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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 27

dips fatty condimentsDay 27 Rule: Stop using fatty condiments!

So a few days ago we discussed how you can ruin an otherwise healthy dish by slathering it with a fatty condiment. We even practiced seasoning with calorie-free herbs to prove that flavor can be found in other places. It’s time to make this standard practice. Leave the mayo alone and cut out the creamy salad dressings! Olive oil and other healthy, nutrient-rich fats are ok, but leave the whip cream at the store. Shoot for vinaigrette dressings, citrus-based marinades, and naturally low-cal condiments. Mustard is an awesome example of a multipurpose condiment with next to no calories in it.Worcestershire sauce is another personal favorite of mine. Many hot sauces tend to be low in calories, so review the nutrition facts before you pick up *insert random dipping sauce here*.

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 22

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smoked turkey legsDay 22 Rule: Lean meats only from this point.

You’ve spent 3 weeks able to enjoy most anything in the meat department. It’s time to get smart and cut some more fat out of your diet. Let go of the hotdogs and fatty cuts of pork, and stick to leaner cuts of meat. Shoot for mostly white meat chicken, seafood, and turkey. As far as beef, stick with lean cuts like sirloin or round and cut off any visible chunks of fat. You don’t have to cut out pork entirely either. The tenderloin is a very lean cut of pork. Stop eating the skin off of chicken (even when it’s oh so crunchy) and be sure to drain your ground meats. I will not judge you for continuing to enjoy bacon, but consider turkey bacon. (I cook mine in the microwave to make sure it comes out crispy.)

What other lean proteins can you think of? Let’s make a list of options!