You may have heard people talk about ‘eating clean‘ and wondered what all the fuss was about. Well, at its core it’s about eating whole foods, or foods that are as close to their original form as possible. That probably means cutting out many of the heavily processed foods you live on each week. But is it really possible? Well, keep reading as we share our top ten tips on how you and your family can eat clean every week.
- In a nutshell you should be eating more of the healthy foods and less of the not so healthy ones. So that starts with filling up your shopping trolley with lots for fresh fruits and vegetables, unrefined grains, as well as healthy fats and proteins. It is a hard change to make but one that can be life changing.
- Accept that initially you will not be successful at accomplishing this at every meal. That is okay, so don’t beat yourself up over it. See it as a gradual transition and pat yourself on the back with each success.
- When you would normally pick up a packet of processed food, ask yourself what fresher and healthier alternative is available? If you were buying muesli bars, why not check the internet for healthy fruit muffins like in the photo above. If buying orange juice, try juicing your own.
- Many people remove or reduce the amount of dairy in their diet. This is a personal choice and one to only be considered after talking to your health professional. It is important that you continue to receive your proper vitamins and minerals in your diet.
- Get out of the habit of calling it a diet and see it as a lifestyle change, because it is something you will want to continue for the rest of your days.
- Cook as much or your own food as possible instead of buying fast food or takeaway. This way you know what is going into the food and you retain full control over any salt, fat and other chemicals being added.
- You will want to be eating a lot more veggies than you are probably accustomed to, so explore the shops or start growing your own to add variety to your diet.
- Cutting out saturated fat is a big one, especially as it is found in so many forms of meat, butter, and cheese. Start reading labels and get to know the healthier options when shopping.
- Start making your own soup. You will benefit by having ones that are full of taste, but without lots of salt and added chemicals to colour the food or add taste.
- Look at what you drink on a regular basis and cut out the soda and artificial drinks. Stick to water, healthy tea options, or ones that you make yourself.
You can do it, and you will love the outcome once you understand the changes that need to be made. Why don’t you make the commitment and let us know how you go.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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DISCLAIMER: This article is written for informational purposes only and is based on Christine and Trevor’s own life experiences. No food featured on this site should ever be consumed or handled if known or suspected allergies exist. Nothing featured here should be taken as medical, professional or legal advice. It is always recommended that you consult the appropriate professional before changing any routine or adopting any new procedure.