Clean Eating Principles

I talk a lot about clean eating. This is what I try to do each day. In a nutshell, clean eating is eating whole foods as close to nature as possible and includes lean proteins, plenty of vegetables and fruit, whole grains and healthy fats. But clean eating is more then just eating the “right” things. It’s a lifestyle based on the following principles.

Eat five to six times a day.
* Three meals, two to three snacks. This prevents the afternoon slump. Don’t skip breakfast either!
*Eat a lean protein and a complex carb (from fruit or vegetable) EVERY time.

Drink at least two to three liters (about 8 to 10 cups)

Limit or avoid overly processed and refined foods.
*Clean foods typically have no more than 5ish ingredients and are made from real, whole foods with no chemicals.

Eat healthy (natural) fats.
*We need fat to function- it’s used for absorbing and storing certain nutrients, protecting organs and our cell membranes are made of it.
*Limit saturated fat and avoid trans fat.
*Get healthy fats from fish, nuts, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, and butter (cream should be the only ingredient in butter)

Know portion sizes and stick to them.

Shop local and choose organic whenever possible.
*Garden if you have space, if not make use of your farmers market.
*Choose produce that is in season.

Plan, plan, plan!
*Make a meal plan for the week.
*Pack a cooler for work/school with snacks and lunches.
*Prep snacks so they are available to grab and go.

Fruit

Picture from my mom, Karla Reed

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