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Getting Started With Clean Eating

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Adopting a clean eating lifestyle can be intimidating. But, it doesn’t need to be. With a few tips to get started, it can be very easy to do. So how about we just jump right into the guidelines and tips for getting started.

Clean Eating Tips For Beginners

  1. Toss the Junk- Go through your pantry and fridge and purge foods that are not “clean” foods. Donate them if they are unopened. The rest goes in the trash. Yes, it’s wasteful, but you are either wasting it in the trash or in your body.
  2. Shop the perimeter-When grocery shopping avoid the center isles. The perimeter has the whole, clean foods. Veggies, fruits, meats, dairy, etc. But, you will most likely have to go to the isles for your grains and legumes.
  3. Read labels- The shorter the ingredient list, the better. If you can’t pronounce ingredients, it’s most likely not something you should eat.
  4. Organic- Especially on the dirty dozen. If it’s the clean fifteen, you can shop
  5. Go Naked- Avoid the packaged foods. Packaged foods are usually high in sodium, sugars, artificial ingredients and chemicals. Grains and legumes, of course, come in bags, so this doesn’t apply to all so use your judgment and read labels.
  6. Cook your food- This way you know what is truly going into the meals you are consuming. You can get my favorite recipes here.
  7. Eat 5-6 small meals- It helps your metabolism speed up. You are lowering your chances of overeating because of hunger striking.
  8. Don’t drink your calories. Clean eating is also what you drink. Sodas are filled with chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, colors that are linked to cancers and so much other stuff. You’re using your calories on something that offers no nutritional value to your body.

Take small steps to start with. Don’t go from drinking 6 sodas a day to just drinking water. You’re setting yourself up for failure. Instead, replace one a day until you have cut them out. Swap white bread for wheat. Remember, this is a new lifestyle, not an overnight fad diet. Ease in gradually until you can fully embrace the lifestyle and it feels normal. You will feel great and your body will thank you for it.

The next blog will be on clean eating on a budget, so be sure to subscribe to my blog and check back!

-Monica

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Hi! I'm Monica, the face behind Munchkins and Coffee.  Like most, I enjoy long walks on the beach and quiet dinners with the Mister. But let's be real, I'm a mom to 2 munchkins and to 2 4-legged kids so those things are few and far between.  I dabble in a variety of DIY projects and crafts and sell SVGs for the Cricut/Silhouette. I love to cook and bake and I'm a type 1 diabetic. Target and H-E-B are my happy places. I love to read but don't do it as much as I'd like and I'm totally guilty of binge-watching shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime. Coffee gets me through the day and is my "drug" of choice. 🙂 That's where the name comes in. Kids, life and all the beautiful chaos in between. So, check out my Etsy shop for SVG/cutting files for your Cricut/Silhouette and keep an eye out on here and my Facebook for my free cut files.

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