Feel Your Best with Clean Eats
With all the chemicals and processing that go into our food, true healthy eating can seem pretty overwhelming. Not only do you have to grapple with high fat content and added sugar, you also have to think about everything that’s done to your food along the way.
The research is pretty clear on contaminants. Herbicides and pesticides make their way onto your dinner plate more often than you’d like, and foods that are highly processed only make weight loss a bigger challenge that it already is.
So what’s the solution? It’s actually simpler than you might think. It’s not another fad diet, and it’s not some kind of powdery supplement. The solution is clean eating, and of all the diet plans I can recommend, this one’s the best.
Redefining Clean Eating
Clean eating is more of a philosophy and an approach than it is a strict diet plan. It’s all about avoiding processed foods as much as possible, and going with natural options at every opportunity.
Here are my 4 basic rules to clean eating. Stick by these and you’ll not only feel healthier and more energized, you’ll also see a major boost in your bodies ability to burn fat an in turn lose inches all over.
4 Simple Strategies to Clean Eating
Rule #1: Avoid Processed Foods
This is definitely the most important rule to a clean eating diet. For the best results possible, you’ve got to give up the processed and refined foods, and go for foods in their natural state. While you don’t have to go all-natural right off the bat, you should start giving up on all the processed stuff, and plan on having it cleaned out in the next few weeks.
In most cases, this means leaving behind the boxed, canned, packaged, and frozen foods and preparing your meals and snacks from scratch (as much as possible). For some good whole-food recipes, check out my Quinoa Salad Recipes and my Chia Seed Recipes here.
Rule #2: Prioritize Your Organics
If you can cut it, organic foods are always best on a clean eating diet, especially when it comes to reducing your intake of contaminants and chemicals. That said, organic food can be expensive at times, so it’s important to know what’s most important to buy organic.
Some fruits and veggies have much heavier pesticide use. These are the ones to replace with organics first: apples, potatoes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, leafy greens, lettuce, spinach, kale, grapes, peaches, bell peppers, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes – just to get you started!
Rule #3: Make Your Water Work for You
Water is important on a clean eating diet. In fact, water is the most effective natural detox out there. But to boost the detox properties of your water, a little lemon juice can go a long way. I’m not a supporter of extreme detox diets, but natural daily detoxification with lemon water can keep your body in top shape.
Read more about Lemon Water Benefits here. Not only is it a great detox, it also boosts your metabolism!
Rule #4: Eat At Home Often
The last rules is a big one, but without it, a truly clean eating diet will be incredibly challenging. You’ve got to start eating at home more often, and limit eating out to no more than a couple nights a week. Preparing your snacks and meals at home is really the only way to know what’s in your food, and avoid having more of the bad stuff added to it.
So think about your grocery list, do some planning ahead, and get real with your ingredients. Before you know it, you’ll be totally energized and motivated to stay on track.
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