What Is Clean Eat­ing?

Clean Eating - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

The soul of clean eat­ing is con­sum­ing food the way na­ture de­liv­ered it, or as close to it as pos­si­ble. It is not a diet; it’s a life­style ap­proach to food and its prepa­ra­tion. It's about eat­ing real food, for a healthy, happy life.

Eat five to six times a day – three meals and two to three small snacks.

In­clude a lean pro­tein, plenty of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, and a com­plex car­bo­hy­drate with each meal. This keeps your body en­er­gized and burn­ing calo­ries ef­fi­ciently all day long.

Choose or­ganic when­ever pos­si­ble.

If your bud­get lim­its you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen (ewg.org/ food­news) your or­ganic pri­or­i­ties.

Drink at least 2 liters of wa­ter a day, prefer­ably from a reusable can­teen, not plas­tic; we’re friends of the en­vi­ron­ment here!

Limit your al­co­hol in­take to one glass of an­tiox­i­dant-rich red wine a day.

Get la­bel savvy.

Clean foods con­tain short in­gre­di­ent lists. Any prod­uct with a long in­gre­di­ent list is hu­man-made and not con­sid­ered clean.

Avoid pro­cessed and re­fined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta.

En­joy com­plex carbs such as whole grains in­stead.

Know thy en­e­mies.

Steer clear of trans fats, fried foods or foods high in sugar. Avoid preser­va­tives, color ad­di­tives and toxic binders, sta­bi­liz­ers, emul­si­fiers and fat re­plac­ers.

Con­sume healthy fats (es­sen­tial fatty acids, or EFAs) every day. Learn about por­tion sizes and work to­ward eat­ing within them. Re­duce your car­bon foot­print.

Eat pro­duce that is sea­sonal and lo­cal. It is less tax­ing on your wal­let and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Shop with a con­science.

Con­sume hu­manely raised, lo­cal meats and ocean­friendly seafood. Visit sea­choice.org for a print­able pam­phlet.

Prac­tice mind­ful eat­ing.

Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when sa­vored. En­joy every bite.

Take it to go.

Pack a cooler for work or out­ings so you al­ways have clean eats on the go.

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