How to Eat Clean

How to eat clean.  A questions I have been hearing a lot lately. As a Wellness Coach & Personal Trainer, I work with several individuals who are trying to live healthy lifestyles, lose weight, build muscle, lower stress….a little bit of everything.  And one topic/question that I keep hearing again and again…”How do I eat clean?” or “What does it mean to have a clean eating diet”.  I thought for my “Wellness Tip Wednesday” we would discuss what clean eating means…What is all the buzz about!

Wellness Wednesday Tip 2, What is Clean Eating? 

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As I mentioned above, “Clean Eating” is creating a buzz in the health & wellness world.  Many people often will try clean eating to lose weight OR many try to eat clean on the reg.  To keep it super simple, clean eating basically means and stresses the importance of eating healthy, whole, unprocessed foods.  Eating foods in their most natural state!

Your body thrives off of eating a diet rich in whole unprocessed foods.  Just think how your own body feels after eating…say a McDonalds sandwich VS a large salad grilled organic chicken topped with sweet potatoes and  sprouts.  You have much more energy with the latter! AMIRIGHT?! Eating clean really is not a diet, its a lifestyle.  It has built in flexibility, and really anyone can do it, but you DO have to plan ahead.  Meaning, you have to be a grocery shopper and think before you walk in to Trader Joes.

Follow the tips below to start your clean eating adventure.  

  • Minimize processed foods and turn towards whole & natural options.  Put those boxes, bags, and wrapped foods away and reach for the fresh choices!
  • Don’t get stuck on counting calories.  Instead, count ingredients! Read those food labels and make sure you know what your eating.  You want to limit the ingredients in your food.  The less, the better.  And…you want to be able to pronounce those ingredients.

  • Limit your sugar.  Sugar, the new drug.  Try to eat foods that have natural sugar in them rather than added sugar. The less processed, the better.
  • Make sure your eating a diet rich in lean protein, health fats, and carbs.  You need all three!
  • Try more “meatless” recipes.  load up on beans, seeds, nuts, whole unrefined grains, and veggies!
  • Shop clean, cook clean, eat clean.  Just keep repeating!

I hope this answers your questions.  Just remember, the main goal to eating clean is to avoid processed foods. Clean eating is a simple concept with a pretty big payoff. Eating clean makes you aware of where your food comes from and makes you read labels.  You know exactly what you’re putting into your body and paying attention to how it makes your feel.

So remember, clean eating isn’t about counting calories or eliminating food groups, but to eat foods that your body will love.  Eat foods with a BIG nutritional punch!

Do you consider your diet clean?