Eating clean may seem like an easy notion but starting the lifestyle itself can prove a challenge for most. Whole foods like fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, plant-based proteins, and whole grains become the staple of your diet. Meanwhile, you reduce your intake of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, refined grains, additives, and preservatives.
Is quite a challenge.
Upon transitioning into clean eating, it is highly likely you will encounter a few potholes in the road. The good news is that clean eating doesn’t have to be difficult. After all, this way of life is all about eating the healthiest of food groups. With proper guidance and a clean eating plan, you can successfully navigate the potholes to reach the other side.
Here are five tips on how to start eating clean.
Start with one Meal
Avoid making drastic changes to your diet right away. It may require a year for you to make the transition. Make gradual changes to your eating habits by starting with just one meal.
According to Prevention Magazine, breakfast is a very good choice for starting your move to cleaner eating. Begin by removing processed meat like sausages and replacing it with two eggs or those sweet cereals for whole-wheat toast and unsweetened peanut butter.
Plan Your Meals and Cook Your Own Food
Planning your meals is the best first way you can go to. It becomes the basis for your shopping list and what you will eat for the week.
It will help you to stay on track. Use the plan to introduce new foods into your meals slowly and as a method to gradually remove the bad foods.
Try to avoid cutting everything out at once. Your body will not be able to adjust. Instead, plan each week out carefully. Keep a few of your favorites but make small changes.
If planning to eat out with your friends, do all you can in advance to prepare for it so you can stay on track.
Keep Your Produce On Hand.
One of the most important components of clean eating is fruits and veggies. Make sure you stock up on your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables will provide you with much-needed fiber which plays a critical role in reducing inflammation in the body, lowering cholesterol, and managing heart disease.
Eat Five to Six Meals a Day
Eating clean will require you to eat frequent meals. This effort will help to ensure you are taking in the proper amount of nutrients and keep your hunger satisfied. Also, it will ensure that you avoid, unhealthy snacking.
Permit yourself to eat a little junk food, not much, from time to time without feeling guilty. A taste of the bad stuff from time to time will not sabotage your clean eating lifestyle. If you deny yourself a few guilty pleasures all the time, it can set you up for failure down the road or you can learn to cook healthy low-calorie desserts.
These are just some tips to help you start eating clean today. Every step you take towards clean eating will bring you closer to a healthier lifestyle. Make your experience a positive one. Your body will thank you.