Beginning or even maintaining a clean eating habit can certainly be intimidating. “Clean Eating” dates back to the natural health food movement of the 1960s, which shunned processed foods for the sake of moral and societal values. Currently, clean eating has been made popular in mainstream America, inspiring new generations of healthy eaters.
The principle of clean eating is simple. Eat healthier, whole, unprocessed foods and eat less processed, sugar and preservative saturated “crap”. Below are six easy concepts to following the Clean Eating movement.
1. Incorporate plenty of exercise!
Get moving! 30 to 90 minutes a day keeps your heart, lungs, and bones healthy and strong.
2. Minimize processed foods and replace them with whole and natural foods.
Drop that Big Mac! Eliminate convenience foods like fast food and embrace the idea of shopping for whole, un-processed foods. Most processed foods are anything in a box, bag, can, or package sitting in the center rows of your local grocery store. Make it a goal to shop the coolers in the periphery of the store where fresh meat and produce are located! Click Here to watch a video on the effects of processed versus natural foods being digested (pictured above).
3. Embrace clean sugars.
Clean sugars include naturally derived sources of sweetness such as: honey and maple syrup. Kick the refined sugars and artificial sweeteners to the curb.
4. Eat well balanced meals.
Be aware that balanced meals are important throughout the day and include some protein, carbohydrate and healthy fat at every meal. Be aware of the kinds of meals you put together and space out your proteins. Protein will help you feel fuller, longer and help curb “grazing” or snacking tendencies.
5. Bad fats, salts, and sugars are the enemy!
Cutting out processed foods, will eliminate the bad fat, salt and sugar content in your body. The idea is simple, don’t eat garbage! Clean foods are usually naturally low in all of these ingredients.
6. Rethink your drink!
Don’t drink your calories. Specialty coffees, soft drinks and packaged juices can easily tack on hundreds of calories a day. Try sticking to water, unsweetened tea, black coffee or homemade fruit or vegetable juices. If you must drink milk, stick to organic skim!
For more information check out the links below:
Eating Clean for Dummies Cheat Sheet
Body Building.com 10 rules of Clean Eating
What is Clean Eating by the Gracious Pantry