Practical Tips to Make Clean Eating Easier

Clean eating is a relatively simple concept. Instead of the idea revolving around eating less or more of specific nutrients (such as more protein, less carb), the idea is more about being mindful of what food items you ingest.

However, today’s food production has become more and more sophisticated that simply having whole foods become a challenging day-to-day battle. So, how can you make it easier to eat clean and healthily? Here are some tips we want to share with you.

Stick to regular food items. And by regular, we mean those food items you can easily pronounce and understand their names. For example, have oats and blueberries instead of blueberry oat muffins, or snack on some strawberries dipped in cream cheese rather than devouring a whole slice of strawberry cheesecake.

Simplify your meals. Keep your food ingredients to a minimum—just don’t forget to include source or lean protein, whole grains and healthy fat for each meal. For example, you can have stir-fried shrimps and veggies with brown rice for restaurant quality dinner, but can be prepared faster than having to wait for a takeout order.

Enjoy your food. Put your spoon and fork down after every bite and savor the flavors and the richness of the food. Try the 5 Ss—sit, simplify, savor, slow down and smile. Make these a habit to help you master mindful eating and help you enjoy your food more.

Eat on a regular schedule. Have your meals on time and try not to let about four hours go by without eating or snacking on something. Eating in the same times of the day makes it easier for your body to create a rhythm that helps regulate your appetite, insulin levels, digestive system and blood sugar.

Listen to your body. Eat something when you feel hungry and stop when you’re already full—this means satisfied, not stuffed.

How to Eat Clean

Pesticide-free organic food items are preferable to avoid ingesting chemicals and added hormones. It is also important to remember that eating clean food doesn’t give you the license to take ridiculous amount. They may be healthy, but they still have calories.

Unprocessed foods you’d want to include in your everyday diet include:

  • Farm-fresh eggs
  • Nuts
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Dried legumes

Minimally processed foods that you can also have in your diet include:

  • Frozen fruits and veggies
  • Unrefined grains, like steel-cut oats, whole-wheat pasta and bread, brown rice and quinoa
  • Hormone-free dairy
  • Unprocessed meat
  • Oils

Realistically, when trying to eat clean, it doesn’t mean you only have to eat raw food, straight form the plant. It simply means choosing minimally processed food items with fewer ingredients on its label. Generally, cleaner foods have shorter labels and most (if not all) of its ingredients are recognizable.

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