You may have heard the term “clean eating” before but didn’t pay much attention to it, either because it sounds ridiculous or simply because you couldn’t be bothered to find out what it means. However, clean eating is a potentially significant booster of quality of life when taken seriously. It gives you total control over the sort of food you put into your body, such that you hardly ever crave all the salts, bad sugars, and fats that your body does not need.
How does it work?
The first thing that you need to understand is that clean eating goes beyond just “dieting.” In fact, it is a lifestyle in its own right. It is an approach to taking more care with what you put into your body, and it involves avoiding processed foods, choosing whole foods and generally eating healthy.
When you decide to start eating clean, you have to completely banish foods containing unnecessary amounts of carbs, sugars, and fats from your diet. These foods fall under the category of “junk” because your body will do better without them. Processed foods, artificial sugars and flavors, foods containing a significant amount of salt and/or highly saturated with fat and other refined foods that provide no nutritional value to your body should be cut out of your diet.
Consequently, you should embrace foods such as unrefined grains, vegetables, whole foods, healthy fats and lean proteins (possibly from organic meat delivery). Your focus when you’re choosing a meal should be on the quality of the meal and the benefits that it can bring to your body. Try this for a while, and you will notice a general improvement in the quality of your health and life.
Clean eating should not necessarily be associated with calorie restriction. To be clear about what clean eating involves, here are some guidelines:
- Cook your own meals
This is the best way to have full knowledge of what the content of your meals is. You can control the amount of seasoning, flavors, sugars, fats or salts that go in your food and you can keep them as low as possible.
- Pay attention to nutritional labels
You need to get familiar with the nutritional labels that are on the ingredients you use for cooking. Avoid ingredients that have words like “modified” or “hydrolyzed” – they are usually associated with foods that have gone through extra processing. Words that end with “-ose” are associated with added sugars. You should look for foods that have “whole wheat” “whole grains” as a part of their ingredients.
- Eat balanced diets
This is basic nutritional health knowledge, so it goes without saying really. Make sure that your meals are well-balanced with the amount of carbs, proteins, and fats that you are consuming. Meat is an excellent source of protein, and you can get a regular healthy dose through any organic meat delivery system around you. Also, note that your fats should come from unsaturated fats as often as you can manage to keep it so.
Other tips to follow are:
- Restrict unnecessary additives in the form of fat, salts, and sugar
- Avoid processed foods
- Eat whole foods
- Eat 5-6 times daily
- Don’t drink your calories (avoid sodas especially, as much as you can).
If you’ve just decided to start eating clean, don’t rush it. Take baby steps as you slowly adjust to the new conditions that you’re setting for your body. All the best!