What is Clean Eating?
“Clean Eating” means different things depending whom you ask, but it generally centers around the concept of eating whole foods without chemical additives. In case you’re left wanting more direction, I’ve compiled a simple list of realistic (come on, we can’t all afford to buy a ten pound bag of coconut flour) guidelines for clean eating to help you stay on the right track.
11 Realistic Guidelines for Clean Eating:
11. Eat very little commercially processed food. 10. No MSG. 9. Avoid enriched white flour and granulated sugar when able, otherwise consume in moderation. Substitute whole wheat flour or use Unbromated Unbleached Unenriched White Flour when flour is necessary. 8. Substitute honey or maple syrup for sugar, but only when it’s reasonable. Sometimes there is no reasonable substitute for sugar. 7. Avoid cured or smoked pink meats, as well as meats with added sodium nitrite or nitrate. 6. Avoid acidic canned foods like tomatoes to avoid exposure to BPA, an endocrine disruptor. 5. No artificial ingredients, colors, or flavors. 4. Don’t sacrifice flavor. There are plenty of good-tasting recipes out there that you shouldn’t feel like you’re eating cardboard every day. Clean eating can taste good! 3. Make as much of your own food from scratch as possible. 2. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. 1. Eat more vegetables!