Clean Recipes

My struggle was always clean eating. As I’ve mentioned before, I did not understand what was healthy, what wasn’t. As a swimmer, we always ate mountains of pasta and carbs. When I stopped swimming, I realized I had lots to learn!

It is very important when exercising and trying to lose weight that you eat 6 small meals per day. This helps you to keep your blood sugar levels steady. It also helps you body maintain its muscle mass and fuels your body for your daily activities. Always eat breakfast within 1 hour of rising! And more importantly ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It starts your metabolism and gets your body ready for the activities you have to do during the day. If you are not losing weight it could be because you are not eating a healthy breakfast with complex carbs and protein. Also, make sure you always pair complex carbs and protein at every meal.

I recommend Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Recharged Book! She really explains the entire history and science behind eating clean and why you should pair your foods strategically together to get the results that you want! For those of you who know nothing about the Eat Clean lifestyle, here are the basic principles of the diet.


  1. Eat more. Eat six small meals each day. Space out two-and-a half to three-hour intervals. Protein and complex carb at each meal with a big glass of water!
  2. Eat breakfast everyday, within an hour of rising.
  3. Make your last meal 3 hours before bed. This one is personally very hard for me, but so far this week I haven’t had my 3rd snack and I’m not starving!
  4. Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates at each meal.
  5. Eat sufficient healthy fats every day.  This is a huge struggle for me. I was eating too many nuts and nut butter!
  6. Drink two to three liters of water each day.  Spice it up with some lemon, limes, cucumbers or strawberries so you don’t get bored.
  7. Carry a cooler packed with Clean foods each day. I always have water and healthy snacks with me so I don’t get tempted with fast food!
  8. Depend on fresh fruit and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes.
  9. Adhere to proper portion sizes.
  10. Eat only foods that have not been overly processed or doused in chemicals, saturated and trans fats and/or toxins.

If you don’t know what the ingredient is, don’t eat it!

 Clean Recipes