What Is Clean Eating?
Sometimes the hardest part of trying to eat healthily is not knowing how to get started, but did you know there’s a difference between healthy eating and clean eating? Clean eating is making the mindful decision to eat foods that are beneficial to your body. In our lecture this week we will be discussing healthy alternatives, but we start with five easy steps on how to start eating clean.
Five Benefits of Clean Eating
- Eat small frequent meals 5 – 6 times per day. This will help maintain appropriate blood sugar levels and prevent hunger.
- Include lean protein, vegetables, complex carbs and healthy fats in each meal. All of these play vital roles in the well-being and proper functioning of your body.
- Avoid most processed and refined foods such as sugar, candy, soda and baked goods. Only eat these once in a while… that doesn’t mean once a day!
- Avoid products with trans fats like doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches, or things containing a lot of butter. Trans fats raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Hydration is the most important thing you can do to allow your body to work correctly. Don’t substitute other beverages like sports drinks for water.
How To Get Started On Clean Eating
One great way to eat clean is by planning your meals in advance so you spend less energy focusing on your hunger. Click here for meal prep tips and a list of foods you should eat to keep you on track.