nice and crispy).
· Baby carrots
· Cherry tomatoes
· A big bag of spinach
· Cucumber ( I like to cut these up into sticks, and put them in a bag with carrot sticks and celery sticks.)
· Olive oil
· Lemon and lime
· Berries—strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
· Eggs (Hard boil 6-7 and keep them in the fridge. That way when you don’t have time to prepare a good portion of lean meat, you can grab and go with an egg).
· Corn Thins (great snack)
· Laughing Cow Cheese (35 calories/wedge—I enjoy these sparingly, as cheese is not considered “clean.”)
· All-natural peanut butter (My favorite is from Whole Foods, 365 Peanut Butter Crunchy. Keep in mind, the only ingredient that should be listed in your peanut butter, is peanuts...and salt if you prefer)
· Frozen tilapia, or other fish, chicken, or other lean or organic grass-fed meat (While it’s best not to have to reheat items in the microwaves, for the sake of a busy schedule I like to prepare 6-7 pieces of fish and/or chicken, etc. so that I don’t have to worry about it every night. This way, I can also just throw a serving into a salad the next day, and then I don’t need to worry about reheating.)
· Shakeology bites (Another delicious, guilt-free, all-natural snack to satisfy even the worst sweet tooth. I make a batch and keep them in the fridge, which lasts me more or less than 2 weeks)
· Plain or olive oil popcorn (Your popcorn should never have any other ingredients other than air popped corn, maybe a little salt, and maybe some kind of oil—the best being olive oil).
· Gluten-Free bread (the best brands I’ve found so far are Udi’s and Rudi’s—I know, the names crack me up, especially since they’re 2 different brands with rhyming names)
· Almond milk
· Grits (NOT the instant kind!!)
· Mixed bag of baby potatoes—red, golden, and purple (boil/bake several at once to keep in fridge.
And always carry a water bottle with you. I leave the house every morning with my Shakeology in my to go cup, a thermos of hot water and a lemon wedge, and a large water bottle.
Change things up with different herb seasonings.
Spice things up with natural spices. Spices help you speed up metabolism burn more calories.
Don’t let time stand in your way of being the best person you can and want to be. Say you can’t and you won’t. Say you can and you will ;).
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS