Butternut squash for Quinoa & Roasted Vegetable Salad
The problem with most New Years resolution is that there usually isn't much planning involved to produce success. I should know...I've done the whole talk the talk, but never made a plan to walk the walk, and by January 14th had completely forgotten about what it was I had resolved to do better.
Then there were the times that I did make a plan - I mean a real, write it down, step by step, this is how I'm going to get there, kind of plan; joined with others who kept me accountable and pushed me; built up a great support system because everyone around me knew what it was I wanted to achieve. The funny thing is, during those times when I really resolved to accomplish something it became a habit, a life style, a part of who I was and hoped to be.
Now, that's what a resolution is.
I hope we all make resolutions to improve in all aspects of our lives: Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and physically. Since most of us have room to improve physically and want to eat better this year, I've done some of the writing-it-down for you. Vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free, paleo, these are all diets that really can be narrowed down to clean eating. Making this way of eating a life-style - no matter which kind of nutrition plan you choose to implement - will definitely set you up to meet your physical goals for the new year.
I've come up with two different clean eating diet plans that spell out what you should be enjoying in your diet, what you should avoid, and what a typical day of eating like this would look like. Is this a list of rules or absolutes? No! This is a general guideline to get you thinking, cooking, and enjoying a healthy whole foods diet.
Why two different diet plans? Because you and I are different. Because you're body needs a unique balance of healthy foods that may be different from someone else. The key to success in any habit-changing endeavor is to feel good about it. In other words, listen to your body and enjoy the process!
Below you'll find the down loadable guilds that follow either a Paleo diet or a Gluten Free & Vegan diet. No matter which plan you choose, know that all the foods you'll be enjoying should be as clean (organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, locally grown, etc.) as possible for best results.
Whether you have a gluten sensitivity or not, enjoying a diet that is rich and diversified in naturally gluten free plant-based goodness and leaves out all the refined carbohydrates, sugars, or artificial preservatives will leave you feeling great! This is a great plan if you want to loose weight, detox, or just feel better overall.
Eating like your ancient ancestors can be pretty tasty and healthy. Removing all grains and relying on fresh organic meats along with plant-based whole foods can help boost your fitness program's potential and detox the body.