What is Clean Eating? The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it is a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.
Eat five to six times a day – three meals and two to three small snacks.
Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.
Choose organic whenever possible. If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen (ewg.org/foodnews) your organic priorities.
Drink at least two liters of water a day – preferably from a reusable canteen.
NO Soft drinks/Sodas! These are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients.
Get label Savvy. Clean foods contain short ingredient lists. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.
Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. (Easy rule: Nothing white!)
Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains (wheat) instead. Know thy enemies.
Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fat, anything fried or anything high in sugar. Consume healthy fats (essential fatty acids, or EFA’s) every day. (examples: nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, fish, nut butters)
Learn about portion sizes and work toward eating within them.