What You Need to Know About Eating Clean (And How to Get Started)

The first, most definitive step in living a healthier lifestyle, starts with the kitchen. It’s not just going to the gym every day that will get you to the body or fitness that you want – it’s also about “eating clean”.

But because this buzz word has been thrown around almost everywhere, it’s easy to get confused as to what it actually means. To clear up this confusion, here’s what “clean eating” not about as well as what it’s really about:

What Eating Clean is Not About
Here’s what you need to know about what clean eating is not:

• It’s not about going vegetarian or quitting meat, dairy, or animal products entirely – though it could be a start

• It’s not about completely avoiding all packaged or processed foods (some packaged or processed foods do contain essential nutrients via fortification)

• It’s not about eating everything raw or uncooked (cooked dishes can be healthier, safer, and more delicious than the sum of their parts)

What Eating Clean is Really About
Meanwhile, here’s what you need to know on what clean eating really is about:

• Eating clean is about making the important decision to actually start introducing more fiber, vitamins, and minerals in your diet

• Eating clean is about minimizing the risk of problems that come with highly-processed foods, such as weight gain, heart disease, and even cancer

• Eating clean is about the change in lifestyle, and getting all the benefits that come with healthy living

There’s a reason why highly processed foods can be bad for you when eaten in excess. While they’re delicious, cheap, and are sources of easily accessible energy, the methods of processing these foods can often strip them of a lot of the nutrients that make them healthy.

Highly processed foods have a lot of chemicals and additives that stimulate your brain to produce more dopamine, which makes it easy to start craving for these foods when you eat them regularly.

The good news is that it’s never too late to start. Here are a few first steps you can take easily:
• Start shifting your diet towards more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that you can easily prepare or cook yourself

• Say no to sodas and choose water instead – and drink lots of water

• Instead of large meals, smaller servings along with lots of water and exercise can help you a lot in feeling full while losing weight

• Start with small, concrete goals that you can easily measure and manage

• Set a simple three-day meal plan

Keep in mind that while the first few days can be difficult, the key to starting a change in your lifestyle is by being consistent and constantly reminding yourself why you chose to make the change in the first place.

It may be long and arduous, but when you finally see the end results, it’ll be definitely worth it.

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