It may seem as though the world of clean eating is full of
impossible rules and regulations, but the good news is that it’s
probably a lot simpler than you realize. As long as you abide by some
basic rules, you’ll be doing yourself a massive favor.
First- Eat Real Food
The number one principle of clean eating is simply to eat “real”
food. What does this mean? It means foods that have been
made from whole ingredients that can be found in nature. If
you want to take it a step further, then you might also want to
try including some organic foods, and choosing seasonal and
Second- Avoid Processed Foods
Following on from rule number 1, try to avoid any processed
foods. This doesn’t just mean microwave meals. It can also
include foods that you probably thought were “healthy”. It
means food that has been altered from its natural state,
including pastries, cereals, bread and more.
However, remember that not all processed foods are bad for
you! Tinned tomatoes and beans etc. are fine as long as they
don’t have added ingredients. The key thing to do is look at
ingredient labels and avoid foods with added sugar, salt, fats,
and chemical sounding ingredients that you can’t pronounce.
It’s also a good idea to try and avoid processed meats.
Third- Cook from Scratch
Cooking your own meals is the best way to ensure that you
eat real, unprocessed foods. It might sound daunting having to
cook everything from scratch, but if you plan, cook in bulk and
freeze meals in portion sizes then it isn’t too hard at all!
Fourth- Watch Your Salt, Sugar and Unhealthy Fat Intake
When it comes to processed foods, salt, sugar and unhealthy
fats are often the main issues. We don’t often realize just how
many of these unhealthy ingredients we consume. Sugar is a
huge problem in our modern diets, and many of us are
addicted without even knowing it. The problem is that it’s
often added to foods that we wouldn’t expect to contain it, so
we don’t notice. As long as you eat real, home-cooked food
then you’ll be able to avoid these unhealthy ingredients.
Fifth- Limit Caffeine, Alcohol and Sugary Drinks
Small amounts of caffeine can be beneficial, however there are
negative side effects when you drink too much, not to mention
the fact that most people consume caffeine with sugar! The
same goes for alcohol – which also has the added drawback of
making you more likely to binge on unhealthy foods!
In fact, be careful about anything you drink. Drinks often give
us “empty calories”, due to the fact that they contain sugar
but no nutrition or fiber to fill us up.
Sixth-Drink Plenty of Water
Following on from the point above, try to drink more water.
Most of us don’t drink enough, even though we do get some of
our water from the fruits and vegetables we eat. You should
aim to be drinking 8 glasses of water a day. If you don’t like it
on its own, try infusing it with fruits or mint.
Seventh- Don’t Get Caught In Perfection
Remember that these clean eating rules do not need to be
followed at all times! Clean eating is a lifestyle, and you will
break the rules every once in a while, don't make it worse
by beating yourself up for it.