Clean Eating – a Beginners Guide
Clean eating is consciously choosing foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Real foods that have been minimally processed or refined that will nourish your body from the inside.
When you eat clean, the emphasis is on eating lots of fruit and vegetables, nuts, whole grains, good fats and sustainable animal products. Limiting added sugars and processed food is really important too. Try to steer away from ingredients you can’t pronounce or foods with really long ingredient lists.
Although making healthy choices is a priority, a good goal is to adhere to this lifestyle about 80% of the time. It’s not every day the kids go to a party and want to eat all the cake and devour the lollies/candy and that’s ok! You might want to go out to dinner at a delectable restaurant and indulge in all the courses and that’s ok too! Cocktails with the girls…yes please! Don’t beat yourself up for choosing these things some of the time. If you can make clean eating the norm and have your kitchen set up with good food choices, you will be on your way to a healthier way of life.
Where to start?
If you’re on the road to eating clean, you might feel overwhelmed by all the information out there! It’s best to keep things simple and not feel as though you have to do it all in one go. Have a look through your pantry and fridge, check the labels and identify things that aren’t clean (and I don’t mean the racks in the fridge…that’s for another day!). Plan to replace those things with clean items from this handy list Clean-Eating Kitchen Essentials. It can be a wasteful and costly exercise to throw it all out at once. Start with a couple of things each week and in no time, you will have a healthy-looking kitchen filled with clean food that will nourish you.
Say goodbye to the white stuff
White bread, flour, and rice are made from refined grains that have had much of their nutritional value removed. Wholemeal/whole-wheat varieties are a better choice as they have more nutrients, minerals and fibre. They also have a lower glycaemic index so you will feel satisfied for longer.
Stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs
Everyone has their faves, so it comes down to preference here. Incorporate lots of different colours into each meal. Try to buy organic when you can (especially those on the dirty dozen list) and go for local and seasonal produce. Better yet, channel your green thumb and grow some herbs in pots or start a veggie patch!
You might crave some of the other stuff in the beginning, but soon enough you’ll notice you won’t want it anymore. Your body will thank you for giving it real goodness and let you know it doesn’t need the rest!
Keep an eye out for weekly recipes on the website and Meal Prep posts coming soon.