Everyday there seems to be a new diet trend or health word. In the midst of all of the daily changes it’s hard to keep up; that’s why we often find ourselves looking for the tried and true—what’s consistent. Clean eating is a phrase that’s been around for a while, but there often seem to a variety of definitions for it.
So, what’s does it really mean? It’s pretty much sticking to a diet of organic, non-processed, natural foods. Clean foods are typically the type of foods that don’t need labels or have a list of ingredients. Below are four ways you can begin your journey to eating clean.
- Go for the organic foods – Organic foods are basically foods that have not been processed. You can find them in your local farmer’s market. Health food store, or even at your local grocery store.
- Drink lots of clean water – You can’t get any healthier than staying hydrated with lots of water. Bottled water is okay, just be sure to check for any special additives. You can also use a filter to clean your own water as well.
- Look for fruits and vegetables – Try to include at least one serving of each of each every day. If you have a green thumb and a little extra yard space you can even try growing a few of your own. For those of you in smaller spaces, you can find hanging vegetable plants to place near your windows. But be sure to check for those that are organic, the closer you can get to getting them straight off the farm, the better.
- Get rid of the unhealthy fats – This includes soybean, canola, corn, cottonseed, safflower, and sunflower oils, which are commonly found in processed/packaged foods. Try opting for more healthier fats such as raw nuts and seeds, avocados, and extra-virgin olive oil.
The most important aspect to remember about clean eating is that is isn’t just about what you eat; it’s also about how you eat. It’s a lifestyle change that requires being vigilant about what you choose to put in your body. Change takes time and determination, and the beginning of a journey begins with a single step, and you already have four.
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