Clean eating is a simple, inexpensive way to eat healthy. Because it’s good for the body and easy to do, the popularity of this eating plan continues to rise. The basic concept behind clean eating is based on guidelines that anyone can adhere to.
You start by making sure that the foods you have for your snacks and all of your meals are natural ones. You would pick food items that are as close to the way that they were made in nature over picking foods that are processed.
When foods are processed, you can usually tell by the packaging. These items will usually be in cans or boxes. If it has an ingredient label with more than one or two items, then it’s usually processed.
To avoid processed foods, look for items that are found in your produce section such as leafy green vegetables and fruits. Non-processed foods are ones that are brought to the store in the same state in which they were grown.
They’re not put in cans or covered in preservatives or anything additional. When you’re following a clean eating plan, you’ll want to make sure your menus are based on unrefined foods.
Refined foods are foods that have been changed from the way they were grown into something where the makeup of the original isn’t the same. For example, white rice was changed from its original state of brown rice.
You want your diet to be filled w
ith whole grains as much as possible. This means that you should eat things like brown rice or legumes. Some people are addicted to sugar but sugar isn’t good for you and when you’re on a clean eating plan, it’s best to avoid it.
Just because it’s January 4th, doesn’t mean you can’t still make some awesome New Years resolutions. You’ve still got 361 days left in 2013, so that fresh start is still yours for the taking! Grab a pen and start thinking about some goals that you want to accomplish this year. Your goals may range from job/career goals, spiritual goals, and the most popular – weight loss and fitness goals, which what this article will focus on.
Here are 5 diet resolutions you can make this year that are totally worth it:
#1 – Drink More Water
Water is the best way to stay hydrated, cleanse your body and rid it of toxins, keep your body working in optimal condition, and deter false signs of hunger. Did you know that many people often confuse their body’s hunger & thirst signals? I know it may sound a little nutty but it’s true. There are times when you think you might be hungry but in truth your body is just dehydrated and in need of a little water. It’s not a bad idea to cut out soda, fruit juice, and sugary drinks as well… or least cut back. Most people do not realize how many calories they are drinking every day. Water does a body good, so drink at least 8-10 glasses each day.
#2 – Eat 5-6 Small Meals Each Day
The word is out! Eating more often actually keeps your metabolism revved up and results in more weight loss than starving yourself. It’s important, however, that what you eat is healthy and nutritious (so don’t reach for those candy bars). Try pre-planning your meals each day so that you make good choices and don’t end up struggling to find something nutritious to eat. Strive to eat every 2-3 hours, which is the best way to keep your metabolism functioning properly, as well as your blood sugar and energy levels in balance. When you eat regularly, your body knows it’s ok to burn calories. When you skip meals and deprive your body of food, it goes into starvation mode because it doesn’t know when to expect the next meal, which results in a slower metabolism, hoarding calories, and fat storage. No bueno.
#3 – Focus on Eating Whole Foods
I don’t count calories and diet, per se – I focus on eating unprocessed foods that are nutritious and healthy. While you can go on a specific kind of diet plan – or follow a meal plan – many find it’s simply easier to follow a few simple rules:
- Cut out processed junk food (cookies, chips, candy, fast food, etc.)
- Eat “whole” food, like veggies, fruit, and lean protein (chicken, fish, etc.)
- Cut out (or cut down) on sugar and sugar laden drinks (soda, KoolAid, etc.)
- Choose complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates (so choose brown rice or quinoa over white rice, or sweet potatoes over white potatoes, etc.)