If you hate dieting, why do it? Dieting leaves you feeling deprived and hungry. Why not try clean eating instead. What is clean eating? It’s ridding your diet of highly processed foods and foods with a lot of chemical ingredients and preservatives. You’ll eat food that’s closest to its natural state. What you get is food that has more to offer than just empty calories.
You can start by eliminating food with added sugar.
Most people find that giving up food with added sugar is the hardest task to tackle. It seems to be in everything. No matter how natural the sugar is, whether it’s cane sugar, fructose, maple syrup or honey, it’s simply not healthy. In fact, more and more studies are pointing to too much sugar in the diet as a cause of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. It’s known to be a factor in the development of diabetes, cancer, accelerated aging and many other health issues.
Think organic when it comes to most fruits and vegetables.
Two lists that you should keep on hand when shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables that can save you money are the “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen.” The EWG tested fruits and vegetables across the nation to create the list. The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and veggies that still have lingering pesticides no matter how much you wash them, such as strawberries and the Clean 15 were those that had little or no chemical contamination, like avocados. Buy organic, unless you’re using a fruit or vegetable from the Clean 15 list.
Skip highly processed foods, particularly processed meats and those with processed flour.
Choose whole grain products to maximize the benefits. White bread made from processed bleached flour has had all the nutrients removed, leaving nothing but empty calories. Whole grains still contain those nutrients. One study showed that eating a hot dog, which is highly processed meat, could take 36 minutes off your life. That doesn’t sound like much, but when you take in other factors, that also shorten your life, they all add up to years.
- Choosing healthier fats and oils is also part of clean eating, so is using the right type of oil based on temperature. Olive oil is very healthy, but has a low smoke point and isn’t healthy at high heat. Choose butter from grass fed cow milk, rather than margarine or regular butter.
- Clean eating doesn’t mean you have to eat only fresh fruits and vegetables. Frozen veggies and fruit are just as healthy as long as there are no additives. The same is true for canned goods.
- Consider bread made with sprouted seeds, made from sourdough or one that’s 100% whole wheat, oat, sprouted rye or flax.
- A big part of your diet is what you drink. Avoid soft drinks and sugary drinks like the plague. Choose water or healthy options like tea. If you don’t like water, try infused water, where you increase flavor by adding fruits, vegetables and herbs.
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