Clean Eating: A Way of Life
Now that September has crept up on us, it is a good time to look at where we are with our goals for 2016. With four more months to go, we still have time to regroup and charge ahead and still end the year strong. One thing I had hoped to accomplish this year was to eat healthier. After studying many ways of eating one that really resounded with me was the concept of “Clean Eating”.
What is Clean Eating?
Clean Eating is not a diet. It is a way of life. Here are some of the principles of clean eating:
How to eat clean
It is important to know what foods are processed and what foods are good for you. Below is a list of food that should be included in your eating plan.
Unprocessed Foods include:
Minimally processed foods include:
Choose Fresh foods over refined foods
Processed foods are anything in a box, bag, can, or package, and although there are always a few exceptions to the rule (like a bag of fresh green beans), the majority of foods should be fresh. This means try and shop the perimeter of your grocery store, and try and spend the most time the Vegetable/Produce section!
Whole grains & Natural Sugars are a hearty option
You can up your intake of whole grains like brown rice, amaranth and quinoa. Beans and legumes are also important for your heart and can protect against coronary heart disease. Clean natural sugars are also good in proportion. These include honey, maple syrup and dehydrated sugar cane juice.
Eat Five-Six small meals a day
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 energy doesn’t lag.
Don’t drink your calories
High calorie drinks like specialty coffees, vitamin waters and soft drinks, on average can add an extra 400 to 500 calories a day to your intake. Choose water first, or some unsweetened tea (any flavor). Other clean drinks include organic milk and 100% fruit juice diluted with sparkling water.
It is also recommended that pesticide-free organic food is eaten, to be able to avoid consuming added hormones or chemicals. Also it is important to note that eating clean doesn’t give free reign to eat endless quantities. They may be healthy, but they still have calories!
A Clean eating way of life can help people maximize their energy and optimize their overall health, making it more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle, with built-in flexibility, meaning it can be adapted to fit most any kind of routine.
I hope if eating healthier is a goal you are trying to reach, you give clean eating a try. Your body will thank you for it!
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