Clean eating is best for your body and there are some habits that you can start that will make your journey easy easier as you switch from unhealthy eating to healthy eating.
Make sure that you never go without breakfast.
No matter how busy you are and even if you’re running late, don’t skip it. Get into the habit of always eating breakfast. You need this meal because your metabolism will slow down if you skip breakfast. For someone who’s always in a hurry, there are quick clean eating breakfasts you can have such as a fruit smoothie that you can make the night before.
Drink half your weight in ounces of water every day to stay hydrated. When you’re following a clean eating plan, you need to get into the habit of keeping up with your water intake. Without the right amount of water, you can dehydrate. Plus, getting into the water habit helps to prevent you from becoming too hungry and tempting you to grab an unhealthy snack.
Eat small healthy “meals” every 3 hours. Because you need snacks when you’re clean eating, you don’t want to wait until you’re starving to search for something to tide you over. You need to get into the habit of having snacks ready for the moment that you’re hungry. Keep your kitchen stocked with clean eating snacks that you can have at home or that you can pack up and take with you if you’re going to be out running errands or away from home.
Eat mindfully. Get into the habit of pausing when you feel the need to eat something that’s not healthy. Ask yourself if you want that particular food because you’re craving it or if you’re simply hungry and anything will do. It’s those anything will do mindsets that drive most people to reach for snacks that are full of empty calories.
Make it a habit to practice the first, second, third method of choosing snacks. Always choose the freshest option first. For example, when you’re hungry, an apple is the best first choice. But if it’s not available, then pick applesauce that doesn’t contain any added sugar. Third is applesauce with added sugar and so farth… but before you go there is there any other fruit in the house? Bananas or oranges? Whole fruit paired with nuts or cheese is an awesome snack.
Begin the habit of keeping a clean eating meal file. Look for new meals to try out so that you always have something new to look forward too. Boredom on any eating plan can quickly derail healthy food choices.
You can have unlimited leafy greens but watch portion sizes on other foods. When you’re clean eating, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that portion sizes don’t matter, but this isn’t true. Get into and stay in the habit of making sure your portion sizes are within a healthy range.
Focus on lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. It’s also a good idea to have the habit of eating lean protein at mealtime and making sure that you have complex carbs included as well. This will keep your energy from dipping and keep you from getting hungry as quickly.