Doesn’t it seem like there are a MILLION different dietary preferences? There is everything from vegan to paleo, and vegetarian to gluten free. And within each of those dietary preferences, comes NEW ways of eating and the following of certain food plans (i.e. Whole30, The Keto Diet, The New Millenial Diet, etc.). And while ALL of those diets may be great for different people, none of those options are perfect for EVERYONE. My desire is to help educate and encourage you to eat healthier, “cleaner” foods, without eliminating your favorite food groups. These 10 Simple Tips to Start Eating Clean Today will provide you with the tangible tools you need to choose healthy foods without confining yourself to one restricted kind of diet. So let’s get started!
What does Eating Clean mean?
EATING CLEAN is an incredibly simple concept. At its foundation, it’s about eating real, “whole” foods, or in other words, foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. EATING CLEAN means embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats. Conversely, it also means cutting back on refined grains, pesticides, additives, preservatives, unhealthy fats and large amounts of sugar and salt (yuck!). I don’t think any of us INTEND to eat those last-mentioned things, but like I said, unfortunately those additives are in a lot of the foods that we eat. And as we all know, those processed ingredients are linked to all sorts of health problems.
EATING CLEAN is simply about choosing your food wisely and making sure it is REAL food.“Well what am I eating? Fake food?” Unfortunately, yes. A lot of the ingredients in our food today is literally not even edible, or it is engineered or somehow approved by the FDA to be “edible,” which is scary.
So let’s use bread as an example. There are a lot of bread choices out there. Unfortunately, most breads contain partially hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, monoglycerides and diglycerides, preservatives like potassium sorbate, and other additives that most people can’t pronounce. These ingredients are NOT what you want to see on your bread’s nutrition label. Choosing to EAT CLEAN means that you choose a bread that contains natural ingredients. Bread should contain flour, water, sugar, yeast and salt, or some variation of that. Six ingredients. That’s it. I hope you see where I’m going with this and you are understanding the concept of what EATING CLEAN means. 🙂
What does Eating Clean NOT mean?
EATING CLEAN is NOT eating 100% organic foods (in my opinion – I like to follow the Dirty Dozen vs. Clean Fifteen rule). It is NOT spending $9 on a cold-pressed, organic juice drink (though they can be tasty and healthy). It is NOT a fad diet or weight loss scheme (though cutting out processed foods will probably help you lose weight). And it is NOT about cutting out entire food groups from your diet (it is about cutting unnatural, potentially harmful ingredients out of your diet). I would be happy to answer any questions if you want to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if you want to comment below. I am not a Nutritionist but I can tell you what has worked well for me.
I am passionate about helping people eat HEALTHY, CLEAN foods so they can feel better both physically and emotionally. So I want to SHARE 10 Simple Tips to Start Eating Clean Today. If you would like to have a printable version of this list so you can stick it on your fridge, you can easily download the 10 Simple Tips to Start Eating Clean Today printable version. And feel free to share this information with your friends and family by using the sharing buttons on your screen.
10 Simple Tips to Start Eating Clean Today
- Eat whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats.
- Avoid processed foods which are full of hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, harmful chemicals and more.
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store which is where you find whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, meat/seafood, eggs and dairy products.
- Buy organic, local foods to get the freshest ingredients and have a positive impact on your environment and local economy. (Use the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen cheat sheet)
- Avoid processed oils such as hydrogenated oils and vegetable oil (the name is deceiving!). Stick with cold-pressed and organic oils such as olive, coconut, canola, sesame, avocado and grapeseed.
- Design your meals around vegetables (a plant-based diet for the most nutrition).
- Read your food labels. If there are items listed that you don’t recognize or if there are more than 5 or so ingredients, you probably shouldn’t eat it.
- Avoid red meat which can contain pink slime, meat glue, antibiotics, growth hormones and other contaminants. (Maybe try buying your meat from a small, local farm)
- Practice meal planning so you can base your meals around clean eating, while saving time and money. (Check out my Meal Planning 101 post here)
- Prepare healthy snacks early in the week so that you can snack on clean foods throughout the week. (Check out my Meal Prep 101 post here)
I hope these tips help you and your family transform the way you eat, and that you all feel better as a result of it. Clean Eating is not a dietary restriction but instead it is about making wise, intentional choices about what you put into your body.
All of my recipes on my website are designed with eating clean, ease and FLAVOR in mind. If you would like to see my recipes, you can view ALL of them here.
Share this with a friend using the social links on your screen. If you have friends or family that would benefit from a clean eating lifestyle, then they could find these 10 tips extremely valuable. These are the guidelines I have followed for years and they have been a critical part of my journey to a healthy lifestyle. I hope they are just as valuable for you.