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.
The Importance Of Good Nutrition
You need to consider whether the foods you eat are high in nutritional value. The reason is if you eat foods that are low in nutritional value your body will not function effectively and optimally. This has an adverse effect on all your body’s processes and can ultimately lead to you gaining weight. For example, if you become deficient in the nutrients that support healthy digestion your body will not be as efficient at breaking down the foods you eat and as a result you will gain weight.
An Introduction To The Nutrients
The nutrients are quite simply substances that provide nourishment. They can be broken down into 3 main categories:
1) The Macronutrients: These are the 3 main nutrients your body needs to survive. They are the main source of calories in the human diet and are required in relatively large amounts.
Trying to eat better? It can be a confusing path. Information about what’s healthy and how to lose weight comes in many shapes and forms, and the information is often contradictory. You might hear the old adage, “calories in, calories out.” And the next minute you might read that “not all calories are equal.”
So what’s the truth and what is good nutrition? Do you trust the federal nutrition guidelines, your doctor, your best friend, the latest trend or do you listen to your body?
If you’re confused and frustrated, you’re not alone. The good news is that all of this confusion really only stems from two places:
1. New science and information being released
2. Companies trying to profit from the information
These can overlap – quality companies and manufacturers do make good, nutritious food based on the latest in health and nutrition science. If you can evaluate the nutrition information you’re reading or hearing and ask where the information comes from, then you’re way ahead of the majority of the population. This guide incorporates that new science and information. We’ll share what the guidelines are and why they have been created.
Let’s start with the information you may have learned in grade school and how it’s changed over the years.