Getting Your Diet “Clean”
You may have heard of “clean eating,” but what is it? It’s not something that requires scrub pads or spray bottles. Clean eating is about eating simple, wholesome foods and reflects more of a lifestyle and mindset than a strict diet to follow.
Considering that 35% of the typical American diet is made up of solid fats and added sugars, there seems to be plenty of room to “clean” it up, starting by incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, nuts, eggs, and whole grains to our plates rather than processed, refined, and concocted foods that tend to be “heat and eat.”
Clean eating can have the connotation to eat more organic foods, but it doesn’t have to. At its most basic level, it’s just about eating more foods that are good for you and less that are bad. Seems simple, right? It should be.
A couple notable resource on the topic include Clean Eating magazine or the Clean Food cookbooks by Terry Walters. Reading through these will give you a better idea of how to eat clean.
To get you started, however, consider what you should be looking for on Nutrition labels. Especially on breads and pastas, the better choices for eating clean are ones that state they are made with 100% whole grains, not enriched or refined ones. Have you ever struggled with hitting your target for daily fiber? Just by eating more foods with 100% whole grains can get you up to the 25-38 grams of fiber recommended for most diets.
But don’t think you have to go for all or nothing here. Even devoting four or five days a week to eating clean, or three out of four daily meals (if you’re eating smaller and more frequently), will have many positive impacts on your clean eating diet.
If you want to try something unique (and fun), Clean Eating magazine posts two-week shopping lists and meal plans for those who want to devote themselves to trying to eat clean. They can be found here and here and are divided by seasons.
Let us know if you try these and what benefits you found. You can post on the MyNetDiary Facebook page or in our Community Forum!