What is the Eat-Clean Diet® and will it work for me?
Eating Clean is not about deprivation. It’s not about giving up one food group or another. Eating Clean is about giving your body what it needs to thrive. You will get to know which foods are the lifeblood that sustains you and makes you whole, and which foods to steer clear of because of the way they destroy your body.
You have only one body. It’s yours for life. If your body spends all its time trying to rid itself of the garbage you put into it, how will it perform optimally? What you put into it dictates every moment of every day. It dictates whether you are lean, overweight, or obese. It dictates whether you have energy to spare or find yourself falling asleep at your desk. When you give your body everything it needs, it will run along so smoothly you won’t even give it a second thought … that is, until you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or a store window and think about how amazing you look!
The Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle doesn’t require you to pay a monthly fee or to buy special prepackaged foods. Eating Clean is about choosing fresh, whole foods with all of their nutrients intact. Eating Clean will help you eat your way to a fitter and healthier you no matter your age or current fitness level.
When you begin the Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle, you will find almost immediately that you have more energy and that your skin and hair will become lustrous and healthy looking. This is the first sign that you are making a positive change to your health.
Each person will experience a different rate of weight loss. This is because of a number of factors such as starting weight, genetics, the implementation of exercise, and how much you dedicate yourself to Eating Clean.
Healthy weight loss occurs at a rate of two pounds a week. Some weeks you’ll lose more, some weeks you’ll lose less and some weeks you might not see any movement at all. (But don’t let that discourage you! Have faith that this is temporary and that other positive changes are taking place in your body.)
Losing weight at this rate has a number of positive benefits. It helps your skin adjust, which helps to minimize the excess skin that you might have after you finish losing. Your heart, lungs and muscles also need a chance to catch up.
How long will it take until I see results?
Can I follow the Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle if I have an allergy and/or dietary restrictions?
Yes, the Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle is very flexible and can be adapted to work with any dietary issues. Just follow the Eat-Clean Diet® principles (You can find them on pg. 409 of The Eat-Clean Diet® Recharged!) and consume the foods you can. If you are allergic to gluten or can’t eat seafood, then no worries; just don’t eat them!
You do not have to eat meat, eggs or any other animal product to Eat Clean. You just have to make sure you consume protein along with your complex carbohydrates at every meal.
For meat-free meals, you can also use tofu, lentils, beans or quinoa as your source of protein. I add edamame to soups, stews and pilafs. I also uses textured vegetable protein, which is great as a replacement for ground meat in any recipe. You can also add protein powder to your oatmeal and of course you can use it to make protein shakes as well.
I’ve written a cookbook specifically for those who want to Eat Clean without the meat! The Eat-Clean Diet® Vegetarian Cookbook contains a combination of over 150 vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and gluten-free recipes. I’ve also included many vegetarian recipes in The Eat-Clean Diet® Cookbook and The Eat-Clean Diet® for Family and Kids. See The Eat-Clean Diet® Recharged! or The Eat-Clean Diet® Vegetarian Cookbook for a list of high-protein foods from vegetable sources.
Can I follow the Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle if I am vegetarian/vegan?
Can I follow the Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle if I have Diabetes?
If you are thinking of following the Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle, I urge you to discuss this program with your doctor. However, many health care professionals have told me this is exactly how they think diabetics should eat. I am certainly aware of many diabetics who use this program and whom it has helped.
One of the reasons this program is so effective is that it helps to regulate blood sugar. That’s why I don’t suffer from the effects of hypoglycemia anymore. However, I want to reiterate that I am not a doctor, so make sure to show the program to your doctor for approval.
Am I too old to see results?
It is never too late to make a change for the better. Regardless of age, the Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle can help you improve your health and physique. In fact, I once received a wonderful letter from a woman in her 70s who had lost 75 pounds and became a fitness instructor.
How many calories should I be eating each day? How many calories am I eating on this program?
Calorie counting is not really a part of Eating Clean. I never count calories. We now realize that different foods react in different ways in our body. Whereas we may lose weight on 2000 calories per day of Clean food we may gain weight on 1600 calories per day of junk. Many, many people have messed up their metabolisms by worrying too much about calories and not enough about just getting good nutrition regularly throughout the day.
I promise that if you stick to the portion sizes I describe in The Eat-Clean Diet® Recharged!, you will see results while meeting your body’s nutritional needs.