The goal is to limit your processed food intake and eat natural food as much as humanly possible. It’s about eating more of the best, healthiest options in each of the food groups. We understand clean eating is not easy but you can take steps to get your daily food intake to a better, healthier place.
- Limiting Processed Foods
Processed food are high in sodium, sugar and fat. A couple key things to note here: Look for foods that have 5 or less ingredients on the package and if you can’t say the names of the ingredients then stay away.
- Take Out Sugar
Most people have far too much sugar in their diet. What you want to do is limit the foods with added sugars in them like sweets and soda. You also want to look out for foods that have added sugar to them.
- Limit Salt Intake
Going on from sugar is your salt intake. Like sugar, you want to make sure you are eating foods that have not added salt to them. You can also help lower your salt intake by limiting your processed food. You could add herbs and spices in its place or no-salt items like Mrs. Dash.
- Eat Your Veggies
Vegetables tend to be where many people lack in their diet. It is super important to make sure you eat enough veggies daily as they are jam-packed with nutrients that your body needs – like potassium, dietary fiber, vitamins A and C.
Low potassium is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive disorders and even stroke. Potassium can be found in: Banana, sweet potato, beans, winter squash, prunes and yogurt.
- Eat Fruits
Just like vegetables, fruits are packed with loads of nutrients that your body craves everyday, like potassium and Vitamin C. When you can choose whole, fresh fruit over dried, canned or fruit juices. If you need to chose fruits that are canned in their own juices with no sugar added.
- No Alcohol
What?! Yes, it’s true. Alcohol is in fact not “clean”. It’s all sorts of fermented, sugary goodness. So with that in mind, you would want to try to stay away from alcohol as much as possible.
- Grocery Store Tips
- Make a list before you go and stick to it!
- Shop the perimeter and stick to the outer walls! That’s where they put all the fresh, natural, foods – fruits, veggies, meats
- Avoid the aisles – if you don’t need anything in an aisle, just skip it!
- In the frozen food section, avoid anything that says “one step”, “heat and serve” or “ready to go” meals in a box
- When buying canned food, look for low sodium versions, salmon and tuna packed in water, and no extra sugars!