You may have heard the expression, "eat clean." But do you know what clean eating means? Eating clean means eating food as close to its natural state as possible and replacing processed meals and snacks with fresh, whole-food ingredients like vegetables, fruits, nuts, healthy fats and proteins. Clean eating is important because of this: The more natural our food, the more nutritious it is. Our body was designed to eat this way. So, what can you do to eat clean?
5 Easy Ways to Start Clean Eating2019-09-16 Eating clean means eating food as close to its natural state as possible and replacing processed meals and snacks with fresh, whole-food ingredients like vegetables, fruits, nuts, healthy fats and proteins. Here are 5 simple steps to start clean eating.
Author: Healthy U @ WorkFranciscan Health
Here are 5 simple steps to start clean eating.
1. Spend Your Time In The Produce Department
The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the better, so spend most of your grocery shopping time in the produce department. You will get the needed fiber, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and even protein from eating whole vegetables and fruit. Frozen fruits and vegetables are also a great option for stocking up on healthy ingredients that are easy to prepare in a pinch, regardless of the season.
2. Read The Ingredient List
If you are buying any packaged foods, read the ingredient list located under the nutrition label. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity: the ingredient used in the greatest amount is listed first and the remaining ingredients are listed in descending order. Be sure you can identify each ingredient and avoid long lists of chemical-sounding ingredients. If you can't pronounce one or more ingredients, consider putting it back on the shelf.
3. Eat At Home
Though some restaurants specialize in clean eating, most restaurant meals lack vegetable options and are loaded with salt, sugar and unhealthy fats. Cooking at home allows you to use whole foods and control all added ingredients.
4. Drink Clean
What you drink is important, too. Avoid sodas, sports drinks, and anything else with added colors or sweeteners. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!
5. Buy Organic Or Local
Choosing organic produce is a great way to eat clean. You also can buy local. Consider shopping at farmer's markets (there are even fall and winter markets locally), local butchers, etc. Knowing where your food comes from will help you make good dietary choices, and choosing organic options reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides and herbicides.
Make Clean Eating Work for You
Don’t think of eating clean as an all or nothing proposition. Rather, try to eat clean most of the time. Or consider an "eat clean" meal or day. Incorporate a few "eat clean" principles into your weekly meal plan and you'll see how easy it is to eat and feel better.
Adapted from Healthy U at Work, August 2019