These days a lot of health-conscious people are talking about “Clean Eating”. But what do they exactly mean by it? And should you consider going clean too? Discover the answer to these questions below.
What Is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is all about eating healthy, whole, unprocessed foods in their purest form. Although that is nothing new and I have been promoting these type of foods for ages, the phrase cleaning eating is relatively new and seen everywhere… and for some good reasons.
Clean eating dates back to natural health movements from the sixties, but a lot has changed these days. We have access to more varieties of veggies, fruits, seeds, and nuts to keep things interesting and make it easy, fun, and delicious to live the clean eating lifestyle. Eating a clean and healthy diet will not only help you to lose pounds, but it’ll also give you more energy and improve overall health.
Here Are 7 Simple Rules or Principles For A Clean And Healthy Diet
1. Say No To Processed Foods
Processed foods are often high in refined salt, sugar, and fat. Always use fresh whole ingredients like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and unprocessed, grass-fed meat (if you are a meat eater). Avoid foods that come in a box, can or bag. Our body is simply not designed to process anything else than natural whole foods.
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2. Opt For Unrefined Grains And Sugars
Although it can be hard to avoid refined products all the time. I know… but substitute your white sugar with organic honey, maple syrup, stevia, or unrefined cane sugar. Avoid white rice, bread, and pasta and try whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, millet, and amaranth instead.
3. Stay Away From Supplements
If you eat a healthy and balanced whole food diet with plenty of fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts, there will be no need for supplements. Getting your daily nutrients from fresh produce is the best way to provide your body with energy and the building blocks it needs.
4. Drink Water Or Herbal Tea
Avoid soft drinks, coffee, and commercially available fruit juices or smoothies. Those are loaded with sugar, preservatives, and additives. Opt for filtered water, lemon water, herbal tea or homemade fresh juices or smoothies.
5. Know Which Foods You Should Buy Organic
Buying all your foods organic would be the best case scenario, but for most of us, that would be unaffordable. Not all non-organic foods are laden with pesticides, GMO’s or hormones.
Foods like asparagus, sweet potato, avocados, spices, mangoes, kiwis, eggplant, and salmon are safe to buy non-organic. Berries, grapes, spinach, apples, papaya, eggs, milk, fish, and meat are best bought organic.
6. Reduce Portion Size
It is better to have 3 smaller main meals and 2 to 3 healthy whole food snacks during the day. This will also keep your tummy full, prevents overeating at main meals, and keeps your energy levels stable.
7. Eat At Home
And the easiest way to live a clean and healthy lifestyle and avoid processed foods is to eat at home. There you are in total control of what you eat. Always use fresh, whole, natural ingredients. And preparing healthy foods shouldn’t take you all evening. There are plenty of quick and healthy dishes for you to try… believe me!
If you want to change your lifestyle and/or detox your body and need some help, I created a 10-day whole food detox and weight loss program that will teach you how to lose or maintain weight in a healthy way, without the need to live a restrictive lifestyle or put your body through boot camp style workout plans.
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Thanks for reading. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.