I strongly believe that being healthy does NOT mean eating perfectly 100% of the time. I like to follow the 80/20 rule. So, 80% of the time you are making very nourishing choices and 20% of the times not so nourishing choices. This works well because allowing the 20% of not so healthy choices prevents you from feeling deprived and you are therefore more likely to stay on track.
Good Clean Health is a lifestyle not a diet. Who wants to be on a diet their whole life???? How often have you been on a diet, seen some results but they last about a week and you are super grouchy from all the restrictions you have. Why do we do this to ourselves? And why do we do it over and over again and expect THIS diet to be the ONE? Isn’t that the definition of insanity? So, let's STOP the madness. I offer up a shift in your approach and thoughts about eating.
1) Focus on all the wonderful food we SHOULD eat because it fuel us for our busy lives.
2) Allow yourself a little bit of what you love BUT, because you love yourself you will be excited to dive back into organic fruits and veggies, sustainably raised fish and meats and ancient grains.
3) Understanding Bio-individuality. We are all different so different foods work better for our bodies. Some of us need animal proteins others can thrive on 100% plant based. Our job is not to gawk at the person eating bread at the table next to us at the restaurant our job is to tune in to our bodies and develop self-awareness for what works for us.
4) As you are transitioning to increase your healthy choices closer to being approx 80%, I suggest you try some of my ultra-yummy recommended recipes. Find what’s for dinner tonight here: www.goodcleanhealth.com/recipes. One of my passions is to find a recipe for something that traditionally does not have the healthiest ingredients and modify the recipe and make it more nutritious but still delicious!!!
One recipe I recently made was for HEALTHY BROWNIES!!! They are moist, fudge-like morsels of goodness that my kids and husband devoured. Please DO NOT tell them what is in them.
They seriously would never guess...
Here is the recipe. Shhhh don't let anyone see it!
butter or natural butter spread
15 oz canned organic black beans (Eden cans are BPA free)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I added 2 tablespoons more)
1 teaspoon expresso powder
3/4 cup of liquid egg substitute
3 tablespoon whole-wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup of agave nectar. RAW if you can find it
1 Tablespoon organic unsalted butter
2 teaspoons good quality vanilla extract
1/2 cup-1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds (optional)
or 1 cup fresh raspberries (optional)
powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350F. spray the pan with cooking spray or coat with butter . Combine beans, cocoa powder,expresso powder, egg substitute and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth, about two minutes, scraping down the bowl halfway through. Add the agave, butter and vanilla. Process until all of the ingredients are combined ( about one minute). Stir in the nuts and or berries now if you chose to use them.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 20min, turning the dish halfway through baking time. Then turn oven temp down to 300F and bake another 5-8min or until a toothpick comes out with just a little bit of batter clinging to it. It should not come out clean because that means they are overcooked.
Let the bars cool at room temp on a wire rack. Then put them in the fridge for approx 3 hours. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Then cut them into squares when cool. Store them in the refrigerator.
Recipe adapted from Rocco DiSpirito