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CLEAN Cuisines in 2018

posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:47 AM by Evangelina DiSpirito   [ updated Jan 6, 2018, 8:21 AM ]
By Evangelina DiSpirito, RDN, E-RYT

Happy Healthy New Year!  At the start of each year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions that we feel will improve our lives.   With good intentions, we research the latest and greatest weight-loss and exercise plans.   Often, these plans begin to clutter the mind and body with short-term results.  This year, set out to transform your resolutions into life-changing habits.  Resolutions are goals we set for ourselves.   That’s why in 2018, let’s de-clutter our New Year’s resolutions by thinking “CLEAN”.  The “CLEAN” steps will help guide you through your most transformative year.

(1)    C:    Clean eating.   Eat less processed foods and eat more fresh and locally-grown foods.  At IL Creations (ILC) cafes, we aim to use more locally-grown produce and meats in our cafes.   Once a month, our registered dietitians and chefs at ILC provide healthy homemade sample recipes made from fresh ingredients at select cafes.   So, check out your IL Creations menu to find the schedule for your next dietitian visit. 

(2)    L:    Lean meals.  Aim to eat more meals made with lean meats and ingredients.  For example, at IL Creations, our chefs and salad cooks use wholesome fresh vegetables and lean meats to produce a variety of flavorful dishes.

(3)    E:    Exercise:    Exercising at least 30 minutes a day can help improve your cardiovascular and mood, and can lead to healthy weight-loss.  Working out 45 minutes to an hour each day can lead to weight-loss if this is your goal.  Adding strength training can boost your metabolism because the more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns throughout the day.  Mindfulness and stretch activities are exercises for the mind and body.    Yoga conditions the body to become more flexible and youthful.   Mindful breathing and meditation can further reduce anxiety and stress.   A stressful lifestyle can increase your chances of developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's.   These two mindfulness practices will help you reduce stress as well as become more mindful in 2018.   At I.L Creations, our newest dietitian/nutritionist is dually-trained as a Restorative Yoga Instructor and Registered Dietitian.  Additionally, both of IL Creations dietitians have experience in sports nutrition.  

(4)    A:   Ask the Dietitian:   IL Creations hires registered, licensed dietitians who are credible and medically-trained nutritionists.  Our Registered Dietitians on staff ensure that our food offerings are adequately analyzed, and nutrition information is available to you.  They are also available to make presentations on nutrition and healthy lifestyle topics, to help keep you on track in 2018.

(5)    N:   No Excuses:  Excuses become our downfall.   By setting a fail-safe plan, you can ensure that excuses will be a thing of the past.   Fuel your body with clean cuisines at IL Creations' cafes.  To help you with mindful meal planning, IL Creations posts on-line menus so that you can select your breakfast and lunch items.   To help keep you motivated a weekly nutrition and lifestyle tip will be posted on the IL Creations menu site.

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