Clean eating represents a sustainable lifestyle that emphasizes real food not laden with things that compromise health such as artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives, and sugar substitutes.
Food doesn’t need to be organic; it just needs to be natural. The shorter the ingredient list – the better! Consume food in its most natural state or as close to it as possible. No specific food is off-limits as long as it’s a real, honest-to-goodness food.
Clean eating is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and it’s preparation, which leads to an improved life – one meal at a time.
Clean Eating Do’s
Eat 5-6 smaller meals each day.
Drink 3-4 liters of water each day.
Eat breakfast every day, within one hour of waking.
Carry a cooler or lunch pack filled with clean foods.
Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbs at each meal.
Get your fiber, micronutrients, and enzymes from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat healthy fats, like olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado, every day.
Follow proper portion sizing – everything in moderation.
Clean Eating Don’ts
Avoid over-processed foods, white flour, and white sugar.
Stay away from chemically laden foods.
Don’t skip meals.
Reduce foods with preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial sugars.
Say no to fake foods, such as cheese in a can.
Kiss saturated and trans fats goodbye (unless of course, it’s in the form of coconut.)
No more sugar-loaded beverages like sodas, sports drinks, or juices.
Reduce your alcohol intake – 4 oz of red wine per night.
No more calorie-dense food lacking nutritional value (Goodbye Twinkies.)
Avoid super sizing meals – stick to appropriate portion sizes.