5 Tips to Eat Clean
Clean eating. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gisele Bunchden swear by this dietary craze and women all over are seeing life-changing results. But what does it mean?
The first thing to know is that clean eating is actually not a diet. Clean eating is about changing habits and eating consciously. Done right, this results in a new lifestyle that gives you more energy as well as a trimmer figure.
Beyond that, it seems like clean eating means something a little different to everyone these days. To learn more about how clean eating is defined and how it has evolved over the years, head over to CNN for an in-depth article. (http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/health/clean-eating/) But, in short, it means eating as close to natural as possible.
To eat “clean” one must pay attention to the ingredients of all meals and eat whole foods, get rid of refined & processed foods, and eat organically. Clean eating is NOT is a “raw” diet, food without spices, or a detox diet.
Here are some tips to get started with clean eating, and ways to make your new dietary lifestyle successful:
If you see it every time you enter your kitchen, the odds are much higher that you will remember to stick to it!
Skinny Mom has a wonderful infographic, with details, to get you started. (http://www.skinnymom.com/2013/03/14/clean-eating-dos-and-donts-for-getting-started/)
You want to avoid: alcohol, artificial sweeteners, white sugar, and foods with high amounts of chemicals, toxins and trans fats. You want to: eat 6 small meals a day, only eat complex carbohydrates, and rely on fresh fruits, vegetables and organic foods.
Yes – throw it out! Don’t even leave the junk food around the house, enticing you, tempting you. Give it away or throw it away, but get it out of your pantry and start loading the shelves with clean alternatives instead.
The quickest way to fail at your new clean eating lifestyle is to be in the kitchen after a long day at work, completely out of creativity and energy, trying to decide what to eat. By planning your weekly meals in advance you can be successful, save yourself time, and make sure you aren’t grabbing the phone to get pizza because you can’t think of anything else to do.
Many people complain that clean eating costs too much, but you can eat clean on a budget. Fresh, organic beef may be more expensive but, then, you aren’t spending money on sodas and chips, so it ends up being the same at check out. You will be so surprised at the amount of unhealthy foods that use to come home with you. Plus, you’ll feel better about your choices!
The biggest pitfall for newcomers to the clean eating lifestyle is snacking. When the stomach is growling and you need something quick to get you through, the convenience factor of refined, processed, and pre-packaged foods is hard to beat. But, with a little preparation, you can stock your fridge and shelves with snacks that are healthy and stick to your diet. Don't forget to print food choices and helpful tips. It's best to have them in front of you. Wondering where to start? Head to The Gracious Pantry for more clean eating recipes than you could imagine. (http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/)
Clean eating is achievable by anyone with some planning and commitment. The results are worth it.
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