What is Clean Eating?
The most basic explanation of clean eating is not eating anything processed. The idea is to eat food as close to its natural state as possible. Does anything naturally come in a box? Nope. Then stay away. I am not saying you can’t have things like frozen veggies because those for the most part are ok. The reason for staying away from pre-packaged and processed is there are so many added things that your body doesn’t need. You think that TV dinner is quick and easy? Check the label sometime. Most of those things have way more sodium and other ingredients than your daily allowance.
It is really just being more mindful about what you put in your body. It is not a crazy elimination diet it is a lifestyle.
All that being said... not all things in boxes are bad. What makes you the best at eating clean is reading labels. There is a misconception that if you can pronounce it you can eat it. There are a lot of things you may not be able to pronounce but are still good for you. You know your own body best and you want to fuel it to live your best life. For me I struggle most with refined sugars. I have health issues that make me crave sugars and I just love sugar. With clean eating you want to avoid refined sugars as much as possible. There are other sweeteners you can use though. Stevia, honey, pure maple syrup and others are good replacements.
Some Links to Help you Eat CleanThese are some links that I have used to do my own research. I hope they help!
Ultimate Guide to Starting & Maintaining the Eat Clean Diet!
The Complete Crash Course on Clean Eating
Eating Clean For Dummies Cheat Sheet
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