Proven Beginner’s Guide On Clean Eating

You’ve probably heard the term “clean eating,” and if you haven’t, you will love this beginner’s guide to clean eating. There are some set of people who have an issue with the term, “Clean Eating,” they feel it suggests some food are “dirty.”

Personally, I do not see anything wrong with the “Clean Eating” perspective, simply because I see it as a term that translates to eating healthy and by following a few basic principles, we can achieve the goal of eating right for our optimal health

Now, I’ll admit extremists are tightening the rules to the point that it becomes almost impossible to eat “properly.” So, the basic principles are excellent but do not fall into orthorexia, when eating healthy becomes a compulsive obsession rather than a natural lifestyle.

beginner's guide to clean eating

To “eat clean,” you have to consume more of the best foods in each food group. It is not a diet or a Fad but rather the adoption of new eating habits.

The goal is that by following these basic rules, one can maintain a healthy weight (with an exercise of course).

What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is when one eats foods that are functional and harmless. We have grown to be so busy, and it can be a challenge to be deliberate about what we feed our body.

Some foods we eat could raise our body blood sugars or be a cause of diseases such as hypertension, blood pressure, and several others.

In this beginners guide to clean eating, you will see why Eating Clean can be the answer to living longer and being free from ailments that translate to poor health.

11 Proven Beginner’s Guide On Clean Eating

Step 1: Clean out the Kitchen

If you ever embark on anything new, you will want to start on a clean slate. You cannot start your path to have clean eating without having a second look at what you have in your kitchen.

So it could be in the way you are currently cooking, like what meals are available for you to cook from your refrigerator or pantry, Some foods might not have the right food values or could have over-stayed in the house and are going bad or have gone bad unknowingly to you. You will need to take these foods out of the kitchen.

It could also mean that you have to change your cookware. Did you know that if your cookware is flaking off, you could be having several intoxicating metals getting into your body? You might need to change your cookware as well and have new sets of non-toxic cookware going forward.

So, check your kitchen to see things you need to take out so you are set for a fresh clean kitchen.

Step 2: Go organic with the foods

Now that you have taken out the old food that was in the kitchen, you will need to think about organic foods. Junk foods are tempting and could be very tasty and delicious, a reason why most of us and the kids prefer to have it, but its time to considered making natural foods for yourself.

Natural foods give your body the chance to enjoy the right ingredients and support the absorption of needed food values and not those that might cause harm to your body.

Organic foods always come with food values that increase your immunity, help in your body growth and support your daily need of performance.

Step 3: Include Greens in your diet

Greens are leaves and foliage of edible plants (Leaf Vegetables), and they are a vital part of most salad. You can create delicious and nutritious dishes with Greens such as Spinach, Cress, Lettuce, Kale, Mustard, Turnip, Collard to mention a few.

The body could have swellings or inflammation around it. Swelling around the body is not new, and if this happens on the body, then you should anticipate the same for the internal parts of your body as well. These swellings are caused by free radicals or swelling causing agents around the body.

Free radicals could also be associated with system-related illnesses like heart diseases or respiratory ailments like bronchitis. Asides being rich in several minerals, Greens/vegetables contain several antigens that the body can use to develop its immunity against free radicals in the body.

Include vegetables as a part of your menu for the clean eating.

Step 4: Reduce the Sugars

Research found out those who take too much sugar weigh more than those who take lesser. There is no secret about what too much weight could mean to the body.

Sugars in the body have been linked with acne, heart diseases, cancer and other diseases on top of being a major cause of diabetes. Reducing sugar keeps the body clean from high blood sugars that possibly leads to so many illnesses that weaken us.

Be Mindful of sugars intake through energy drinks, sodas, and other sweetened drinks to get to a clean eating culture. Rather than white sugar, switch to a more natural taste- Honey!

Step 5: Check food labels for ingredients

Start paying enough attention to the ingredients in the foods you are eating. Often we ignore what exactly is in what we are eating, feeding is beyond getting the stomach filled, give your body what it needs and not what you feel like the mouth wants and knowing how to read food nutrition labels  can help.

Try this exercise, try to write down what you’ve had in the past one week or three days. You will discover the ingredients in what you had, and that might be an eye-opener to some underlying issue you have.

Your body might be allergic to some ingredients you keep consuming every day, and that could be the reason you feel weird after certain meals.

Not only will checking the ingredients on your food labels help with the allergies but they will also help you feel more in control of what you eat.

Step 6: Drink more water

Your body needs water for several purposes, Water is a natural medicine for the body in that it contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium that are good for the bones, Potassium that is good for regulating blood pressure and other minerals.

Water aids in the absorption of nutrients in the digestive system and the cleaning of toxins from the body. Your liver or kidney could be damaged if the number of toxins is concentrated during excretion and so water is vital to dilute these toxins.

Getting into a routine of drinking up your recommended daily water intake is a good way to go.

Step 7: Understand the commitment

Developing new habits can be a struggle, but then again, if you consistently keep at a new habit over 21 days (according to research), it becomes a normal way of life for you.

You will meet challenges, and your friends or loved ones might choose to do something different which could be tempting, but you have to stay committed.

So you’ll get them over to your side, you will enjoy the benefits of eating clean and sticking to it, and guess what, u won’t want to keep it to yourself. It’s that good!  I promise!

Step 8: Balance your list of food

There are fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and whole lots or foods you can choose from. It’s important to know that you need foods of all types to include in your basket for you to achieve the clean eating you so much want to succeed in.

If you decided to choose vegetables only, you could miss several food values, Your body needs a balance of every food for it to be healthy and remain afloat doing the duties you need it to perform without interruptions.

Step 9: Do less of the packed snacks

Packed snacks could be so crunchy and easy to come by when you want to have them. Almost every supermarket or departmental stores today sell several lines of packed snacks, and when we are hungry, we are always hitting the road into the supermarkets to grab some packed snacks.

Have you ever thought about doing less of the packed snacks and encourage more natural snacks like organic fruits in pawpaw’s, pineapple, mangoes and many others?

Natural snacks encourage your appetite while packed snacks could discourage your appetite and in that, you could either become addicted to the taste they give you and/or enable skipping of meals to use them as an option for a natural meal you could have had.

Make having natural snacks a practice, and you are on your way to clean eating.

Step 10: Keep an Eye for fats

Whether you are cooking or eating foods rich in fats, you need to pay keen attention to the fats you are getting into your body. Some cooking oils are not healthy for your body, and you need to consider options for natural fats.

The meat you are eating could be rich in too many fats, and you need to curb how much you will need for the body. It is recommended for one to have white meat i.e chicken and turkey as opposed to having red meat in mutton and beef for example.

Red meat has more fats as compared to the white meat. For cooking oil one might need to think olive or coconut oils for cooking. Much of fats into the body mean much weight and associated illnesses. Clean eating helps with weight management.

Step 11: Planning is important

As you go to the markets or go to the groceries stores for convenient shopping, add the foods you will need to eat for the period you plan before the next shopping.

Trust me it is never a pleasant feeling when you are in the house hungry, and you need to eat something but you can’t since you ran short of food to cook in the refrigerator or that is available in the pantry.

You need to plan and do the right shopping in that the fresh foods are not getting spoilt and you are giving yourself ample time to cook the food you need to be eating Healthy.

I do hope you’ve picked a lot from this Beginner’s guide to Clean eating. Starting is a good step but maintaining it is the Goal. Try each of the step mentioned in this beginner’s guide to Clean eating and see yourself thrive.

Here’s what you can do next and I recommend you take this opportunity while the offer is still up. Enroll in my amazing FREE course – The Ultimate Crash Course On Clean Eating. You will enjoy every bit of it plus the bonuses as well. See ya on the flip side!

 

Funmi

Funmi is an Integrative Health Coach & A Functional Nutrition Educator. She is passionate about helping busy women discover ways to restore their Energy, Health & Well-being (their families' inclusive)

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