The Beginners Guide to Clean Eating
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You’ve probably heard of clean eating a few times. Maybe you know what it is but don’t know where to start, or maybe you don’t know anything about it. So, I’m going to be taking the next few days to bring you tips and tricks for clean eating.
What is Clean Eating?
Clean Eating is more of a lifestyle than a diet. It’s about whole foods and how you prepare them. Instead of focusing on how much or how little of something you get—i.e. calories, carbs, protein, etc.—you focus on the foods from their origins to your plate.
With eating clean, you consume whole, real foods—fruits, veggies, most grains, nuts, seeds, oils, and animal and plant based proteins. It also means that what you put in your body is as close to natural as possible—minimally processed, non-packaged foods, no artificial ingredients or chemicals, etc.
You are creating a healthy, conscientious approach to what foods you put into your body. Making a choice to eat clean is also to remove unnecessary fats, sugars, and carbs from your diet. It also means you toss out the “junk food.” Junk food in this context means processed, full of artificial sugars and flavors, high in salt and saturated fats, and anything else that provides you with little to no nutritional value.
One meal at a time you’ll notice the changes. Everyone is different, but these are some general things people notice after starting to eat clean. Less bloat and tummy issues, more energy, happier, weight loss, increase in metabolism and lowering your chances of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc.
Despite Chris’s attempts, I was hesitant to try clean eating. I was afraid of failing; I was afraid of eating “boring” and foods I didn’t like. Boy was I wrong. It helped to tell myself it is a “lifestyle, to better my family and myself,” instead of it being a “diet.” And, I still eat all the foods I love; I have found healthier ways to make them, I read labels, and follow and 80/20 rule—meaning 80% or more of our eating is clean and the other is left to“enjoy the “junk food” I love. 😊
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