What Is Clean Eating?

See how you can get started on a healthier lifestyle through clean eating.

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Clean eating is not just a diet, but rather a way of life. Clean eating means that you pledge to eliminate bad things from your daily diet like chemicals, added hormones, and processed foods, and instead eat naturally. Natural foods mean anything that is naturally grown and produced like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, nuts, and whole grains.

Want to eat clean but don’t know where to start? Follow these tips and tricks below to get you started on your new, healthy lifestyle. 

Eliminate All Processed Foods From Your Diet

First things first: Get rid of any foods in your house that aren’t clean. This means anything that is packaged, like potato chips, and anything that is made with ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Once you’ve cleared your kitchen of these foods, go grocery shopping for clean and healthy foods that will help you get started and stay on track.

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Hydrate Only With Water

Throwing out any and all sodas, juices, and other sugary drinks is an essential step to take in the clean eating process. Make sure you are only hydrating your body with water. If you find plain water boring and want to add a little bit of flavor into your days, drink some tea (without sugar!) or add some fruit into your water.

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Be Mindful About Your Food Choices

It’s easy to eat something unhealthy if you’re given the choice, so eliminate your ability to choose those things entirely. Practice mindfulness by making a list of foods that you can and can’t have. Take this list with you to the grocery store so it reminds you to make the right choices.

Know When to Buy Organic

Clean eating doesn’t mean that everything has to be organic. However, there are a few items that you should be buying organic, namely fruits and vegetables. Follow this general rule of thumb for smart organic shopping: If you can eat the peel or the outside then you should buy organic in order to avoid any pesticides that may be on the exterior.

Make a Smoothie

One of the best ways to introduce clean eating into your diet is to start off small. Try replacing your breakfast or daily snack with a smoothie instead. Packed with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that are essential for your body means you can’t go wrong.

LEARN MORE: 50 Clean Eating Smoothies

Cook at Home

Cooking at home is best, especially when you’re starting out on a clean eating plan. Adapt to your new lifestyle easily by cooking at home with fresh ingredients: that way you know what’s going in your food. As you advance and make clean eating into a lifestyle you will be able to eat out with the confidence to pick the healthy restaurants and the right foods off the menu.