What does clean eating really mean?
You’ve probably heard of the term “clean eating.” But what does clean eating really mean? It’s a highly misunderstood concept and you’ll hear it talked about in 100 different ways. At first glance, it sounds like an easy enough thing to do. You just have to “clean up” your diet, right? But that’s where you’re wrong! “Clean eating” is more than that; it’s also a way for you to “refresh” your eating habits. It will help you be more conscious of what you put inside your mouth by teaching you which foods are healthier.
What makes “clean eating” more popular than similar dieting techniques is that you won’t have to count calories or give up on whole food groups! Because of these, clean eating is considered pretty simple to follow – just choose WHOLE, FRESH foods rather than processed. Below are some tips to get you started on cleaning up your diet:
Say ‘NO’ to processed foods!
Most clean-eaters tend to shy away from everything that comes in a box, bag, or can at the supermarket, but the things is that not everything in the dreaded “middle aisles” of the grocery store is bad for you! Furthermore, completely eliminating processed foods from your diet is really difficult – but you can certainly follow a clean eating lifestyle 80-90% of the time! You get to decide what works best for you.
It’s true that processed foods are full of unwanted sodium, sugar, and fats. What you should do is make sure you look at the ingredient list on packaged foods before you put it in your cart. Stay away from any list that has many ingredients you can’t pronounce! And remember that there are thousands of healthy processed foods just waiting for you: hummus, no-added-sugar tomato sauce, whole-grain cereal, Greek yogurt, whole-wheat pasta, baby spinach, and chickpeas are just a couple of examples! But ALWAYS check the labels because sometimes less than healthy ingredients are added!
Don’t settle for healthy; get what’s healthier!
This is where the “choosing” part of clean eating really comes in. For one, you have to choose unrefined grains instead of refined grains. This is because refined grains have lost up to 20 different nutrients that are in unrefined grains. Also, whole grains are rich in fiber and B-vitamins.
When it comes to ‘fats,’ just focus on healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and those found in other nuts and fatty fish. These healthy fats are good for you heart, and they can even raise your levels of good cholesterol!
Another thing you can do is cut down on added sugars! Sugars in breakfast cereals and soft drinks will do a number on your weight. I mean have you looked at the label!? I cringe when I look at a 12-ounce can of Coca Cola and it has like 40-something grams of SUGAR! Instead of these foods, go for fruits, which have naturally-occurring sugars!
Grab those greens!
This cannot be said enough: you need more vegetables! Vegetables are an important source of many vitamins, like vitamin A for healthy vision and vitamin K for keeping your bones healthy. More than that, eating vegetables will make you feel full, because they are full of heart-healthy fiber. What makes this deal even better is that veggies are low in calories, which means you can eat lots of vegetables without worrying about your waistline. Just make sure you grab the fresh vegetables!
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