Clean Eating


Number one thing to do is EAT WHOLE FOODS:
This one is pretty straightforward -- instead of a apple raisin granola bar have a apple and raisins with cooked rolled oats! The primary principle of eating clean is to replace processed foods with fresh and natural foods. To me, this means foods that haven't had anything added to them, and haven't had anything valuable taken away.
So, even if you're not growing quinoa in your back yard, you can buy this whole grain in the bulk section of your market, or in a box, where the only ingredient is quinoa, and only quinoa. That's a far cry from a refined grain, that's been stripped of its fiber-rich bran (outer skin) and nutritious germ (the inner part that sprouts into a new plant), bleached, and doctored up with preservatives.
I don't think it's realistic to never eat anything that comes out of a jar, box, or bag, but when you do, the very first thing a clean eater looks at is the ingredient list. Reading it is the only way to really know what's in your food, and choose foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
For example, when going to the store flip the box around and read the ingredients. If choosing a boxed product read to make sure the ingredients are as close to clean as they can be, for example: A cracker  that contains organic short grain brown rice, organic whole quinoa, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic brown flax seeds, organic brown sesame seeds, organic poppyseeds, filtered water, sea salt, organic sea weed, organic black pepper, organic herbs -- all "real" and recognizable ingredients; a list that practically reads like a recipe I could recreate in my own kitchen.
On the flip side if you pick up a box of crackers that reads : sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate, and TBHQ (short for tertiary butylhydroquinone) then that is not ok... do your recognize any of those names? Also, keep in mind just because the product may say reduced fat or low fat does not mean it is healthy.
Commercials and marketing can be so skewed when describing a product they claim to be health. Clean eating is about focusing on the ingredients first, and not letting terms like zero trans fat, low sodium, or sugar free fool you into thinking that a processed food is healthy.
In addition to choosing not to pollute your body with substances that serve no biological purpose, clean eating is also about transforming my beachbody customers lives, from clearer, glowing skin and shinier hair to more energy, better mood and sleep quality, clearer thinking, less aches and pains and of course improvement of the over all health. clean eating mixed with a daily exercise routine is the answer to weight loss. One of the programs that follows this so well is the "21 day fix". In that program they really get it and they teach you how to make clean eating a habit and a true life altering change!
To me, part of eating clean is thinking of food as preventative medicine. After all, the phrase "you are what you eat" is literally true, so being thoughtful about your food just makes sense. Nutrients create the foundation for the structure and function of every cell in your body, and because your body is in a continuous state of maintenance and repair, the health and functioning of your cells is directly determined by what you've been eating.


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