Riding The Insulin Wave To A Cleaner You

Riding The Insulin Wave To A Cleaner You

Insulin: A hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high or too low.

Where to begin?  These top 10 foods are in no particular order.  They all have such a low glycemic level that your body doesn’t need much insulin to absorb them.  Clean Cut’s goal is to keep your insulin level down so your metabolism is constantly working.

The foods you choose should have a slow absorption rate.  The ones the breakdown quickly like breads and white potatoes cause a massive spike in insulin sending the message to our bodies to store it as fat.  When we eat high amounts of fast carb foods (the whites, and cakes etc.) we send the wrong message to our body over and over again, leading to weight gain and a broken metabolism

Our goal is to keep our levels low and steady.  Living a lifestyle like this will lead to overall better health and weight loss.

Natural fruits, veggies, proteins and fats all break down slower and in turn our insulin levels are lower.

Here are the top 10 foods that are extremely low on the glycemic index:

  1. Onion & Garlic (full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory benefits)
  2. Leafy Greens (our super foods)
  3. Nuts (anti-inflammatory, good fats, low carb, high fiber)
  4. Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and chia, great to use instead of granolas, t ad
    d to salads and have all the fiber and good fats and nutrients we want)
  5. Avocados (omega 3 & 6 fatty acids and amazing nutrients)
  6. Coconut (any form, oil, meat, flakes, flour, it’s the perfect fat)
  7. Herbs (full of flavor, minerals and vitamins and have some healing properties)
  8. Eggs (vitamin B12, protein and Fat, cheap and easy)
  9. Irish Butter and Cheese (keep cheese to a moderation, dairy causes the body to become acidic and inflamed, make sure it has no growth hormones in it)
  10. Oils (organic is best, olive, coconut, avocado etc. Stay away from palm oil, canola etc.)

With all this information, any of these when cooking or snacking are your best option to add and guarantee a low insulin level.

Clean Cut Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

Clean Cut Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

Purely summer refreshing!  This super quick and easy summer go to cold soup can be made in 10 minutes and tastes delicious ocean or pool side!  Pair with a Clean Cut summer cocktail and enjoy!

Clean Cut Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup 

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled & seeded & cut in pieces + 1 cucumber diced to stir in at finish
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, quartered
  • 1 scallion, cut in pieces or chopped onion
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 2 T. fresh parsley
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ c. plain greek yogurt
  • 1 c. cold water-may add more to desired consistency
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Mint leaves

Puree all ingredients except 1 diced cucumber in blender till smooth. May add additional water at end to thin slightly. Stir in diced cucumber stirring after transferring to bowl.  Add some mint leaves for taste and garnish.

Adjust any seasonings to taste.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Lori and Caren created Clean Cut Fitness & Nutrition to help women see there is a true balance when eating clean and living life.  They like wine, tequila, vodka and intermittent fasting! Their 5 kids combined are always creating havoc but they would not have it any other way.  Balance is their key to success! Their “shrink your body, grow your mind” mentality will help anyone find their Ah-Ha moment and what works in their lifestyle.  Join the #cleancuttribe and create your new lifestyle.

Visit their full bios to learn more.

Why The Clean Cut Pivot Will Change Your Life

Why The Clean Cut Pivot Will Change Your Life

The 6 week challenge…what can you get out of it?  

Let’s put the idea of this program being all about food aside for a minute and talk about choices.   This is not about having control, that is something we can’t have all the time, it’s about CHOICES.  If we have small pivots and work on them until they become second nature then move onto another pivot until that becomes second natural we will make real change.  Create your pivots, small changes that will change your life. 

Where does your head go when you look at your week as a whole? You have a dinner Thursday night and again on Saturday.  You are aware you aren’t as strict over the weekends as you said you be, leaving you angry and having regret.  Imagine having the ability to really balance your lifestyle without feeling like you are being deprived. Here is where the mindset comes in. PLAN FOR THE CRASH! Don’t just say you will take care of it tomorrow plan for it today. 

We’ve all dieted down to get into that dress or bathing suit, why don’t we plan like that for our daily life?  If you know Thursday night is your date night and you know you are never perfect, get out in front of it so you are ready for it.  If you planned on not cheating and it goes off the rails truly undo it the next day. This is the mindset we talk about. You can’t cheat yourselves or make up excuses, your body will know.

So how do we do this?  Here is an example. Last weekend Lori and I went out with our guys for drinks and bite to eat.  We both knew it wasn’t going to be super clean so that day we left out all carbs and fruit and saved it for our drinks and food choices.  Got our workouts in, drank all my water with Pink Himalayan salt, left out chocolate the day before, made good enough choices at dinner = success.  Oh and yes I had to run and extra mile the next day to burn off those extra fries I ate! Total SUCCESS and totally worth it!

When you do cheat MAKE IT GOOD, those small useless bite of your kid’s cold chicken fingers or soggy fries aren’t worth it on any day.  You can always UNDO a not planned cheat. Remember food is energy if you have plenty stored you don’t need to refill the tank, try intermittent fasting the day after, eat smaller meals with just veggies, protein and your good fats, drink lots of water, WORKOUT or workout for an extra 20 min, Get yourself back to neutral.

The clean cut way of life is like no other.  Its education, its pivots, and it works.  Finding what works for you may be totally different then what your bestie finds.  THIS is why its a lifestyle.  One you can live with!  Shrink your body, grow your mind.  

Much Love

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Lori and Caren created Clean Cut Fitness & Nutrition to help women see there is a true balance when eating clean and living life.  They like wine, tequila, vodka and intermittent fasting! Their 

5 kids combined are always creating havoc but they would not have it any other way.  Balance is their key to success! Their “shrink your body, grow your mind” mentality will help anyone find their Ah-Ha moment and what works in their lifestyle.  Join the #cleancuttribe and create your new lifestyle.  Download your FREE 3 day menu guide here!

Visit their full bios to learn more.  

Clean Cut Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Clean Cut Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Since we have been on a little pumpkin kick this fall, I thought we should share this yummy treat for you all!  Our last post gave you a few tips on why pumpkin is healthy.  But…

Whats the big deal about Chia Seeds?!

  • Chia Seeds are loaded with antioxidants
  • Almost all of the carbs in them are fiber
  • Chia Seeds are high quality protein
  • Chia Seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients, with very few calories
  • Due to the high fiber and protein count, Chia Seeds should be able to help you lose weight

We get into detail about all of these facts in our 6 week weight loss challenge. If you are interested in learning more, click here.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding                                          Ingredients
1 1⁄4 cup coconut or almond milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1⁄2 cup chia seeds
1⁄4 cup or less maple syrup
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
1⁄4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions
Mix milk, puree, chia seeds, maple syrup and spice. Cover and shake thoroughly.
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Mix in almonds and enjoy!
Makes 4 servings

 

Clean Cut Pumpkin Chili, Seriously Rocks!

Clean Cut Pumpkin Chili, Seriously Rocks!

It’s fall, The air is crisp (in some parts of the country!) and its chili season!  What a great way to kick off fall but with a Pumpkin Chili thats clean and tastes amazing!  Pumpkin also has some great health benefits.

Benefits of Pumpkin:

  1.  Did you know pumpkin will make you feel fuller, longer?  It is packed with 1.7g of fiber per ounce.  With 50 calories and 3g of fiber per cup, thats a win win in the Clean Cut department!
  2. Better Vision, Skin & Bones:  1 cup of pumpkin has double your daily dose of vitamin A, essential for our vision, skin and bones.
  3. They are high in phytoestrogens, which is shown to lower blood pressure.
  4. Pumpkin seeds are high in tryptophan, so you will sleep better
  5. Pumpkin seed oil has been shown to block unhealthy prostate growth in rats, so men, get your pumpkin seed oil in!

 

Clean Cut Pumpkin Chili

1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 C chopped onion
1C chopped green pepper
2-3 cups fresh spinach (remember it cooks down)
1-2 TBSP fresh chopped garlic to taste
1 small can chopped green chilis
1 Can low sodium diced tomatoes
1 Can beans of your choice (I used black beans)
1 Can organic pumpkin
1 lb ground turkey breast
Salt
Pepper
Cumin
Chili Powder
Pumpkin Pie Spice Optional
Cayenne Pepper Optional

Saute onion and pepper in a pan
Add in spinach and garlic and let spinach wilt down
During this brown your ground turkey breast
Add tomatoes, beans, chilis and pumpkin
Let simmer

Add spices to taste. This is where it is all relative to your taste. We prefer a stronger pumpkin flavor, so we added pumpkin pie spice. Add to your taste. Same with all the spices. Remember Cumin is a strong taste so start with a teaspoon and go from there. Cayenne is also spicy so add to taste.

Simmer and add ground turkey. Simmer for another 10 minutes or so and enjoy!!!!

 

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