So, you’re ready to start eating clean in an effort to improve your health? Good for you! While it sounds simple, everyone and their grandmother has their own interpretation of what “clean eating” really means. It can range from the Paleo crew to the bodybuilders to the handful of comedians that’ll tell you that eating clean means enjoying Cheetos in the bathtub (haha, very funny)! Instead of allowing yourself to get overwhelmed, follow these tips that will take the stress out of eating clean.
YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH WHOLE FOODS!
The best and easiest way to make sure you’re on the right eating path is to eat real food! So, pick up something like a sweet potato or crisp apple, and you’ll never have to decipher confusing marketing labels.
IF YOU CAN’T SAY IT OR HAVE NO CLUE WHAT IT IS, CHANCES ARE YOU SHOULD NOT EAT IT!
Don’t let packaging fool you. Most of the time, snacks that are labeled as healthy are jam-packed with ingredients that are totally foreign to you and seriously outnumber the latter.
LOCAL IS BEST!
If you have access to your local farmers market, get to know your growers! You will soon have a wonderful resource of local in-season, organic healthy foods to choose from. Community gardens are awesome!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Starting out, I spent WAY too much time trying to figure out what fell into the “clean eating” category. Here is a simple check list to go by when you hit the store:
Fresh Produce: Fruits, Veggies, etc.!
Lean Meats: Local is best, Organic is great!
Seafood: Always lean towards “wild caught”.
Hit your bakery section; the breads and baked goods are fresher and usually made with less than 7 ingredients. Local bakeries are even better as many of them can point you towards the most whole food-laden breads and baked goods.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE!
Even though you may think eating clean can be boring, it is anything but! Many foreign foods are clean; stop by some Asian or Indian food stores for a wide variety of delicious and aromatic spices for your next dish.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST!
Eating clean is not about calorie restriction or deprivation. It’s about eating the best and most healthy selection of whole and natural foods possible. Have fun with it, try new things, and look forward to how great your body is going to feel.
-Astrid Morgan, Fabletics Master