Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What is Clean Eating?

Hi friends! If you've been here before, you'll know that I've really been trying to work out and eat better in order to get healthier - that college frozen food diet doesn't really do much good for your organs! Monica reached out to me to do a guest post on clean eating and I know I enjoyed it, so I thought you guys would too. It can sometimes be really overwhelming to totally overhaul your diet and exercise routine, so easy to read and implement articles like these are my favorite because you can take it one step at a time! Whether you're wanting to get in better shape for the summer or just wanting to start better habits in general, I think you'll love today's guest post!
Now, even if you’re not a big fan of trendy diets, you’ve probably heard about the concept of “Clean Eating” in the past couple of months.
Basically, it’s a concept that puts an emphasis on healthy, unprocessed foods and while the buzzword is relatively new, the principles of this diet are older than you probably think.
As you’ll see, Clean Eating is a relatively simple concept that doesn’t require any major lifestyle changes, like some other diets out there.
It doesn’t revolve around the idea that you should consume more or less of specific foods, the idea is more about being aware where your food comes from.
So now you’re probably wondering, what are its principles?

The Core Principles of Clean Eating

Well, they are quite similar to recommendations made by some more famous health organizations. In short, this is not exactly a diet; it’s actually a flexible lifestyle that can fit basically any routine.
The concept dates back to 1960s and the so called “Health Food Movement” that rejected processed and genetically modified foods, for the sake of societal values.
After a decade or so, the diet found its way to the gyms all across the world, where it became extremely popular among both fitness enthusiast and professional body builders.
A few years ago, the diet made the jump to the mainstream and started inspiring a new generation of people. Over the years, the concept slowly developed and today, it has five rules.

The Rules of Clean Eating

1.    Unrefined Foods over Refined Ones

Even though it probably won’t be possible all the time, you should try to increase your consumption of brown rice, quinoa and other whole grains as much as you can. Furthermore, legumes and beans are probably as important as whole grains. And if you’re wondering about clean sugars, you simply should increase your intake of honey and maple syrup.

2.    Minimize Processed Foods as Much as Possible

So what actually are processed foods? Well, just think of it this way – processed foods are essentially those that can be found in packages like boxes, bags and cans. Now, if you don’t know where to find fresh foods, or don’t have the time to go to your local market, don’t worry, because there are many meal delivery services that send fresh supplies to your door on a weekly basis. 

3.    You Need Carbs, Proteins and Fats in Every Meal

A lot of people include fats and carbs into most meals they eat every day, but our meals often lack protein – especially in the morning. It's important to understand that protein works as a muscle builder that curbs your appetite, and naturally, if you pack every meal with protein, you’ll feel more full throughout the day. Just make sure to find what foods are full of protein so you could space them out properly. 

4.    Don’t Consume Too Much Sugar or Salt

While most of us feel nervous without our daily dose of sugar, cutting it out from your diet is not as difficult as you might think. For instance, if you simply cut out the processed foods from your diet, you’ll also cut a lot of sugar and salt, because they are mostly responsible for your high sugar and salt intake. Clean and natural foods are of course, pretty low in these ingredients, and the more you eat clean foods the less you'll crave the bad stuff. 

5.    Eat at Least Five Meals throughout the Day

So how many meals do you typically eat? I bet it’s not more than three. But if you embrace Clean Eating, you need to start eating at least five meals per day (although there’s nothing wrong with seven meals. This includes three main meals and two to four snacks, which prevent you from overeating and help you keep your blood sugar level optimal so you can stay energized from the early morning hours to the time you go to bed late at night. 

Final Thoughts

Unlike many “trendy diets” this particular diet doesn’t include any strict guidelines about the amount of food you should consume, because the aim of Clean Eating is to help you learn to rely on your instincts and cues from your body to know when you’re full.
The bottom line is – you need to eat good foods when you’re hungry and stop eating when you start to feel full and satisfied and not over-stuffed. Simply pick healthy snacks, serve sensible portion sizes of well balanced meals and you’ll feel healthier than ever, plus, you’ll lose a couple of extra pounds in the process. 

By Monica Nichols
Being a writer and fashion designer is a dream come true for Monica Nichols and since she was a child, she knew her artistic tendencies will determine her life. She is a beloved writer of she is 32 and currently living in Omaha, Nebraska. Monica likes to spend her time doing yoga and going to live jazz gigs whenever the opportunity arises.
That's all guys! I hope you enjoyed this and found it as helpful as I did! I'll be back on Thursday with a post on the healthy snacks I make sure to always have on hand. See y'all then!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Favorite Podcasts

Good morning friends! Is it just me or has this week after Daylight Savings dragged on and on? I think it's probably because I've been eagerly awaiting a package that's coming on Friday and so I've been counting down the days all week. Today, I thought I'd talk to you about my favorite podcasts. My current reading list post seemed to be one you guys really liked, so I thought you might enjoy getting a few podcast sumaries/recommendations! Until recently, I only listened to podcasts on long car trips, but there are SO many and I actually prefer to listen to them over music when I'm in my car or at the gym. Plus, podcasts are free, so why not? 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

4 New Apps + Companies Everyone Should Know About

 Good morning friends! I swear my life has felt like whirlwind since Christmas and I can't believe it's already mid-March. However, in all the craziness, I've managed to find some really cool "new to me" companies and products, plus an app I think everyone should have on their phone! If you like free food and classic style, I think you're gonna love today's post!

Daily Goodie Box // This company reached out to me in January and asked if they could send me a box to try, and to be honest, I thought there was going to be some sort of catch. Basically, you visit the website, create an account, and then they send you a free goodie box with lots of things to try. The more you review them and send in feedback, the more you receive. Now that I've gotten a box, I totally recommend that everyone sign up because they things they send are actually really great products and there is 100% no catch. They don't ask for credit card info and the box arrives at your door super quickly! I've participated in other subscription boxes and wasn't very pleased with what I received. Lots of times I get things I have no interest in, are not relevant to my daily life, or don't fit me at all (aka 10 shades too dark foundation). Everything in this box look yummy (healthy too!) and went with the theme of "good for you" snacks. All except for the anti-itch cream! Anyway, I totally recommend you check it out! Especially those of you who are college kids and wouldn't mind a few free snacks here and there!

Genius Scan // Y'ALL, this is genius, hence the name. I have to scan papers all of the time for school or work and I'm not always near a printer and then fax or scanner. This app scans documents in singles or in groups using your phone camera and then you can email them to yourself or whoever you need to. It crops it perfectly so you don't get any background and the email file looks exactly like you used a real scanner. I can't believe I never looked up an app for this before, but it makes total sense with how good iPhone cameras are these days that they can do this. I think everyone should have it on their phone just in case!

Everlane // I found this company through a fellow blogger who posted about this silk shirt. I loved how it looked on her and so I ended up ordering one for me, as well as this "100% human" box cut tee. I love simple, clean basics and Everlane has TONS. If you just want well made lounge wear, they've got it. If you want clean cut, classic work wear, they've got that too. They are also completely transparent about cost and pricing, so you know exactly what you're paying for. LOVE!

Abbott Lyon // I have been looking for a nice, grown up watch for a while now. I got one in high school that was covered in fake jewels and huge on my wrist and I quickly outgrew it. Since I'm starting law school soon, I wanted one that would go with everything and grow with me and I found the perfect company in Abbott Lyon. The watches are elegant but stylish and I love their simplicity. I find that they fairly priced, well made, and shop quickly, especially since they're made it England. I have the Rose Gold Kensington 34 and it arrived at my doorstep only 4 days after I ordered it, including a Sunday! 

  And that's it folks! I hope y'all enjoyed hearing about some of my new finds and some of these are new to you too! See you Thursday!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Current Skincare Routine + Fav Products

Good morning friends, and happy Thursday! It's almost TGIF time and man, am I excited! Myles and I are running in our first 5k this weekend and our families are coming in for brunch after to celebrate, so even if it rains it should be a great time! In other news though, I'm back today with my updated skincare routine. I haven't done one of these in a while, and lots of things have changed, so I wanted to share what I'm loving lately. I have dry, sensitive skin, so it's quite hard for me to find things that can deal with break outs but not dry me out. I also have trouble exfoliating, but it's the number one thing you can do to keep healthy, glowing, young looking skin, and I think I've finally found the perfect skincare routine for me!

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