The Do’s and Don’ts of Clean Eating

veggiesYou’ve probably heard a little bit about clean eating over the last few years, and for good reason. Clean eating is a way to promote health and wellness in your life! If you are new to clean eating and want to give it a try, here are some dos and don’ts for getting started!

What is Clean Eating?

Quite simply, clean eating is the idea that one should be eating well to promote your own health and vitality, while eating poorly leads you being sick and overweight. Eating clean is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. You should start by making changes that you know you can stick to right now. You can either jump right in or make one small change at a time, it doesn’t matter as long as you get where you need to be!

What to Do

Start by increasing the frequency of your meals. Eating smaller meals more frequently will help to keep you blood sugar stable, keep your metabolism chugging along and prevent you from getting too hungry throughout the day.

Eat breakfast within an hour of getting up in the morning.  It helps to keep your body nourished and satisfied while also providing energy for your day. Keep portion sizes in check. Use your hands as guides for portion sizes and know how much of what you should be eating. It’s very easy to go a little overboard with portions, but they are one of the keys to eating better.

Every meal you should have a combination of lean protein and complex carbs. This helps your body to metabolize the carbs and fat appropriately. Fat is not all bad, and you need to remember to eat enough healthy fats every day. This helps your body to lose weight and stay healthy at the same time. You can try fish, nuts, seeds and some oils like sunflower, avocado, olives and peanuts. If you’re eating clean, you’re going to need to plan ahead and carry food with you. Eating clean at home is relatively easy, but eating it out can be a challenge. Combat this by packing your own meal when you can.

What Not to Do

What to avoid is relatively easy! Any food that is over-processed like white flour and sugar should not be on your list. Food containing preservatives, artificial sugars, artificial foods like cheese slices, saturated and trans fats, sugar-laden beverages like cola and juice, excessive amounts of alcohol, and calorie dense foods with little nutritional value should also all be avoided.

 

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