Social media lately is full of articles about Clean Eating. But deciding to adopt a clean eating lifestyle and actually doing it can be daunting. Where do you start? What do you eat? The Good News? TLC makes it simple for you.
First understand the concept. Clean eating essentially means consuming whole foods that are minimally processed and as close to their natural form as possible. Eating clean means relying less on processed, store-bought items and preparing more meals at home, which could save you money.
The first step to eating clean is following a diet that cuts out processed food, refined carbs and sugar. The simplest way to do this and avoid guessing games is to do the TLC-Program. This gives you a structured clean-eating plan to follow that also results in rapid fat loss.
So Step One towards Eating Clean: Start your TLC Program.
While following your TLC Program follow these clean eating tips:
Be The Chef
It is easy to get into a habit of grabbing fast food and other quick, unhealthy foods to get through busy days. This leads to unhealthy choices. Preparing fresh, healthy food for yourself should be a priority whenever possible. Even if it is bulk cooking once a week. When eating clean, knowing what’s in your food is important and cooking for yourself is the easiest way to control what goes in and what stays out of your body.
Shop the Perimeter
Shopping the outside circle of the grocery store is one of the most popular pieces of nutrition advice. This is because the perimeter of the grocery store usually contains fresh produce and healthy protein sources like eggs, yogurt and poultry. The interior aisles of the grocery store tend to be where most of the unhealthy items like chips, sweets. Processed foods and soda are located. Making it a priority to fill your cart with foods from the perimeter, including vegetables, fruits and proteins, before moving on to the interior of the store can help you stay on track and avoid tempting treats.
Support Your Local Farmers
Clean eating revolves around knowing your food and where it comes from. Purchasing food directly from small farms (weekend farmers markets are a great way to do this) means that you can be informed about the methods used to grow produce and raise animals for meat, poultry, eggs and dairy. Supporting local farms means building a connection with your food while supporting your local economy.
Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and arugula are easy and nutritious ingredients that can be added to almost any meal. Adding a mixed green salad to your meal, or incorporating sautéed spinach into an omelet are easy ways to eat more healthy produce.
Meal Prep for Success
Prepping bulk meals for the week ahead ensures that you will have fresh, healthy options every day. It also keeps you from making poor food choices out of desperation. If you know you have a delicious meal already prepared and waiting for you in your refrigerator you are less likely to stop at a fast food restaurant for a quick bite.
TIP: A dry erase board for your kitchen is a great idea, you can jot down recipe ideas, grocery lists and plan meals for the week ahead.
Stock The Fridge and Pantry
If you want a healthier clean diet and lifestyle, it’s essential to be prepared.
Set time aside for weekly grocery shopping which will ensure your kitchen is stocked with the ingredients necessary to keep you on track with your clean eating lifestyle. Keeping a supply of healthy frozen and bulk ingredients on hand ensures you can ALWAYS prepare that clean meal.
Lists are the Answer
Always shop with a Shopping List and do not deviate from it. Impulse buying leads to unnecessary processed foods and treats.
Purchase Local and Organic Products
Buying organic, local foods can boost the nutritional value of your diet and decrease your intake of contaminants like herbicides and pesticides. Local, organic food isn’t only good for your health, it also benefits the planet by promoting biodiversity and reducing environmental contaminants.
Eating clean can be simple and easy with the TLC-Program, and pretty quickly it becomes a Lifestyle that benefits your body and wellbeing.