The latest catch phrase is Clean Eating. It’s everywhere from signs in the grocery store to restaurant menus, but what does it really mean? Clean eating is exactly what it implies – it’s a way of eating and it’s also a way of living that puts you on a path to better health and well being. So, when it comes to cleaning up your diet remember a few simple elements:
Eat more “real” foods. This means eat less processed or refined foods, while eating more fresh vegetables. Real food at the grocery store is usually located near the outside edges. The aisles are where the processed foods reside.
Eat most meals at home, but if you do eat out read the menus. Look for foods that are low in salt and fats. Look for heart healthy symbols and ask for dressings on the side. Burger King isn’t the only place you can get it your way.
Eat produce only after it has been thoroughly washed. Buy organic when you can and eat more locally grown food. Go to your nearest farmer’s market for eggs from chickens that roam free and are raised without hormones. You may want to consider joining a local food co-op.
Eat more plant based proteins like beans, lentils, and peas along with high-protein whole grains like quinoa, barley, and buckwheat.
And while you are cleaning up your diet, you might as well clean up your act too! Adopt a cleaner lifestyle by getting enough physical exercise during the day and get enough sleep at night. Learn ways of managing your stress and connect with people you enjoy. Live, love, laugh, and be happy!