Tips for Clean Eating
Clean eating is nothing new, but how do you exactly go about cleaning up your diet? Basically, it is about eating more of the best and healthiest options and less of the not so healthy options.
Being healthy means embracing whole foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains, including healthy fats and proteins. It also means avoiding or limiting refined sugars, additives, preservatives, unhealthy fats such as trans fats, processed foods and salt. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Load Up on Fresh Produce
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, but specifically vegetables, most of you are not getting enough. Eating these foods can help significantly to prevent a number of chronic lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease. The fibre in these foods help you to maintain a healthy microbiome (the collection of good bacteria found in your gut), can keep you regular, lower your cholesterol and even improve your mood.
Where possible choose organic to minimise your ingestion of insecticides and pesticides.
Go Whole Grain
Whole grains are those that have had the least processing. They are the grains that still look mostly like their ‘just harvested’ state.
Swapping from refined grains such as white pasta, white rice, white bread, to whole grains, you will be getting more fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants.
Watch Out for Processed Foods
Too much processing of foods found in your supermarket are those foods you need to clear away from. Foods like chips, cookies, cakes, cereals are examples of highly processed foods. Nature didn’t colour the grains neon blue or chips luminous orange.
These types of highly processed foods tend to contain lots of sugar and refined grains, super-long ingredient lists with foods you don't recognize and partially hydrogenated oils.
It is important to always read the ingredient list. Your body digests processed and unprocessed foods differently. In the case of white bread vs. whole wheat bread, the bran and germ has already been stripped away.
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