Eating Clean - Beginners Guide

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

One of the biggest mistakes people can make in life is overcomplicating things. This is especially true when it comes to our health and proper nutrition. So one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is to break it down and keep it stupid simple (KISS).


Most of us grew up with our parents preaching to us to eat our veggies. Well Mom and Dad were right! Eating our veggies can be one of the best things we can ever do for ourselves. There is a load of vitamins, minerals, and fiber in those veggies that we can’t always get from other foods. Another big one I remember was my mom always telling me to drink more water, again, Mom was right! That water is going to help us to maintain a healthy metabolism, protect our joints, help the elasticity of our skin, among other things! Just these two small things can make a big difference. So let’s focus on what we can do and control, rather than to let our focus drift into the world of things we can’t do or can’t control.


  • Replace those unhealthy starchy/fatty side dishes with fresh fruits and veggies.

  • Berries

  • Apples

  • Grapefruit

  • Leafy Greens

  • Broccoli


  • Choose unprocessed lean proteins and fats such as:

  • Chicken Breast

  • Fish

  • Eggs

  • Almonds

  • Avocado


  • Drink lots of water!

  • Bodyweight ÷ 2 = fluid ounces of water.


Really, it all boils down to the following three things.


  1. Eat Real Foods

  2. This means staying away from processed foods that have a lot of preservatives and added salt, or flavorings

  3. Eat more plant based foods

  4. Add more fresh fruits, veggies, and grains into your diet and reduce the amount of red meat in your diet.

  5. Make great lifestyle choices

  6. Consistently Exercise

  7. Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night

  8. Find a way that works for you to manage stress and mental health


Progress over perfection! I can’t stress that enough. We are human, we will stray and eat foods not good for us. Let’s face it, we are in the progress of changing habits that we have learned over the course of our entire life and it’s not going to change with the snap of our fingers overnight! If it did, we would all most likely be the picture of health. All you need to do is make progress and do better than you did yesterday. Over time, those old habits will be replaced by new healthier ones and it will become easier. Now, you’ll still have your challenges and roadblocks. You may fall off, but you just have to jump right back on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen victim to my hold habits, but I say that so you know we are right there with you, the struggle is real!


So in the end, all we can do is strive to thrive for progress and become healthier individuals not just for ourselves, but for our families, our sons, our daughters, our grandchildren, and our friends.


Be healthy everyone, if you have any questions or need some guidance, please reach out to us here at Thrive Fitness and we will work with you throughout your journey.


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