8 Smart Ways to Make Clean Eating A Way of Life

Sizzling Towards Sixty(10)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

Eat Breakfast

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.

Keep hydrated

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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33 thoughts on “8 Smart Ways to Make Clean Eating A Way of Life

  1. Sarabeth

    These are wonderful tips! I need to work on my water intake and this was a great reminder. I really like your idea of creating healthier versions of food that’s not great for you when purchased out (like pizza). Thanks for the advice, Sue!

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes keeping hydrated is difficult Sarabeth. I doing a challenge in October to drink water everyday and I’ve set a target of 2 litres. I’ve even downloaded an app! I’m glad you found the post useful as there will be more on the way!

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  2. Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I also need to increase my water intake, especially since I’m a runner (and it’s still so hot here!). One (of many) advantage to being vegan in a small town is that I rarely go out to dinner, so even my pizza is homemade :-). And the fries are baked! Great tips. Most people don’t get nearly enough fruits and vegetables, so that’s a great place to start.

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    1. sue Post author

      I have been using a app Debbie that reminds me to drink water! Although it is starting to get easier exercising in the warmer weather. We enjoy cooking so don’t usually go out for dinner. If we do it is usually for brunch. I’m not sure I could go vegan but you are right about the fruit and vegetables. Thanks for stopping by to comment.x

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  3. Kathleen

    Your point on being prepared and planning is so very important. The lack of these two important points probably causes more downfalls in clean eating than anything else.
    Thanks for bringing healthy tips to Fridays Blog Booster Party #27
    Kathleen

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  4. Ducks 'n a Row

    You make it sound so easy. 🙂 I have been striving to do better and succeeding. Cannot say I am a true “clean eater” through and through but I am finding that I feel better when I make better choices.
    Thanks for the great tips!

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    1. sue Post author

      Well my philosophy is that as long as you try that is the main thing. I’m probably only 80/20 with clean eating but that is better than nothing at all so we aren’t doing too badly. Thanks for linking up and stopping by to comment.

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  5. Anastacia Hauldridge

    Very interesting post, I like what you said about clean eating because this message is so important to pretty much everyone of all ages. At home we try to eat clean but juicing in our Ninja Blender everything we can that is raw and healthy. Rich has to eat clean since he has stomach issues and he has a green super veggie juice every morning and at night sometimes. My 8-year-old eats raw salad with freshly squeezed blood orange and he loves his raw carrots. The one documentary I watched that really turned our family to clean eating was on Netflix called Fat,Sick, and Nearly Dead that really hit home…even though none of us are overweight but we did lack the energy to do some things and since juicing it really made a difference.

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes Anastacia it does apply to all ages. I need to use the Ninja Blender more but I’m trying to clean up our act. Fresh and raw food is great and what a wonderful example you are to your 8 year old. I saw a documentary on sugar and wrote a post about that it was horrifying to see how much sugar we all consume even when we don’t think we are. Thanks for stopping by with a comment and I’m off to make a juice!!

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  7. Monica Bruno

    Hi Sue, I will admit, eating healthy is a challenge for me. I’m usually so busy, I end up eating the fastest option. This is a great post, and I’m going to try and implement some of these things here into my diet right away. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. sue Post author

      I know what you mean Monica it is so hard when we are busy to keep on track. I don’t profess to be a perfect clean eater but if I can the majority of the time I’m doing okay. Thanks for the comment and I’m happy you found the post useful.

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  8. Jebbica

    I don’t know if I’ll ever become totally “clean”, but I do try to eat that way most of the time and get my fruits and veggies in! Thanks for sharing at #FoodandFitnessFriday!

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    1. sue Post author

      Well Jessica I try to have 80/20. If I want a treat now and then I won’t deprive myself but I try to eat lots of vegetables and drink lots of water (thanks to your challenge!). Thanks for stopping by to comment and see you at the next #FoodandFitnessFriday!

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  9. Rev

    Being prepared is my downfall! When I prep, I don’t even think about having anything unhealthy. When I don’t, I grab whatever.
    Thanks for the info!

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  10. Kimmy Sabrosky

    Excellent post, Sue. You are so right about planning! My eating is so much healthier when I take the time to plan and prepare. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Kimmy, thank you! Yes Planning is definitely the key it is so easy to get off track if you aren’t prepared. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  12. Miranda

    Again, great post! I have completely tried to cut out all low and non fat foods out of my diet once I learned the process something has to go through to become that. It isn’t real food anymore. I will say I am often guilty of not eating breakfast. Either I’m not hungry in the morning or I don’t have time. I do notice that when I eat a good breakfast I snack less during the day though, so I probably should eat it more often.

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    1. sue Post author

      Yep again we are on the same page Miranda regarding breakfast. I don’t always feel like it but when I have it I have so much more energy during the day. Have a great weekend and thanks for the comment.

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  13. Jessica

    I struggle in the morning, so I have found that I need to plan, plan, plan in order to be more successful with that. Anytime, I can make a grab and go breakfast ahead of time, or have smoothie ingredients portioned out ahead of time is a much better morning for me. Once your health starts to improve, it’s so much easier to keep putting the effort into eating right.

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes Jessica, Breakfast is my struggle too! You are right that once you start eating healthy and feeling healthy it just becomes a part of your lifestyle. Thanks for your comment and have a lovely week!

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  14. Tracey Abrahams

    A lack of cooking skills seams to be a major problem with healthy eating these days among many people my age and younger who I know these days. They buy processed foods because they simply dont know how to prepare it themselves. #Anythinggoes

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes that is something I hadn’t thought of but many people can’t even boil water! Thanks Tracey for stopping by to comment.

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  15. Annette

    Sue, this is just wonderful tips. I am so much in making a plan for myself to live a more healthy lifestyle…
    Thank you – so much good information and encouragement.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Annette I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and found it useful. I’m sure you will feel so much better and healthier just by making small changes to diet and exercise.

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