Glam Girl’s Guide to Clean Eating

Recently, on a trip to visit the in-laws in Tennessee I decided to blog and vlog about clean eating and whole living.

What is Clean Eating??

The crux of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time. 

 

New Orleans: Crescent City Farmers Market, Mag...

New Orleans: Crescent City Farmers Market, Magazine & Girod Streets, Saturday morning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tips to baby step your way to clean eating:

Eat five to six times a day
Three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long. Consider patronizing local farmer’s markets and grocery stores.

Drink at least two liters of water a day
Preferably from a reusable container. Limit your alcohol intake to one glass of antioxidant-rich red wine a day.

Get label savvy
Clean foods contain just minimal ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is likely highly processed and contains toxins or additives not beneficial for optimal health.

Avoid processed and refined foods
This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.

Know thy enemies
Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried (because it has absorbed a ton of oil) or anything high in sugar.

Shop with a conscience
Consume humanely raised and local meats.

Choose organic whenever possible
If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities.

Consume healthy fats
Try to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, every day.

Learn about portion sizes
Work towards eating within them.

Reduce your carbon footprint
Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.

Slow down and savor
Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite! (We live by this in New Orleans)

Take it to go
Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.

Make it a family affair
Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own.

(via Clean Eating Magazine, with Fleurty Naturelle input)

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Orange peels, vinegar, water, and salt (optional) make an excellent cleaner for the home. Using this simple, natural, DIY cleanser recipe you can eliminate toxin-filled retail cleansers from your pantry.You can clean your counters, stove, sinks, and floors with this! No more worrying about breathing in fumes (or your kids breathing in fumes and touching the toxic residue) when the label warns to “use in a well ventilated area”.

  1. Store your orange peels (in the freezer a little at a time if you like). When you have enough, put them in a glass jar.
  2. Optional step to increase potency: Sprinkle salt (any kind) on the orange peels. This will pull out the oils and make your cleanser stronger. Let sit for 30 minutes. 
  3. Fill the jar up with vinegar and let it sit for 10-14 days (or longer if you forget its waiting for you).
  4. During this time take a photo, bask in the Martha-like glory of DIY house cleanser. 
  5. After 14 days strain the liquid.
  6. Put peels in the garbage…um, composter. (Hey, I’m a work in progress!)
  7. Mix water with the vinegar to a ratio of 2:1 or to a ratio where you like the smell (sometimes it’s very vinegary smelling at 1:1, other times it’s too orange-y at 2:1, so depending on your personal preference and desired strength).
  8. Use and enjoy. Put in a spray bottle for counters, or another jar for multiple-use. *Feel free to add a drop or three of essential oil for a personalized fragrance 🙂

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