My 7 Rules of Clean Eating
You may have seen that I’m promoting a 14-day Clean Eating Winter Reboot. So what do I mean by “clean eating” exactly? Is it clean like no pesticides? Or clean like unprocessed? Clean like non-toxic? Well yes, it is those things and a lot more! I’ve organized this clean approach to eating and living into seven rules that I do my best to live by and will explain below.
But first, why bother? What’s the harm in eating whatever we want, whenever we want? I have had some people say to me “Hey, I grew up on Twinkies and Lucky Charms and I turned out okay.” I would contend that if you looked inside, that person is probably not okay on a cellular level if that’s all they eat. But it’s hard to know without a variety of blood tests to see what is happening on a cellular level. What I like to do with my clients is find out how they are by asking them how they feel. I ask questions like:
- Do you have digestive trouble?
- Do you have brain fog or is your memory sharp?
- Do you have high energy all day or does it go up and down like a rollercoaster?
- Do you have stubborn extra weight that won’t budge no matter what you try?
- Do you have skin issues?
- Do you have achey or stiff joints?
You may be surprised to know that all of these conditions can be attributed, at least in part, to the Standard American Diet. A diet that is high in processed grains and sugar while low in vegetables creates inflammation in our body over time and that creates symptoms that slowly get worse and worse. Sometimes the symptoms are subtle or we’ve gotten used to them thinking that’s just the way our body is and it’s not until we change the way we’re eating that we even realize how good we can feel!
If you have any of the above symptoms, I highly recommend trying Clean Eating (and starting with a group Reboot is a great way to jump in). Here are my seven rules to make Clean Eating a lifestyle:
- Eat real, whole foods, preferably organic and preferably 5–6 small meals a day with lots of vegetables. For a strict approach, eliminate dairy and gluten.
- When purchasing packaged foods, choose products with minimal ingredients lists.
- Avoid white foods like white flour, white rice, sugar, and starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn.
- Avoid toxic foods like trans fats, fried foods, color additives, preservatives, stabilizers and emulsifiers.
- Eat good healthy fats like nuts, avocado, coconut and olive oils.
- Eat minimal meat and when you do, choose humanely raised, antibiotic-free, local meats and ocean-friendly seafood.
- Eat slowly and enjoy a beautiful meal, preferably with loved ones.
These are my 7 Rules to a Clean Eating Lifestyle. Give them a go! I guarantee you will feel improvement in your symptoms, and likely will see your health drastically improve. If you need support and daily recipes, you might consider joining my Membership Club over on Facebook where I post helpful information and daily recipes for a Clean Eating lifestyle!