Clean eating is a very popular buzz word right now. It seems like everyone is talking about eating clean and leading healthy lifestyles, but you may be thinking what is exactly does clean eating mean? Basically clean eating means to consume food in it’s most natural state or as close to it as possible. It is NOT a diet or a fad, clean eating is a life long commitment. It truly is a lifestyle of making health conscious decisions when eating. Take broccoli for instance, it is super healthy, however, if you smother it in butter and cheese… it is no longer “clean.” If eating it raw just doesn’t sound appetizing, be conscious about how you prepare the food. Baking, steaming, and light sauteing are best. Avoid foods that are processed and refined. Choose whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, grass fed or free range meat and eggs, and healthy fats. Some examples of healthy fats are avocados, nuts, and organic extra virgin coconut oil. Water is an absolute must and should take the place of sugary drinks and sodas.
I have heard a lot of people say that they think clean eating means more expensive. That is FALSE! There are quite a few ways to save green while eating clean. Farmers markets and local CSA’s (community supported agriculture) are both great examples that support local and have good prices and deals. Check the circulars for your local grocery stores because often times they offer coupons on fresh produce. Another way to save is to get a family member or a friend or two to go in with you and split a cow. A local, grass fed cow can be pretty pricey, but when the cost is split it actually comes out to be cheaper than buying meat weekly at the grocery store.
Two helpful articles for more information are:
Top Seven Clean Eating Myths: Are They Stopping You?
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