With so many fad diets happening right now you may be wondering if clean eating is another one.
Well, for starters we should clarify that clean eating is not a diet. You’ll probably lose weight when you start a clean eating routine, but the point is about eliminating processed foods from your life.
There are so many hormones, antibiotics and preservatives in the food we eat today that disrupt our body’s functions. It is no surprise that there are many people with depression.
To get you started, I made this guide on the basics to clean eating so you can get started right away.
1 – Eat less meat in general but make it natural
The less meat we eat the better for many reasons. If you do eat meat, however, make sure it is not processed.
Even fresh meat can be processed as it can contain salt water, hormones and even have some chemicals to preserve it. Look for companies that do not do that to their meat. Find a chicken meat supplier, for example that sells natural chicken that hasn’t been adulterated.
Cut out things like bacon, cured meats and sausage since they have a ton of salt, sugar and nitrites.
Don’t worry about getting enough protein as many vegetables contain protein.
2 – Eat mostly vegetables
There is nothing better to detox your body than to load up on veggies. It doesn’t even matter what kind as long as you eat mostly vegetables.
Most people don’t eat enough vegetables and it shows. Eating vegetables reduces heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and other diseases. Since there is a health crisis happening in many western countries, it is plain to see that diet plays a big part.
3 – Eat whole grains
Put the white bread down and instead grab some quinoa. We should be eating less bread in general, even whole grain bread, and just eat the grains themselves. They are filling and provide Omega 6.
Grains are underutilized and underappreciated, but there are some good traditional recipes that you can find to make some very tasty meals with.
4 – Beans and other legumes
Take a look at any traditional cuisine and you will see beans prominently featured. Beans are a cheap source of protein and are really filling. Lentils, garbanzo beans and others are great sources of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins and many other important vitamins and minerals.
They are easy to prepare and you can buy in bulk to always have on hand. Beans can be eaten as a side dish or as the meal itself.
5 – Cut out the sugar
I know how hard it is to cut sugar out of your diet. Instead of going cold turkey, cut down a little at a time. Take one spoon instead of two in your morning coffee and slowly decrease it until you don’t need any. Sweets should be avoided as they offer no benefit, just empty calories. This is probably going to be the hardest part of clean eating as many of us are unknowingly addicted to sugar.