Are you wondering what clean eating is all about? Clean Eating is not a diet, it’s a happy and healthy lifestyle. The simple truth is, you just can’t get healthy without eating healthy. It’s true what they say .. abs are made in the kitchen. You can exercise all day long, but if you eat crap after, you just are not going to get anywhere. Food is THE ticket to good health. If you eat junk, your body will reflect that. If you eat whole, healthy and fresh foods, your body and skin will glow and you’ll have boundless energy!
How to eat clean:
Eating clean is simply the practice of avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods.
Clean Eating 101
Eating clean involves not only choosing the right foods to eat but also avoiding all of the junk foods and processed foods. The keys to good health and proper nutrition are as follows.
- Eat whole foods: Whole foods are foods that haven’t been messed with, in the lab or the manufacturing plant. The foods you eat on this plan come right from the farm: whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grass-fed and free-range meats, low fat dairy products, unsalted nuts, and seeds.
- Avoid processed foods: Processed foods are any food that has a label. A label means that more than one ingredient was used to make that food. You don’t have to eliminate all processed foods (like whole grain pasta or natural cheeses), but if you can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it in your body !
- Eliminate refined sugar. Refined sugar provides nothing but calories. Other sweeteners can be used, but with all the good foods you add to your diet, refined sugar really should be removed from your eating clean plan.
- Eat five or six small meals a day. By eating smaller meals throughout the day it will help rev up your metabolism and reduce the chance that you’ll eat some junk. It may seem like a lot at first. But remember, you are eating smaller portions. This usually comes out to three main meals and two or three snacks. Eating this way prevents you from skipping meals and overeating. It also keeps your blood sugar levels steady so your energy doesn’t lag.
- Combine protein with carbs. When you do snack or eat a meal, make sure that meal is balanced. Combine protein with carbs or carbs and fat, by doing this it will fuel your body and quash hunger pangs. Protein is important for muscle-building, and it will also help curb your appetite, keeping you feeling full longer.
- Cook your own meals. Instead of making meals from a box, cook meals from scratch. It’s really not as hard as it sounds! Clean, whole foods need very little preparation beyond chopping and sautéing to make delicious meals you and your family will love.
- Don’t drink your calories. High calorie drinks like specialty coffees from Starbucks and soft drinks on average, can add on an extra 400 to 500 calories a day. Choose water first or 100 percent fruit juice diluted with sparkling water.
- Get moving. Working out or walking 30 minutes a day. It will help decrease fat, strengthen and build muscle, and help you burn more energy. It keeps your heart, lungs, and bones healthy and strong !
Clean eating can feel overwhelming in the beginning, especially if you have a lot of changes to make. Baby steps – make small changes every day and don’t be down on yourself if you slip up. Just remember that it’s what you do the majority of the time that counts!
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