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Eat Clean Healthy Meal Plan

Eat Clean Healthy Meal Plan

Diet, Diet, Diet! That’s all everyone seems to talk about these days. There’s always this new fad diet that everyone wants to try, and it seems like people are always moving on to the trendiest foods. But, if you’re working, you probably don’t have a lot of time to spend on preparing elaborate meals. And, it’s why many people develop bad eating habits. Simply because of a lack of time. To address that issue, here we look at how you can provide your body what it needs. These recipes are easy to prepare and have familiar ingredients that you’ll probably find lying around at home.

Here’s a look at a balanced meal plan.

Our bodies have daily nutrient requirements that help us function properly. Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats are the primary elements supported by vitamins and minerals. Most people exceed their daily needs, especially of carbohydrates and fats. The popularity of cheap junk food, full of saturated fats and sugars, only compounds our misery.

Let’s first look at carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are good for your body. Complex carbohydrates take time to break down and are absorbed into your system slower than simple carbs. This makes them less likely to turn to fat. And, some excellent sources of complex carbs include sweet potatoes, brown bread, green vegetables, oats, and beans.

Proteins are like building blocks for your bodies muscle mass. While there is plenty of protein in a cheeseburger, there are also plenty of fats. Lean protein gives you plenty of energy and helps with your metabolism, immunity and muscle mass. Some good sources of protein are fish like tuna, chicken breast, eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese.

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Contrary to popular belief, fats are essential for your body to function normally. Just like carbohydrates, fats are essential. There are good fats and bad fats. Healthy fats can be found in fatty fish, nuts, coconuts, and cheese.

A few helpful tips:

Pick brown bread over white

Limit sugars in the second half of the day

Avoid highly processed foods

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Minimize junk foods to an occasional indulgence

Stay away from sodas and other sweetened beverages

Your never too young or too old to start eating clean. Everyone from senior citizens to teenagers can eat clean.

Now that you’re aware of what food your body requires, let’s look at quick and simple healthy recipes.

1. Barbecue Chicken Wrapped Asparagus

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Barbecue Chicken Wrapped Asparagus Image

    This quick meal is healthy and easy to prepare. It is low in calories and has a high protein and low-fat content. It also tastes delicious. You will need some chicken Breasts, asparagus, and barbecue sauce. For the seasonings, you can use cumin, paprika, garlic, pepper. You can also grill some bell peppers on the side  Cut the chicken breasts into thin pieces, and flatten with a mallet if needed.Season with barbecue sauce and add other seasonings to your taste. Chop the ends of the asparagus and wrap chicken breast around it. Place it on a baking tray and in an oven and set it to 405 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. Serve with a portion of white boiled rice.

    2. Two Ingredient Pancakes

    Two Ingredient Pancakes

      This works well for any meal of the day. It is filling and nutrient rich. All you need are some eggs and bananas. This portion makes about three small pancakes. You will need one whole egg and two egg whites and a large banana. Simply mash the banana in a bowl and pour the eggs in, still until it forms a thick batter. Using a little oil, grease a pan on medium heat. Pour a little batter into the pan into the shape of a circle, flip and serve with a little pancake syrup.

      3. Tasty Tuna Wraps

      Healthy Tuna Wrap

        For this healthy meal, you will need a can of tuna, low-fat mayo, onions, a whole wheat tortilla and bell peppers. Mix the tuna with the mayo. Chop the pickled onions and bell peppers. You can swap the vegetables with anything you prefer. Mix and spread on a whole wheat tortilla. You can grill it on a pan if required.

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        4. Quick Stir Fry

        Quick Stir Fry1

          A stir fry packs quite a nutritious punch and takes virtually no preparation. It is also versatile, if you’re a vegetarian stick to vegetables, if not, add some chopped chicken breast. In a pan add a little oil, and fry the chicken pieces. Add vegetables like peas, carrots, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and season with pepper, salt or garlic powder.

          Did you like these four simple recipe ideas? They are easy to make and will be ready in a jiffy. Don’t limit yourself to the above, being creative will help you find plenty of ways to make a quick, healthy meal. What are you waiting for?

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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