If you spend any amount of time on social media you’ve probably seen the hashtag #cleaneats or #eatclean leading you to wonder what exactly “clean eating” is. In a nutshell, clean eating focuses on eating whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods. This is very different from from the standard American diet (1).
Many people would like to change their eating habits, but aren’t sure where to start. Below are some easy steps anyone can make to vastly improve their diet and health.
1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store for the bulk of your groceries. This is where the perishable, less processed foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc. are located. These foods are naturally nutrient dense and unprocessed.
2. Check ingredient lists, the shorter the better. If a product has many ingredients but they are ingredients you recognize, the food is still probably a healthy choice.
3. Food Prep. Spend an hour or two on the weekends chopping and peeling fruits and vegetables, precooking proteins like hard boiling eggs or grilling chicken, or making healthy baked goods for snacks such as these healthy breakfast muffins. This will make packing a healthy lunch or making a healthy dinner after a long workday faster and easier.
4. Keep healthy foods in visible areas. It’s a lot easier to reach for fruits or veggies when they’re stored in a bowl on the counter or already chopped in a clear container near the front of your fridge. In the same vein keep less nutritious options such as candy or leftover cake in opaque containers in a less accessible area such as a high cupboard or back of the freezer.
5. Cook at home for the majority of your meals. Cooking at home allows you to control exactly what ingredients are in your meals and go into your body. Most foods made at home are much lower in calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats than restaurant versions. Plus it saves a ton of money!
6. Stick to water. Pop, juices, and other sweetened beverages have little to no nutritional value and have large amounts of a sugar, a nutrient that American needs to decrease consumption of (1).
Implementing any or all of these steps are a great start to eating a greener, cleaner diet!
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