What is Clean Eating

What is Clean Eating
By The Clean Eating Team
www.cleaneatingmag.com

 

It's one of the most common buzz phrases in nutrition today but do you really know what it means? Or how to follow it?  The Clean Eating Team at Clean Eating Magazine has done an exclellent job explaining it for us with these simple guidelines:

 

The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.

 

 

1) Eat five to six times a day

Three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.

2) Drink at least two liters of water a day

Preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic; we’re friends of the environment here! Limit your alcohol intake to one glass of antioxidant-rich red wine a day.

3) Get label savvy

Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.

4) Avoid processed and refined foods

This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.

5) Know thy enemies

Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.

6) Shop with a conscience

Consume humanely raised and local meats.

7) Choose organic whenever possible

If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities.

8) Consume healthy fats

Try to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, every day.

9) Learn about portion sizes

Work towards eating within them.

10) Reduce your carbon footprint

Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.

11) Slow down and savor

Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite!

12) Take it to go

Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.

13) Make it a family affair

Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own.

 

 

 

Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Christa Gonzales in Healthy Living, Nutrition