What Exactly is Clean Eating?
At its most basic, clean eating is making the healthiest food choices possible, opting for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean cuts of meat instead of processed and refined foods. To eat clean, there are a few easy principles to follow.
Clean Eating Principles:
Eating a mini-meal every two to three hours (5 to 6 small meals per day total) to keep blood sugar level and prevent hunger
Combining lean proteins and complex carbs at every meal
Avoiding all over-processed and refined foods (especially sugar, white rice, and white flour)
Avoiding saturated and trans fat, instead consuming healthy fats
Avoiding soda and other sugary juices and drinks
Avoiding high-calorie, zero nutrient foods (i.e., junk food)
Eating proper portion sizes
Drinking at least 8 cups of water every day
What Clean Eating is Not
When describing clean eating, it’s important to point out what eating clean is not. Clean eating is not a diet, although it is a great way to reduce body fat, lose weight, and keep the weight off. Clean eating is a lifestyle that requires time, commitment, and pre-planning and is not just a way of eating that can accomplish weight loss or overall health just by doing it Monday through Friday only. Clean eating is not about deprivation, avoiding food groups, counting calories or starvation, but about making healthy food choices and providing the body with the best foods possible.
The Benefits of Clean Eating
Increased mental well-being
One of my favorite clean meals, which also happens to be my Healthiest Meal of the Day, is Shakeology. I use Shakeology because it literally has EVERYTHING in it that my body needs!