Rules of Clean Eating

Clean eating has many benefits including a stronger immune system, increase in energy, better mood and maintaining a healthy body weight. Some may ask what exactly is clean eating? Clean eating consists of consuming more whole foods and limiting processed/packaged foods. 

10 Rules of Clean Eating

  1. Do not eat C.R.A.P. This acronym stands for chemicals, refined sugars and flours, artificial sweeteners/colors/flavors and lastly preservatives.
  2. Control portion size.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. You should aim for a gallon of water daily. If you cannot reach this goal, start by drinking at least half of your body weight in fluid ounces daily.
  4. Prioritize plants. Vegetables provide the body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. All of these help with proper digestion.
  5. Try Organic. When you consume organic foods, you are eating the cleanest kind of food that has been grown/raised.
  6. Limit packaged foods. Foods that are packaged are highly processed. Instead of eating canned/packaged foods. Try getting fresh fruit/vegetables out the produce sections. Get your meats from the butcher area so that it is freshly cut. 
  7. Choose foods with healthy fats. Limit foods that are highly saturated and avoid foods with trans-fat. Try fatty fish such as salmon, avocados or nuts. These are usually forms of healthy fats.
  8. Don't starve yourself. Eat small, healthy snacks, in between meals. Make sure you are still eating enough calories during the day.
  9. Cook at home.  Cooking will eliminate harsh ingredients. When you cook, you choose exactly what goes into your body. 
  10. Enjoy each bite.  Clean eating does not have to be boring. Make your food tasteful/flavorful so that eating is healthy and enjoyable. 

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