4 Rules to Eating Clean

Get back to the basics and feel revitalized with nutrition expert and author Tosca Reno's rules for eating clean.

4 Rules to Eating Clean

Processed and contaminated foods could be clogging your arteries and saturating you with harmful hormones and chemicals. Ditch these "frankenfoods" for whole, clean foods that nourish your body the way nature intended. Nutrition expert Tosca Reno, author of the Eat Clean Diet, has developed these four rules to help you eat clean and revitalize your health.

Rule 1: No Processed Food


Our bodies are designed to eat foods in their whole, natural state. Eating tons of foods that have been refined and heavily processed, often with added preservatives, coloring and other chemicals, can damage your health, zap your energy and pack on pounds. Get rid of packaged, processed foods and opt instead for whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, unprocessed meats and dairy.

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