Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How To Start Eating Clean: What Foods Can I Eat?

It's so easy to pick foods that work for clean eating.

Here's a very simple rule of thumb when you want to start eating clean. If it has a label on it, it's not a good choice. The reason is that most labels with food information are designed for products that have been processed.

Processing adds unnatural ingredients and dangerous additives to food. In many cases, the entire product consists of man-made substances that have no nutritional value whatsoever.

How To Start Eating Clean

So what should you select?

Prepare your healthy grocery list by understanding that most grocery stores are set up with their meat, seafood, dairy, and produce on the outside perimeter of the store. This is where you'll be spending most of your time when you shop. The center aisles, filled with packages and cans, should be visited rarely if at all.

The one thing you'll notice is that you may be visiting the grocery store twice a week instead of once a week.

Vegetables, fruits, and meats spoil faster than the processed items you may be used to buying. The fresher the food, the more nutritious it is, and the more you'll enjoy this new way of eating.

Is that Avocado Ripe?

Is that avocado ready to eat

Once you start shopping for food instead of boxes, you're going to be more aware of what you pick up in the store.

Is that avocado ready to eat? You may never have noticed before if you're used to buying that prepackaged junk that hides under the name of guacamole.

When you chop up your own ripe avocado, add some chopped onion and tomatoes and some Mexican spice, you'll wonder how you ever used that processed stuff before.

Food List for Clean Eating

So let's go down a quick food list to ensure you know exactly what you should be selecting.

Meats: Don't choose anything processed. Canned meats, sausages, and hot dogs all fall in that category. Instead choose fresh seafood, skinless poultry (or skin it yourself), and beef that is straight from your meat or seafood counter. If you have the option to select grass-fed or free-range meats, that's a superior selection.

Vegetables: All fresh vegetables are suitable for this diet. If you've never been a vegetable fan, get yourself a steamer and try this type of preparation. It's quick, easy, and retains the full-flavor and freshness of the vegetables. Once you've weaned yourself off refined sugars, fruits and vegetables will start tempting your taste buds again.

Fruits: All fresh fruits are suitable for clean eating. Fruit contains a lot of natural sugar so it's great with plain yogurt as a breakfast treat. You can eat dried fruits as well as long as they don't have any additives or sugar.

Refined sugar: Sugar is a killer. It makes us fat and sluggish. It's unfortunate that we sometimes crave it, but if you're eating properly throughout the day your own blood sugar will stay stable and you'll be less tempted to eat anything that contains processed sugar, including soft drinks.

Frequent, Smaller Meals

Eat five or six small meals a day: The three meals a day plan is a complete myth and doesn't work well for most people.

The reason it doesn't work is that there's too much time in-between meals. When your energy gets low, you deprive yourself or buy a sugary coffee to keep yourself awake at your desk.

By the time you get to eat you're totally famished. Then you eat twice as much as you should.

Instead break your meals into smaller more frequent meals and eat less than the palm of your hand each time. You'll feel satisfied and your energy won't have as many peaks and valleys.

Drink plenty of water: Almost all of us are dehydrated. We drink too much coffee which completely dehydrates us and it's rare for us to drink more than 1-2 glasses of water a day.

This type of deprivation is similar to asking our cars to get us from point A to point Z without any fuel.

Our bodies are mostly made up of water so if we don't give ourselves the amount of water we need, our bodies become tired more easily. Without water, we aren't giving our bodies what they need to process food, provide energy, and digest properly.

If you don't like the taste of plain water, try a few slices of lemon, lime or a piece of sweet melon to give it some punch.

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These simple pointers are easy and sensible to follow. They will help you to start eating clean without the ridiculous burden of rules and borders. Your own experience will fine tune your journey - the main thing is to start now.It's so easy to pick foods that work for clean eating.

That's the basic guide to starting with the clean eating meal plan.

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