Clean eating is healthy eating and as I wrote in my previous post Ditch The Diet! Just Eat Clean there is no need to try to follow fad diets or live on lettuce leaves.
Living in this busy modern world we are surrounded by processed foods which are convenient choices when we are time poor. I’m being realistic when I say that even if you can eat clean 80% of the time it is better than not at all.
Here are 8 Smart Ways to Make Clean Eating a Way of Life
Yes, we have all heard this before – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m guilty of skipping this sometimes and just having a coffee, however a substantial breakfast will give you energy to get going in the morning and give you a great start to the day.
Try oats with greek plain yoghurt, chia seeds and blueberries to keep you going or perhaps an omelette with mushrooms and spinach. If you are short on time make a smoothie with fruit and vegetables.
Increase your Fruit & Vegetable Intake
Fruit and Vegetables are high sources of fibre, and provide vitamins, enzymes and nutrients to keep your body healthy and your brain functioning. Try to eat a colourful variety of vegetables because each colour suggests different nutrients. Eating a little of each colour daily will increase your intake of the various nutrients we need for good health.
Eat a good combination of protein, healthy fats, fibre and complex carbohydrates daily
Clean eating is not about removing food groups from your diet. Each food group plays an important part in keeping you healthy.
Limiting your sugar intake and trans fats (which will increase your ‘bad’ cholestorol (LDL) level and reduce your ‘good’ cholestorol (HDL) level) by choosing healthier options is good start. Too much sugar and trans fats can increase your chances of heart disease, stroke and diabetes 2.
My article 5 Quick & Easy Ways to Reduce Your Sugar Intake will show you how you can reduce the amount of sugar you eat.
‘Good fats’ include monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Examples of foods which contain ‘good fats’ are oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, canola oil, sunflower oil, walnuts and sunflower seeds. Good fats promote cell development and are needed to maintain a healthy immune system.
Complex carbohydrates include wholegrain breads and pasta, yoghurt, lentils, chickpeas, brown rice, and a variety of fruit and vegetables including potatoes.
Don’t fall for foods labelled as ‘low fat’
Did you know that low fat foods might be lower in calories however usually have way too much sugar added to improve the flavor? Clean eating is all about eating foods in their natural state so bypass the low fat options.
Say ‘No’ to junk food
Yes we all love our ‘treats’ however hamburgers, pizzas and fries are not our friends – although I do love pizza. Why not try making your own versions and that way you know exactly what you are eating. The occasional ‘treat’ should just be that – occasionally but not the norm.
You need to keep hydrated all year round not just in summer. Drinking water flushes the toxins out of your body and makes your skin glow. You need to keep hydrated year round, not just in summer. Read my article on 4 Reasons Why You Need to Keep Hydrated Summer or Winter
Clean Eating is a lifestyle
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Clean eating = healthy eating and you should try to adopt it as your lifestyle. With imagination you won’t feel like you are missing out and the health benefits are enormous.
Be Prepared & Plan
The secret to clean eating is to be prepared and plan. Organise your shopping list and plan your meals and snacks for the week so you don’t have to resort to ‘fast food’. If you are busy, try to do some cooking and meal preparation on the weekend and freeze your meals.
By making these changes to your lifestyle you will feel healthier and fitter.
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