Ready to make some changes to your nutrition but have some questions?
“What is clean eating?” “Where do I start?” How do you eat clean?” It can be confusing at first especially when making lifestyle changes. Once you get the basics in place, it is actually much easier to eat clean than you might think. If there were just one tip I would like to pass on, it’s baby steps.
Eating clean is eating real food in the correct portions. No junk and nothing processed. That’s it. Doesn’t sound too hard does it? Now that you know what it means to eat clean, let’s open up your pantry and see what’s inside. Do you see a lot of “white” as in white sugar, white flour, white potatoes? How about the “C’s” – chips, cookies, candy? The whites and the C’s are not real food – they are all processed in one form or another. I’m not saying NEVER eat these foods again but we should limit them in our diets for special occasions.
If eating clean is something you plan to have the family do with you, then slow and steady is the way to go. Probably not be a good idea to get rid of everything that your family has always eaten for dinner and serve them only veggies. You can bet you will have a mutiny on your hands! As baby steps will keep you on track it will also be easier for your family to join the clean eating journey with you.
Ready to make some changes? Great! Start slowly and build from there:
- Replace your white flour with whole wheat flour and use as you would white flour in breads and anything else that requires flour.
- Replace anything instant such as instant oatmeal with good old-fashioned oatmeal. Instant oatmeal is very highly processed which causes us to lose the nutritional benefits of oatmeal.
- Replace vegetable oil with Extra Virgin Olive Oil in salads. Coconut oil is great for cooking. Sesame oil is the best for stir fry.
- Replace white sugar with organic raw honey for things that need a little sweetening.
- Natural peanut butter over processed peanut butters that have fructose or other sweeteners.
- Replace white rice with brown rice or quinoa. LOVE quinoa and I use it as I would rice.
- Choose raw nuts over roasted. My favorites are raw almonds, walnuts and pecans. I chop them and add them to my yogurt for a snack.
Replacing the 7 foods above with the healthier options shown is a great step in the right direction. Remember to take baby steps. Small consistent changes will soon become healthy lifestyle habits. Over time, you will find these simple changes will have a huge impact in how you feel. Have a wonderful week!
To your health,