6 Steps to Clean Eating

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Clean eating, when followed correctly, can be a great way to incorporate more fruits, veggies and other nutritious foods into your daily diet.

Our friends at Rally Health gathered the best studies and interviews with nutrition experts on how to start a clean eating lifestyle.

  1. Focus on plant-based foods. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables; legumes; nuts and seeds; and whole grains. You can still eat meat, just be sure to select the highest-quality and leanest options available.
  2. Avoid packaged and processed foods and meats. If going 100% process free is not realistic, go for the healthiest offerings. Learning to read and understand ingredients on package labels is a great first step. Look for foods with lower sugar, salt, fat, and look for options that use whole grains.
  3. Eat out less. As Rally Health explains, “Research shows that people who cook most of their meals at home consume less fat and sugar and fewer total calories than those who don’t. They also make better choices when they do go out.”
  4. Be mindful of your meals. Take pleasure in the foods and meals you consume. Eat slowly and savor the flavors. Applying this strategy can help avoid over-eating and learning how to listen to your body when it’s full.
  5. Steer clear of strict versions of clean eating. Starving your body of the nutrients it needs is never a healthy nor a long-term way to lose weight. Do your research and look for plans that focus on reducing flour, sugar, preservatives and other potential unhealthy ingredients.
  6. Detox naturally. Detoxing has become a controversial topic in the nutrition industry. Many leading nutritionists believe the need to detox beyond the body’s natural ability to do so is unnecessary. Instead, use juices and smoothies as a way to help reach your daily fruits and veggies intake goal.  

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