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If you’ve frequented fit blogs, websites and magazines, you’re bound to come across the phrase clean eating. But with all the diets or “lifestyles” out there, you may still be unclear about what clean eating is. Here’s what you need to know:
♥What It Is♥
Eating clean is simply choosing food in its most natural form. For example, if faced with an apple, dried apple slices, and an apple pie, a clean eater would choose the apple. It doesn’t get more nature or pure than that. It can be eaten straight off the vine, has no added sugar, preservatives, and hasn’t lost it’s natural enzymes or vitamins. Raw or steamed vegetables, fresh fruit, whole, unrefined grains, and lean protein make up a clean diet. Foods are prepared with little ingredients; think no added fat, sugar, and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Meals are notoriously smaller and eating between 5 to 6 times a day.
♥Why Eat Clean♥
The benefit of eating clean is that it’s natural. The body doesn’t have to perform extra work trying to breakdown chemical compounds (preservatives). It also is consuming foods packed with the purest and highest quality of energy. Natural foods brimming with vitamins, minerals, natural sugar and healthy fat is exactly what the body craves and needs to perform at an optimal level. You’ll also be avoiding added antibiotics, pesticides and other icky stuff that harms the body.
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I’ve been playing with eating clean for months. After I did a cleanse my eating habits were pretty good, but now I want to eat food in their most pure form. I want to nix out added sugars and fats. Last week I signed up for a clean eating challenge on Tribesport.com, but I failed miserably. Starting off a new eating plan is generally a bad idea when you’re traveling.
Today is Sunday, the beginning of a new week, and so I start fresh, choosing foods that are whole and free of perversion. I’m looking forward to feeling my body fill with energy and perform at its best. I’ll be letting you all know how it goes.
And what does a day of clean eating look like? Something like this:
Pureed blueberries and banana, a slice of sprouted toast (like Ezekiel Bread) with 1 TBS of natural peanut butter.
A clean breakfast could look like this too-just make sure grains are unprocessed. Photo Credit: I Will Be Beautiful Tumblr
1 Small apple and 12 raw almonds
Salad made of dark greens( spinach or arugula), 5 cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, shredded carrots, black beans, avocado, and a dressing made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and agave. Kale chips on the side.
1/2 cup of whole grain (Brown Rice, Millet, Quinoa or Bulgar), Tofu chunks made with diced tomatoes and onions, and steamed squash.
Now tell me, do you eat clean? What does your daily menu look like? I’m dying to know, so tell me in the comments.