Clean Eating is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It is a way of eating that is natural, wholesome, energizing and provides your body with superior nutrition.
Clean eating is not about deprivation or going hungry. It is about choosing foods that will provide your body the opportunity to look and feel its best. When you are following an Eat Clean Diet it becomes a lifestyle choice, not a dietary choice.
You are not eliminating any food groups from your diet as other plans propose, like not eating any fat, or staying away from all carbs. You are eating all food groups, but following the principals of eating clean.
Here are the Eat-Clean Principles:
- Eat breakfast! Do not skip meals.
- Eat five or six small meals every day.
- Eat Every 2 to 3 hours.
- Eat fresh veggies and fruits for fiber.
- Combine lean protein and complex carbs at every meal.
- Drink at least 8 cups of water a day.
- Bring food with you if you are out of the house so that you do not become so hungry that you make poor choices.
- Avoid processed, refined foods, especially white sugar and flour.
- Avoid chemicals, preservatives and artificial sugar.
- Avoid saturated and trans fats.
- Eat healthy fats every day, like avocado, olive oil, etc.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid food that has no nutritional value.
- Eat the proper portion sizes: Protein the size of the palm of your hand, veggies the size of two hands cupped together and whole grain carbohydrates (i.e., brown rice, oatmeal), the size of one hand cupped.
If you want to learn more about eating clean, then I totally recommend that you read my favorite book on the subject, “The Eat-Clean Diet” (Tosca Reno). It is an easy read, with real life menus anyone can follow.
This book teaches you all the principles you need to know to about clean eating. It also gives you perfect shopping lists, menu plans, and recipes. It is a great introduction into the clean eating LIFESTYLE.