Eating Clean: A Place to Start

26 Sep

There are so many healthy eating tips out there it is hard to know where to make changes in your diet.  Eating clean is a great place to start. A little research quickly reveals that there are several different definitions for what eating clean really means.  When I personally talk about eating clean it means sticking with whole foods in their most natural form as much as possible and avoiding added chemicals, sugars, added sodium and unnatural ingredients.

Here’s an example of the types of food I eat regularly:

Whole Grains: quinoa, brown rice, barely, steel cut oats

Lunch: Steel cut oats, egg whites, red peppers, mushrooms

Vegetables: Sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, bell peppers

Fruits: (whenever possible opting for those low in sugar) blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pears, apples, bananas

Lean Proteins: Ground turkey, chicken, egg whites, fish

Healthy fats: unsalted nuts, avocado, olive oil, salmon

In addition to eating clean, I am also an advocate for drinking clean!  Often times we consume a lot of unnecessary chemicals in the form of liquid, which detracts from the amount of water we consume.  Water is essential for our health and helps with our metabolism, so it’s important we consume enough every day.  If you like to sip on things, try a smoothie for lunch made with fresh blueberries, raspberries, ice, plain Greek yogurt, a banana and honey.

Dinner: Sweet potato, lean ground turkey, low fat cottage cheese

The most important thing you can do when you are changing your diet is to pay attention to you body.  While one person might react adversely to dairy, others may tolerate it well.  Pay attention to how you feel after you eat certain foods.  The foods above are an excellent starting point to construct your daily eating plan. Combining these food groups within each meal will give you the healthy balance of nutrition you need to fuel yourself through the day.

One of my favorite sites to find recipes on eating clean is http://eatingcleanrecipes.com/  If you have recipes you like or other sites you frequent for ideas, feel free to share them.  Happy eating!

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