Are you considering moving to clean eating but cannot find the time to start?
It may sound lilke clean eating requires an entire shift of lifestyle, one that requires proper planning and proper initiation. You may even be putting it off until you get a few days off from work or when that one big project is over.
BUT…you will keep looking for reasons to put off change until you realise that you can just break it into smaller pieces and integrate it slowly into your life. You don’t have to change everything around you all at once in order to live better and brighter, you need only remember a few things as your guiding principles once you set out on your journey.
One of the most integral things in clean eating is what you choose to eat.
I do not mean only meal planning according to the food pyramid, I mean that whatever you do eat, the closer it is to its natural state, the better it is for you. Try steering clear of foods that have been refined, processed, or preserved. It is always better to go natural to gain the nutrients it promises you without the meddling chemicals or preservatives that may take away its natural goodness.
When you are trying to eat real, it is also a good idea to eat organic as much as you can. In this day and age, enhancements and hormonal treatments have creeped into all foodstuffs, which end up having an adverse effect on your health even if you are eating what you should in all the right quantities. Remember, clean food is as close as possible to it’s natural state, this includes not being sprayed with pesticides.
Always read labels.
They give away everything you need to know about the food you are buying. Usually, the more ingredients a product contains, the higher there are chances that the food is processed (or that it is in a box is typically a sign it is processed!).
Even when you try eating healthy, there is a chance that the products you buy contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colours that make the healthy unhealthy. Make sure you read the label to be sure that the yoghurt you add to your bowl of berries is not what is going to ruin your diet (just check out how much sugar there is in some of these! Woah).
The simplest trick in eating clean is to remember that eating clean equals to eating greens.
You do not need a key that is more complex than this when you are trying to do your bare minimum to jump start into clean eating.
Try your hardest to incorporate leafy greens into whatever you are having for a healthy serving of vitamins A, C, and E. As well as increased fibre which boosts your metabolism by assisting digestion. By filling you up with the least number of calories but the most amount of nutrients, leafy greens allow you to be healthy just by looking out for a certain colour of food – surely this is an easy place to start! With as many smoothies and salads out there, leafy greens can always find one or the other to your diet. Add a side salad to lunch and dinner, whack some spinach in your morning smoothie (you won’t even notice it) and eventually, you will be surprised that you enjoy having this as part of your meal.
What to omit
We have talked about adding, now let us talk about omission. One of the simplest things you can omit for maximum effect is sugar & artificial sugar. First, recognise all things that contain artificial sweeteners. Drop that can of soft drink, say no to those lollies, and there you go. You are already on your way to clean eating. Watch how your energy stabilises and your mood is uplifted when you cancel out artificial sugars in your life that play with your blood sugar levels. It’s the step that affects your mind and body both.