Clean eating is when someone focuses on eating natural, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean cuts of meat instead of eating foods that are over-processed, refined foods (such as man-made sugar or white rice) and foods that contain bad fats (such as saturated and trans fat).
One quick tip from Eating Clean Works to help someone remember the definition of Clean Eating is “if man made it, don’t eat it.”
Clean eating basics:
- Eats smaller meals every 2 to 3 hours (about 5 to 6 small meals per day)
- Eats lean proteins
- Drinks a lot of water
- Avoids soda and other sugary drinks (such as juices)
- Avoids high-calorie foods
- Avoids foods that do not have any nutritional value
- Avoids over processed and refined foods
- Avoids Saturated and Trans Fats
What are the health benefits of clean eating?
- Less diseases – helps to prevent diseases such as diabetes, obesity and strokes.
- Fewer sicknesses – eating clean will help boost your immune system and keep you healthy therefore you will not be so prone to colds / fevers.
- Maintain a healthy weight – your meals will be balanced and you will consume the amount of calories you need without overeating.
- Additional energy – since processed foods are high in carbohydrates and sugars they use the energy you have in your reserves and this is why you become sluggish and tired during the day. Although when you don’t have these types of foods in your systems you will stay energized throughout the day.
- Clearer skin – Recent studies show that high-glycemic foods such as refined grains and processed sugars can possibly trigger breakouts.
- Shinier hair – vegetables and fruits contain vitamins that are vital to grow healthy hair. In addition, by drinking ample water you will be able to keep your hair hydrated and wash out any impurities that can cause your hair to become weak.
If you are interested in moving to a clean eating diet please note that it might be a little difficult at first if your current diet consists of eating foods that contain sugar, foods that are prepackaged and/or processed and are used to eating fast food because you will need to alter your diet to now include only eating whole foods, lean meats and whole grains. In addition, it might take a little more planning, time and dedication in the beginning (such as possibly more cooking at home…etc) although once you make the commitment eating clean will become a lifestyle that will become part of your everyday routine.
Hopefully after reviewing all of the health benefits you will think about making the switch to a clean eating diet.