What is clean eating?
Clean eating is about being mindful of the food’s pathway between where it originated and your plate. It’s about eating wholesome, non-processed food, as close to nature as possible. Highly-processed foods contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) which have been linked to cancer and other health issues. They are also stripped of nutrients our bodies need and contain additives that make us crave even more junk.
The benefits of eating clean are endless. Multiple studies have shown that eating mostly fruits and vegetables can prevent life threatening diseases, and in some cases, even reverse symptoms. I will be writing a future post on how my oldest daughter reversed her MS symptoms with nutrition. It also helps with weight control, and glowing skin and hair.
Where do I begin?
Start simple. Read the ingredients on food labels. Try to select foods with less than five ingredients and avoid products that have artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium), or artificial colors (red no. 40, yellow no. 5). My technique is: if it has something I can’t pronounce, I don’t buy it. Sugar is the biggest obstacle to clean eating. Here’s a tip to keep it at a minimum:
- Divide the grams of sugar on a nutrition label by 4; that’s how many teaspoons are in a serving.
- Avoid anything with more than 2 teaspoons per serving.
Change One Meal At A Time
It can be overwhelming to change everything at once. Begin with one meal. For example, start changing what you eat for breakfast. Try doing that for 3 weeks, then add a second meal, like lunch or dinner, and continue until you’ve made a complete lifestyle change. I personally don’t believe in cheat days because the goal is to break the addiction of sugar. However, don’t beat yourself up if you have a weak moment. Just pick better for your next meal and also, remember to drink water! I use an app called My Water, which helps you keep track of your water intake. It tells you the amount of water you need daily based on your weight and is available for Android as well as Apple.
Making changes is not easy. The most important thing is to educate yourself so that you can make informed decisions on what works best for you and your health. This is just a guideline. Trust me, I don’t eat clean 100% of the time. A rule that I try to follow is to make the best choices from the options that are available at the moment. A popular misconception about healthy eating is that you only have the option to eat salads and smoothies. That is SO incorrect. There are a multitude of delicious and flavorful meals. Flavor is a must in my food. I don’t do bland! Follow me on Pinterest where I post many clean eating recipes for you to try. Also, check out my blog on simple steps to begin working out.
Please comment below and share your progress, as well as suggestions you may have on how to eat clean.