What Is Clean Eating?
By The Clean Eating Team
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The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.
Eat five to six times a day
Three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.
Choose organic whenever possible
Drink at least two liters of water a day
Preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic; we’re friends of the environment here! Limit your alcohol intake to one glass of antioxidant-rich red wine a day. For tips on tap water testing and purification, see Reconsider Tap Water: The Healthiest Water Options.
Get label savvy
Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.
Avoid processed and refined foods
This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead. Avoid these clean eating foes.
Know thy enemies
Steer clear of anything high in trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar. Avoid preservatives, color additives and toxic binders, stabilizers, emulsifiers and fat replacers. Check out this list of the top ten food additives to avoid.
See also Clean Eating Ingredient Guidelines.
Consume healthy fats
Aim to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, every day. See this list of CE-approved healthy oils.
Learn about portion sizes
Work towards eating within them.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.
Shop with a conscience
Consume humanely raised local meats and ocean-friendly seafood. Visit seachoice.org for a printable pamphlet.
Slow down and savor
Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite!
Take it to go
Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.
Make it a family affair
Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own.
See also 10 Reasons to Eat Clean.