So, what is ‘Clean Eating’?

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So, what is ‘Clean Eating’?  This is a question that a lot of people ask!

The term ‘Clean Eating’ means to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible and avoid foods that are highly processed and loaded with preservatives. This ‘unclean’ way of eating overloads the liver and digestive system making it difficult for the body to function to the best of its ability.  Clean eating is also committed to replacing saturated fats with healthy fats.

Here are some helpful steps on how to incorporate clean eating into your lifestyle:

Step 1:  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Choose fresh, unprocessed foods over canned or processed products.  For example, choose fruit instead of fruit juice and if you must pick a processed vegetable, frozen is always better than canned.

Step 2:  Balance protein and complex carbohydrates. Incorporate whole grains like brown rice or sweet potatoes over processed grains. Eat lean meats, and choose organic or grass fed meats when possible as these foods are usually clean of pesticides, hormones and additives. Grill, broil or steam your meats rather than frying.

Step 3:  Avoid sodas and high calorie, sugary drinks. Follow the tenant of clean eating that aims to remove added sugars from the diet. Choose water or tea for your beverages, or juice your own fruits and vegetables and enjoy them without added sugars or preservatives.

Step 4:  Trade bad fats for good fats. One of the most important aspects of clean eating is removing saturated fats from the diet. Lower your saturated fat intake by avoiding fast food, choosing lean cuts of meat and getting your fat calories from foods like nuts and fatty fish.

Step 5:  Eat several small meals to keep blood sugar stable and to avoid overeating. Choose snacks like nuts, low-fat or fat free dairy and fruits and vegetables.