The term “clean eating” has become really popular lately among nutritional experts.
They claim eating this way can really improve your health, can help with more energy.
They also assert that clean eating aids sleep.
They constantly remind you that clean eating will help your mood.
And you know what – it’s all true!
So what is clean eating and how to begin?
Actually, it’s not a diet as such, it’s more of a lifestyle. We’re not talking about changing your eating habits for a short period of time in order to lose some weight. We’re talking about gaining renewed energy, a revived outlook on life due to better health, and here’s an added plus, a good night’s sleep!
The idea of clean eating centers on the idea of consuming clean, whole foods rather than highly processed ones. Eating like this means you will avoid all the bad fats such as found in fried foods and most meats, highly salted foods as well as those with high amounts of sugar, foods that contain many chemicals, food coloring, and other extremely unhealthy additives.
Here are some good ways to get started:
♥ Avoid highly salted and/or sugar foods for breakfast. Instead try avocado toast with some fruit. Or cereal that’s not filled with sugar – instead add fresh fruit.
♥ Skip processed orange juice and eat an orange instead.
♥ Have scrambled eggs and add onions, garlic, tomatoes, olives – whatever your taste buds want. This is even good for dinner – it’s light and the protein will carry you through the night!
♥ Prepare your own foods rather than ordering in or going out. Remember the reason restaurant food tastes so good is that it’s generally loaded with all the ingredients you’re trying to avoid!
♥ Instead of a sandwich for lunch, have tuna fish in a lettuce wrap or make a salad with last night’s leftovers and add in vegetables or fruit.
♥ Make your own salad dressing – for a Caesar salad taste, put a tin of anchovies, some olive oil, and a small amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix in a small blender. For other types dressings use wine vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper, lemon juice, and blend together. Experiment with dressings. I throw all kinds of seasonings into my homemade dressings and they usually work well!
♥ Do not give up 2 to 3 sodas daily in favor of water because it won’t work. Be serious about this, take it one day at a time using baby steps which I always talk about. And be wary of those delicious sounding coffee drinks which are loaded with sugar.
♥ For dinner make some fish, veggies, and a side salad, as a good example.
♥ Eat only whole foods – those foods in their original state such as fish or chicken, fruits and vegetables – foods that have not been tampered with or added to in any way.
♥ Cut down on all the carbs such as breads and pasta. Although small amounts are fine, these types of foods turn into sugar in your system, and this is what you’re trying to avoid.
♥ Dessert – I’ve never found a rule that says you need dessert. This should be saved for special occasions, and at that, just a small amount is all you need. Remember we’re talking about your ongoing health and energy here.
♥ Avoid all those processed foods. These include snack foods such as chips, candy, cookies, frozen dinners, bottled salad dressing, breakfast cereal, canned soups, granola bars, and instant ramen and soups. Try making some of these from scratch, using whole ingredients.