Food Fridays - Clean Eating

You’ve probably heard the term “Eating Clean” at least 100 times by now - but do you actually know what it means?  I think “Eating Clean for Dummies” summed it up nicely - “eating clean is simply the practice of avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods.”  Sounds easy enough right? They go on to say “but there is so much much more to this lifestyle. You can structure your diet to get proper nutrition, help manage diseases, avoid developing diseases in the first place, lose weight, remove toxins, and just feel better.”  Who doesnt want that?!  So lets dive right into the Basic Principles of Eating Clean (again courtesy of Eating Clean for Dummies) and then we will share a few tips and tricks you can instantly incorporate into your daily routine - since IMO a majority of this plan relies on your ability to Meal Prep!!

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The Basic Principles of Eating Clean

Eating clean involves not only choosing the right foods to eat but also avoiding all of the junk foods and processed foods that are so readily available. The keys to good health and proper nutrition are in the following principles:

  • Eat whole foods: Whole foods are foods that haven’t been tampered with, in the lab or the manufacturing plant. The foods you eat on this plan are straight from the farm: whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grass-fed and free-range meats, low fat dairy products, unsalted nuts, and seeds.  

  • Avoid processed foods: Processed foods are any food that has a label. A label means that more than one ingredient was used to make that food. You don’t have to eliminate all processed foods (like whole grain pasta or natural cheeses), but if you can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label, don’t put that food in your shopping basket.

  • Eliminate refined sugar. Refined sugar provides nothing but calories. Other sweeteners can be used, but with all the good foods you add to your diet, refined sugar really has very little place in the eating clean plan.

  • Eat five or six small meals a day. By eating smaller meals throughout the day you can help rev up your metabolism and reduce the chance that you’ll eat some Funyuns rather than that whole grain cracker with nut butter and strawberries. You never get so hungry on this plan that you’ll feel deprived or feel the need to cheat.

  • Cook your own meals. Instead of buying meals in a box, cook meals from scratch. That’s not as hard as it sounds! Clean, whole foods need little preparation beyond chopping and sautéing to make satisfying, delicious meals your family will love.

  • Combine protein with carbs. When you do snack or eat a meal, make sure that meal is balanced. For the most satisfaction from your diet, and so you’ll be less tempted to eat junk food, combine protein with carbs or carbs and fat. This simple act will fuel your body and quash hunger pangs!

We know thats a lot to take in, but the extra steps taken to ensure you and your family are fueling your bodies in the best way possible, will pay you back tenfold.  Here are some “tips” I remind myself of whenever I try to Eat Clean:

  • When shopping in the supermarket stay on the parameter; proteins, dairy, fruits, vegetables etc.  The inside aisles contain the processed junk!

  • If theres a commercial for it - its probably processed

  • A glass of wine is a glass (not a solo cup)

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Good luck and KEEP IT CLEAN SP! ;)