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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Clean Eating is part of our Ironman Training Program

What exactly is clean eating?  Clean Eating means you eat lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats 5-6 times throughout the day.  Eating clean is not a fad diet; it is a way of life that keeps you lean, healthy and full of energy.  Eating clean is about choosing fresh, whole foods that have all of their nutrients intact.

We try to avoid as many processed foods as possible and are always looking at the ingredients when purchasing foods.  We look for additives, preservatives and sugar and avoid all of these as much as possible.  Sugar affects blood sugar like a roller coaster ride.  As the sugar intake increases, the amount of insulin needed to offset that sugar is also increased.  The rise in insulin levels in the blood causes the blood sugar level to plummet and the ride continues as you consume more sugar to offset the rising insulin.  By eliminating this from our diet, we are avoiding this roller coaster ride.  Our bodies have responded amazingly!!  By neglecting these "poisons" from our diet, we feel more energetic and have not been sick as often.

Choosing fresh foods allows us to avoid the blood sugar roller coaster ride, remain healthy and full of energy.  These fresh foods fill us with all of the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients our bodies need to do what we want them to...perform effectively on a daily basis, perform effectively while training and perform effectively during competition.  We have more energy during our training and throughout the rest of our days.

Clean Eating requires some planning.  We have to figure out what meals we want to make for the week, what day of the week we are going to make each meal and plan our grocery list around these meals.  This grocery list planning is also helping us to save money because we are not purchasing random foods at the grocery store that will eventually spoil before we use them.

I would strongly recommend Clean Eating to anyone interested in feeling more energetic and healthier!!  It has definitely benefited us!!

1 comment:

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