Clean Eating is the concept of eating food in it’s most natural form, the way that nature intended. It isn’t a diet that you follow, it is a lifestyle change. It will change how you approach eating and preparing food.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Choose Organic: Not everyone can budget to go 100% organic, so priorities to buy organic should include meats, eggs, dairy and the dirty dozen.
Become a Label Decoder: Clean foods typically only have a couple of ingredients in them, and you can pronounce all of them. If the label has lots of ingredients, it is man made and therefore not clean.
Drink Plenty of Water: Aim for at least 2 liters of water per day. This is important to keep your energy levels up and flush all of the bad ingredients out of your system.
Eat Fat! Health Fats that is. It is important to eat essential fatty acids every day. Your body can’t actually burn fat without consuming fat. Organic Coconut Oil is one of my favorite fats to eat every day.
Avoid Processed and Refined Foods: These include white flour, sugar, most pastas and bread. Whole grains are recommended for clean eating, or if you are like me and cannot tolerate grain due to leaky gut- you may want to eliminate them altogether.
Know What to Avoid: Foods high in sugar, fried foods, foods high in transfats, artificial colors and preservatives. Other sneaky sabotagers are: emulsifiers, fat replacers, and toxic binders and stabilizers.
Eat local and sustainable food: Try to eat what is local and in season to reduce your carbon footprint and shop your local co-op and farmer’s market to eat farm to table.
Pack Your Own: Be sure to pack your own lunches and snacks to take with you to the office and on the go. This will not only save you money, but it will help keep you on track.
Write down your goal: It is much easier to stick with something when you write down your specific goals and objectives.
Get your Family On Board: It will be much easier to stick to this lifestyle change if you try to change as a whole family.
Meal Plan: Meal planning saves me over and over. I plan out what we are going to eat for the whole week and shop accordingly. This saves me $$ at the grocery store AND saves us from eating out as much. Why go out to eat when you already have the food for a beautiful and healthy dinner?