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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 18

kohlrabiDay 18 Goal: Try a new vegetable today.

You’re probably tired of hearing it, but eating more vegetables is the key to cutting down your caloric intake. I understand that it can be boring to steam broccoli every day, though. Today, I’m encouraging you to try a new vegetable. Go to the grocery store and pick something out of the produce section that you’ve never had before. Prep it, drizzle it with some oil and seasonings, and bake it. Or steam it. Whatever sounds like a good idea to you. Do a little research if you’re picking something you know nothing about. Should you peel it? Can it be eaten raw? What kind of spices go best with it? Add something new to your repertoire today!

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 15

grilled veggies vegetablesDay 15 Rule: Veggies must be your largest portion at every meal.

A few days ago, we practiced eating large portions of vegetables at every meal. It’s time to make this change permanent. Every time you sit down for a meal, you need to have more veggies than anything else on your plate. If you’re going to take a large helping of mashed potatoes, you need to take an even larger helping of green beans. And eat your vegetables first. That way, you’ll get full on less calories.

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 12

day 12L eat more veggiesDay 12 Goal: At each meal, veggies should cover half of your plate.

Vegetables are full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. They are also significantly lower in fat and other bad things that meats and especially carbs can have. Large portions of vegetables allow you to fill your stomach while taking in way less calories than other foods. This infographic that I found on Pinterest illustrates the point pretty well.

why you should eat more veggies

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 11

saladDay 11 Goal: Eat a Salad today.

Does this really need an explanation? Vegetables are good for you. Chances are, you’re not eating enough of them. A salad is a healthy serving of vegetables. So, eat a salad today. Honestly, this rule is in place to remind me that salads are a viable option for mealtime. I am so used to cooking at every meal, that I often forget that turning on the stove is not always necessary. Take this opportunity to remember that salads can be delicious. Then, consider eating more of them in the future.