What is Clean Eating?

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As I get questions I try to post information that I feel will be helpful for everyone who has made the decision to take this challenge with me.  So what exactly is clean eating? 

For me it's staying away from the junk food (soda, chips, cookies, cakes, etc.)  also known as empty carbs.  My goal is to eat foods that contain the nutrients that my body needs to be healthy. 

I want to share this article I found that I feel will be helpful. 

The soul 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.

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.

Choose organic whenever possible

If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities. To learn about what makes produce organic, see What is Organic Farming, Really?

Drink at least two liters of water a day

Preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic; we’re friends of the environment here! Limit your alcohol intake to one glass of antioxidant-rich red wine a day. For tips on tap water testing and purification, see Reconsider Tap Water: The Healthiest Water Options. 

Get label savvy

Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.

Avoid processed and refined foods

This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead. Avoid these clean eating foes.

Know thy enemies

Steer clear of anything high in trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar. Avoid preservatives, color additives and toxic binders, stabilizers, emulsifiers and fat replacers. Check out this list of the top ten food additives to avoid

See also Clean Eating Ingredient Guidelines.

Consume healthy fats

Aim to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, every day. See this list of CE-approved healthy oils.

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.

Shop with a conscience

Consume humanely raised local meats and ocean-friendly seafood. Visit seachoice.orgfor a printable pamphlet.

Slow down and savor

Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite!

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.

<source: clean eating mag> 

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Posted on August 3, 2015 and filed under Challenge, Health, Healthy.