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 when hun­gry, stop when full. Find out what macro val­ues re­flect your health goals and strive to eat within them. Ex­per­i­ment with var­i­ous ways of eat­ing, and when you find a diet your body re­sponds well to — be it a clean take on high fat/low carb, Pa­leo or flex­i­tar­ian — stick with it.

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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