I remember the first time that I head the term “clean eating.” I was like…I already wash my food. What the heck more am I supposed to do?
I soon learned that “clean eating” is the way you eat. Here’s your Clean Eating: 101 Lesson.
Clean eating is simply this.
- Eating whole foods: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grass-fed and free-range meats, low fat dairy products, Shakeology, unsalted nuts, and seeds. These are the foods you typically find around the perimeter of the supermarket.
- Avoiding processed foods: This applies to anything with a label or anything with more than one ingredient. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient, more than likely, it’s not good for you.
- Going Organic. This means that your food was grown naturally, and has not been grown using chemical pesticides, fertilizers, additives, etc. Sometimes organic items can be more expensive, so begin with items like grapes, berries, and nuts– items with more surface area. More surface area=more chemicals!
- Eliminating refined sugar and No Artificial sweeteners. Instead of Equal and Spendla, try Stevia, Raw Organic Honey, Pure Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar.
- No alcohol or soda.
- Drinking the right amount of water. I like to recommend half your body weight in ounces.
If this looks intimidating, no worries. You can ease into a healthier lifestyle. Start where you are, use what you can and add to it. Make it fun and be creative. Healthy living isn’t just bland and boring diet food. It’s so much more!
If you’re ready to begin, here’s the shopping list I use. You can print it out or save to your phone. Either way, you’re all set to start.