The phrase “clean eating” has been thrown around quite frequently in the media the past few years. It’s such a vague phrase, so what does it really mean? Clean eating isn’t a defined diet. There are many ways to interpret “clean eating.” It isn’t necessarily a diet for weight loss, although eating clean can help one lose weight. It’s not about your food being dirty. It’s about avoiding processed foods with a million ingredients.
Clean Eating: Choosing the healthiest options in all five food groups, like fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, whole grains and lean proteins, and avoiding processed junk food and fast food.
When it all comes down to it, clean eating is basically eating healthy, fresh, well-rounded meals. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat clean, and you don’t have to cook fancy meals or go on a cleanse. The easiest way to eat clean is to shop the perimeter of your grocery store. Below are some tips for shopping each section:
Check out the ingredient lists for everything with a label. Look at sodium, sugar, and how many ingredients the product has. Does the item have a long list of ingredients with unrecognizable names? If foods have more than five items on their ingredient list, they’re probably not clean.
Free range, cage-free eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, two times more omega-3’s, three times more vitamin E and seven times more beta-carotene than the commercially produced variety.
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