The Basic Concept Behind Clean Eating

pork-loin-minClean 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.herbs-and-flavor-min

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.

4 Hot Tips to Help You Give Up Fast Food and Eat Healthier

motivationIt’s the Monday of the 2nd week of the New Year and many people have already defaulted on their resolutions. Staying motivated can be hard, especially when it comes to fast food and eating a healthy diet.

You know how it goes…

It’s been a long day. You get off of work and head home in a hellacious commute. An hour or so later you’re  picking up your kids from their after school program and maybe even making another stop before heading home (basketball practice, karate, dance, etc.)… then it’s time to figure out what’s for dinner! You’re tired and the last thing you feel like doing is cooking. The temptation to stop off at the drive-thru is strong because it’s both easy and convenient. BUT it’s also almost always unhealthy  and totally against your weight loss and fitness goals. Don’t do it. Bad habits may be hard to break but it is possible to kick the fast food habit by planning ahead.

Here are a few tips to help you kick the fast food habit and eat healthier: