What Is Clean Eating?
Updated on Jul 30, 2018
What is clean eating?
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The soul of eating clean is consuming food the way nature delivered it, 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 when hungry, stop when full
Find out what macro values reflect your health goals and strive to eat within them. Experiment with various ways of eating, and when you find a diet your body responds well to – be it a clean take on high fat/low carb, Paleo or flexitarian – stick with it.
Choose organic clean foods whenever possible
If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities. To learn about what makes clean food organic, see What is Organic Farming, Really?
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 as a part of eating clean, 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 part of a clean diet.