Written by Suzanne Forster
You’ve likely heard the buzz around ‘clean eating’, and have maybe even considered how it may benefit you in your own life. As a busy entrepreneur, any ideas around a daily habit change can be daunting, and may sound like it involves an entire lifestyle shift, one that requires proper planning and proper initiation, but clean eating is absolutely something you can strive towards. Often, the thought of initiating a new process into our daily lives can be something we prorastinate on, and often we can look for reasons to put off change because it does require ‘extra work’. The key to tackling even the best of your avoidance tactics is to realize that you can just break down that change into smaller pieces, and start integrating it slowly into your life. You will not be asked to change everything in order to live better and brighter; you only need to remember a few things as guiding principles to set out on a new journey.
One of the most important aspects of clean eating is what you choose to eat. That doesn’t mean just planning meals according to the Canada Food Guide; it means that whatever you choose to eat, ensuring that it is closest to its natural state will provided the most benefits to you and your body.
Try to avoid foods that have been refined, processed or preserved.
It’s always better to go natural to benefit from inherent nutrients without the chemicals or preservatives that may reduce a food’s natural goodness.
When you are trying to eat clean, it is also a good idea to eat organic.
In this day and age, enhancements and hormone treatments have crept into all kinds of foods. This ends up having an adverse effect on your health even if you are eating what you should in all the right quantities. It is important to start choosing organic; a little vigilance goes a long way.
Always read labels.
They give away everything you need to know about the food you are buying. In general, the more ingredients a product contains, the higher chances there are that the food is processed. Even if you try eating healthy, there is a chance that the products you buy may contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and colors that make the healthy, unhealthy. Read the label to make sure that the yogurt you add to your bowl of berries is not going to ruin your clean eating.
Eating clean equals eating greens.
This is the bare minimum to jumpstart into clean eating. Try your hardest to incorporate leafy greens into whatever you are preparing for healthy servings of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as increased fibre, which boosts your metabolism by assisting digestion. This is an easy place to start. With the myriad smoothie and salad recipes out there today, leafy greens can always find a way into your diet.
Cut out the sugar.
We’ve talked about adding to your clean diet; now let’s talk about omission. One of the simplest things you can omit for maximum effect is artificial sugar. Start identifying all the items on your daily menu that contain artificial sweeteners. Drop that can of soda, say no to that candy, and you are on your way to clean eating. Artificial sugar plays havoc with your natural blood sugar levels; once you start to cut your sugar intake, you should find that your energy stabilizes and your mood lifts.
Clean eating doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating. Start small and implement easy, adding gradual changes into your regular eating habits to get yourself on the right path toward better health.