In an earlier article, we’ve discussed that clean eating is not only for those who want to lose weight or look better.
Rather, it is a complete lifestyle change. Clean eating means following a set of principles in eating intended to become fit and achieve a healthier body.
The said article discussed some basic principles on how to eat clean. This article will discuss six additional principles to help you with your clean eating journey.
Concentrate not only on calories but also on the nutritional value
Don’t focus solely on the number of calories that you are consuming. Many people believe that the only thing you need to do is to make sure the number of calories you are eating will be the same or less than the number of calories you are burning.
This approach will keep your weight from increasing, that’s true. However, it is not sufficient to make you healthy.
As mentioned before, clean eating is about consuming a healthy diet and practicing a healthy lifestyle. It is not about losing weight.
The focus should be on getting the right nutrients rather than the number of calories. Calorie-counting will leave you feeling starved, irritable, and guilty about consuming even the smallest amount of chocolate.
If the approach is focused on nutrition, it will provide you with a stable blood glucose level, a higher amount of energy, and an array of new and delicious foods that you never even thought of before.
If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it
When you have been practicing clean eating for quite some time, eventually you will start to really see the big picture regarding the food industry.
It does not have the consumer’s best interest at heart. Want proof? Just take a pack of biscuits, a child’s lunch pack, or even a juice bottle labeled “natural.”
Check the ingredients. You’ll find that most of them have names that you won’t even be able to pronounce and have probably no idea of.
How would you know what those chemicals and substances can do to your body eventually?
This is why you should remember this: if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.
Choose healthier flour alternatives
Majority of the baked goods that you hold dear to your heart are made using refined white flour. The good news is that you don’t need to give them up in order to eat clean.
You should have to use healthier flour alternatives. Examples include oat flour, brown rice flour, coconut flour, and almond flour.
With a few tweaks to your favorite recipes, you will still be able to make delicious baked goodies. However, it should be noted that these different kinds of flour differ in nutritional content as well.
Thus, you should do your research first in order to choose the kind that is most appropriate for your dietary needs.
Instead of sweet pastries full of sugar such as chocolate bread and banana bread, why don’t you try experimenting with new flavors such as dried fruits and pumpkin?
You can also make savory pastries using chives, garlic, and meat. The choices are endless.
Observe a well-balanced diet
To eat clean is basically to eat a balanced diet and eat it in moderation.
If your approach is to stay away from dietary fats or carbs completely, then you’ll soon be not looking forward to your meals and could even relapse. You don’t have to cut them off completely.
All you need to do is adjust the serving size to meet your specific body and nutrition goals. As much as possible, go for unsaturated fats, unprocessed carbs, and complex carbs.
In the end, it’s really just being aware of what’s on your plate and what it is made of. If you have no idea what the food you’re eating is made of, then there lies the problem.
You should know. After all, you are putting this food inside your body!
Sit down during meal times
Clean eating involves dedicating time to do it properly. This means that whenever possible, you should eat your meals at the dining room, on a table, whether you are alone or surrounded, just take time to enjoy your meal, no need to rush.
If you have been living all by yourself for quite some time now, this may seem like a difficult task, but try inviting over some friends for lunch or dinner.
Consider it an opportunity to catch up and have good conversations over some good food. You will find that this will actually motivate you to be more mindful of what you are serving or cooking.
If sharing a dining table with people is not possible for you, then at least dedicate a fixed time and space for meals.
Water is your best friend
You’ve heard it a thousand times by now. It is very important that you drink eight to ten glasses of clean drinking water every day.
If you have only started your switch to clean eating, you’ll find that this tip is extremely beneficial. If your muscles are well hydrated, they will function and grow at a much higher level.
In addition, they would have higher protection against catabolism (muscle breakdown). If you don’t think you can drink that much water, then add flavors.
Teas and infused waters can be counted as part of your water intake. For example, cut one lemon into several slices. Put all the slices into one liter of water and let them infuse.
This is a great detoxifier and tastes good too. You can also try drinking green tea instead. Another approach is to mix in some sugar-free electrolytes into your water.
If you have decided to begin a lifestyle change and start clean eating, then this guide can help you. You can also read more on the articles linked below.