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, 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)