Monday, May 7, 2012

What is "Clean Eating" ?

I don't know about the rest of you but I am just a little bit behind on figuring out what the "Clean Eating" bandwagon is all about.  It has piqued my curiosity though, so I thought it would explain it to the rest of you who were wondering as well.  

Clean Eating is a diet program based on abundantly eating whole natural foods .  What are whole foods you ask?  Those are foods as close to their natural state as you can get.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.  This means staying away from pre packaged, processed or fast foods.  

This sounds like a wonderful idea to me!!  

There are several steps involved in clean eating which include:

1.  Eat LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies.  It is thought by many "clean eaters" that we were meant to survive on fresh fruits and vegetables.  When you buy  processed fruits and vegetables much of the nutritional value is wasted and they are chock full of extra salt, sugar and chemicals.  

2.  Balance your proteins and carbohydrates.  Eat lean meats and or organic/grass fed meats or "free range" meats.  Grill, broil, or steam your meats instead of frying them.  

3.  Avoid sodas and other high calorie, sugary drinks.  One of the tenets of Clean Eating is to remove sugars from the diet.  Choose water or unsweet teas for your beverage.  You might try juicing your own fruits and vegetables without adding sugar for a tasty drink.  

4.  Trade bad fats for good fats.  Saturated fats are removed from the diet.  Avoid fast foods, eat lean meats, and get your healthy fats from fatty fish and nuts.  

5.  Eat several small meals per day to keep your blood sugar stabilized.  Choose your snacks from nuts, low and fat free dairy, and fruits and vegetables. 

On the website they state:

A person that eats clean generally practices the following:
  • Eliminates refined sugar
  • Cooks healthy meals
  • Packs healthy meals
  • Makes healthy choices when dining out
  • Drinks a lot of water
  • Eats 5-6 small meals per day
  • Eliminates alcoholic beverages (or significantly limits it)
  • Always eats breakfast
I am ready to make some changes in our diets around our house, will you be joining me? 


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