Monday, March 18, 2013

what is clean eating?

the soul of clean eating is consuming food in it most natural state, or as close to it as possible.  it is not a diet; it's a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved meal at a time.

ever since i started incorporating clean eating into my diet, i've seen significant benefits.  while i find myself shopping more, since i buy fresh and eat fresh, i don't spend nearly as much as i used to on processed, packaged, old food.  having quality food around the house also makes me want to eat healthy foods more often, which helps to maintain habits and support muscle growth and development.

want to start incorporating a clean eating lifestyle into your routine but think it's too difficult?  i'll help.  it's easy.  i promise.

you should already be eating 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 your organic priorities.  seriously, please follow that link and read about the foods you think are good for you  but may harming you because of pesticides.

drink at least two liters of water a day, preferably from a reusable container, not plastic.  we all need to be better friends to the environment and plastic bottles are not friendly!  make water your main beverage of choice.

get label savvy.  clean foods contain short ingredient lists.  any product with a long ingredient list is most likely human-made and not considered clean.

avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and past.  enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.

consume healthy fats every day.

learn about portion sizes and work towards eating within them.

take it to go.  pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go to support this new lifestyle.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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