While this information was originally for men, I found it to be very helpful to all.
A Good Meaning for Clean Eating
Many people are choosing the route of clean eating to reduce the amount of processed food they eat and to improve their nutrition. Clean eating refers to eating foods in their most whole, natural state, free of preservatives and additives. Processing often strips the nutrients from foods.
Clean Eating is:
- Choosing foods in their purest state, like a piece of fruit.
- Minimizing the use of processed foods. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient on the label, you should probably think twice about choosing it to fuel your body.
- Eating foods at their peak season, such as strawberries in June.
- Preparing foods after you shop to have a supply of healthy food ready for eating or snacking.
- Adding a mix of lean proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats.
- Swapping animal fats, like butter and cheese, for healthier unsaturated fats from plant foods, like nuts, avocados and olive oil.
- Eating out less and cooking more at home using fresh ingredients. Try boosting flavor with herbs and spices rather than salt.
- Drinking more water. Water is vital for the function of every organ system, helping to circulate oxygen and whisk away toxins. If you’re not a fan of plain water, try a squirt of lemon to add flavor.
- Balancing your budget. Fresh and healthy doesn’t have to cost more. Focus on finding seasonal and locally grown foods.
- Embracing whole grains. Eating more whole grains reduces your risk of cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases. Try eating a new-to-you grain, such as quinoa, barley, millet or wild rice, each week.