How to start eating clean? You have two options when you first get started learning to eat clean. You can either go all in and give up all the junk food, sugar, processed food etc. all at once, or you can do it gradually and slowly opt in to clean diet foods.
There are different advantages and disadvantages to each approach. Pick the one you think will work best for you and give it a try.
If going all in doesn’t work for you and you found yourself back in your old eating habits, you can always switch to a more gradual approach and vice versa.
You don’t need to beat yourself up if you make if making gradual changes is what works for you or slip up here and there, especially in the beginning.
What’s important is that you are doing something to eat things that are better for your health and your body and that’s how to start eating clean.
The first thing is you have to decide what is clean eating? What does it mean for you and your family? Some of the basics include no processed foods, organic produce, chicken and grass-feed beef whenever possible.
Buy the best quality eggs you can. Decide what you want to completely cut from your diet. White flour and sugar are easy. But it’s up to you if you want to include whole wheat flour or cut out wheat completely.
What about other grains? What are you and what aren’t you ok with?
Next, you can do one of two things.
1. You can go through all of the food stocks in your house and toss all processed foods and everything that is no longer on your approved food list. For some of us going all in works best.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling crappy and fighting a headache for a few days. It’s your body adjusting to the cleaner food and detoxing from all the junk you’ve been eating up until this point.
2. If throwing away all these foods is more than you can bear, consider donating what you can to a food pantry. Or eat what you have but not let any more processed and junk food enter your house.
Next, cut out all white flour and sugar. Gradually make more and more changes to your diet until you reach a level of clean eating you’re comfortable with.
Don’t forget about drinks.
When you’re thirsty, stick to water. Sodas and energy drinks are a big no-no. Everything in-between is up for you to decide. Does coffee fit into your clean eating plan?
For me it does and can’t live a day without having at least one, just make sure you give up the sugary creamer and stick to plain, organic coffee. Herbal teas are a great alternative as is lemon water.
No matter which steps to clean eating you decide to get there, you will be amazed at how much better you’ll feel once you switch to eating real food that’s good for your body.
Don’t be surprised to find that you have more energy and a mental clarity you didn’t realize you were missing.
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