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What Does it Mean to Eat ‘Clean?’

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For those who want to lose weight, improve their health, or have more energy, eating ‘clean’ may be the solution. Clean eating isn’t a diet; rather, it’s a healthy lifestyle approach that changes the way you think about food and fueling your body.

The Principles of Clean Eating
Essentially, eating clean means choosing whole and real foods that will put your body on the path to health and wellness. Generally, the principles of clean eating are regarded as:

  • Choosing whole and natural foods over processed foods;
  • Eating meals that are micronutrient-balanced;
  • Avoiding food additives;
  • Choosing meat from high-quality sources;
  • Eating food from organic and natural sources; and
  • Choosing unrefined foods over refined foods.

Because eating clean is a lifestyle choice, the idea behind it often goes hand-in-hand with other healthy lifestyle tips, such as exercising frequently and getting plenty of sleep.

What are the benefits of eating clean?
Eating clean has many benefits. First, eating clean means that your body isn’t taking in any of the harmful toxins and chemicals that are found in many processed meats and packaged items. If buying organic or local, eating clean also means that you’re making an ethical food purchase. Because eating clean also cuts out many refined foods and sugars, eating clean also can help lead to weight loss, reduces your chance of disease, improves sleep, contributes to more sound mental health, and in general leads to a more healthy lifestyle.

How to Start Eating Clean Today
Remember, eating clean isn’t a diet – it’s a new approach to how you think about food and how food affects the body. To start eating clean today, clean out your cupboards of all processed foods. Then, take a trip to the store and focus on plenty of raw fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, and pasture-raised dairy and animal products. For snacks, avoid chips and sodas; instead, choose gluten-free, raw, and non-GMO indulgences that are made without additives and use natural sweeteners.

The first step towards a healthier lifestyle is changing the way you eat. By choosing a clean diet, you can improve your health significantly while still enjoying amazing foods and flavor.

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Liza Thomas is an entrepreneur, health-guru and a mother of three.  She has worked in the food and dental industry for many years.  She is a freelance writer and contributes to this site and others with her industry knowledge and experience.

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