What Is Clean Eating?
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.