How to Eat and Live clean
The soul of clean living is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life- one meal at a time.
1. Eat 5-6 times a day: 3 meals and 2 small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a complex carb with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day.
2. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily: filtered, and in a reusable bottle so we don’t fill up the landfills at the same time.
3. Get label savvy: Clean foods contain one or 2 ingredients only. any product with a long list is human made and not considered clean- it is just that a product.
4. Avoid processed and refined foods: white sugar, white flour, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grain instead.
5. Know they enemies: Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or high in sugar along with those high in Fructose Corn Syrup.
6. Shop with a conscience: consume humanely raised and local meets. The good news is that this benefits you as much or more than the animals!
7. Consume healthy fats everyday: avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, to name a few
8. Learn about portion sizes: and work toward eating within them.
9. Reduce your carbon footprint: eat produce that is seasonal and local. it is less taxing on your wallet and the environment. it also provides more for your body as far a s nutrients.
10. Limit the alcohol: there are some benefits of red wine but they are reversed after more than one glass a day. it should be a rare indulgence. Instead drink water with a lemon wedge, the lemon provides your body some goodness, too.
11. Slow down and savor: enjoy every bite by not rushing through a meal. There is a new movement (can’t believe it has come to this) called “Slow Food”- they hope to get people to slow down and enjoy. This too is good for our bodies, where a drive through and eating on the run are actually bad because it adds more stress!
12. Take it to go: pack a cooler so that you don’t get hungry and tempted to grab a poor choice.
13. Make it a family affair: food is social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s health along with your own.
Here are some resources for you to dig deeper in to learning more about clean living.
Paul & Patricia Bragg: The Apple Cider Vinegar book
The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle
Tosca Reno: The Eat Clean Diet
Michael Pollan: The Omnivore’s Delimma
In Defense of Food
Kevin Trudeau: Natural Cures
More Natural Cures
http://www.julianbakery.com/ a bakery that makes fabulous whole grain, low carb/ sugar, all natural breads
http://www.localharvest.org/ for a list of farmers markets and CSAs (community supported agriculture) where you can purchase locally grown food.
http://www.wpsa-usa.org/ for a list of restaurants and groceries that are committed to ethic meat and dairy sourcing