Hope you didn’t miss last week’s healthy lifestyle article about going gluten-free! If ya did, no worries check it out here!
This week we’re going to check out what “clean eating” is all about. In a nutshell, clean eating means you avoid ALL processed food, relying on whole natural foods like fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains rather than packaged or fast food.
Remember it this way, “if it’s man-made, don’t eat it.” “Man-made” foods include sugar, bad fats (hydrogenated, trans-fats), preservatives, whitebread, and any other ingredients.
At first, it may seem a little difficult to cut out these foods, eating clean is a lifestyle that requires some practice. You can no longer drive thru Mickey D’s when you’re running late. You’ll need to prepare food; and there’s many ways to get ahead of the clean eating game by preparing ahead of time, learning what foods are easy to make and finding what you enjoy most. However, there are products available to make clean eating a whole lot easier! Hemp FORCE protein powder can be used as a meal replacement or try Papa Steve’s no junk protein bars for a snack after working out. Don’t forget about your supplements! Many brands will offer all-natural supplements – like Vitamin Code does.
Many doctors, nutritionists, and trainers believe that eating clean helps with successful weight loss. According to Eating Clean Works, a person that eats clean generally practices the following:
- Eliminates refined sugar
- Cooks healthy meals
- Packs healthy meals
- Makes healthy choices when dining out
- Drinks lots of water
- Eats 5-6 meals per day
- Eliminates or significantly limits alcoholic beverages
- Always eats breakfast
Beginning to eat clean is a huge transition for majority of people because sugar, white bread and fast food has become such a staple in American Diets that it’s become an addiction. Once your body adapts to eating clean you’ll notice a change in mood, energy, and many other long-term health benefits!
Adopting a clean diet isn’t for everyone. Try it for a week and keep a food journal to track how it makes you feel. Or talk to your doctor about whether it’s right for you.
Interested in adopting a clean-eating lifestyle? Here are some sites to help you on your clean-eating journey: