Simply put, clean eating is eliminating processed foods and sugary drinks and base your food choices on whole foods and pure water.
Here are a few Clean Eating tips for success::
1. Develop a mindset that clean eating is a lifestyle, not a diet.
Some of us can just flip a switch and immediately do a huge kitchen overhaul overnight and others of us will make changes more slowly. Either way you do it, it’s important to start with the mindset of creating a healthy lifestyle.
Imagine if you made just ONE clean eating food swap a week? That is 52 changes in one year. I would call that success!
2. Keep a journal on what you eat.
This will allow you to see the changes you have made and the ones to keep working on.
3. Menu Plan
Planning out what you will eat will ensure success. This will save you money and time too. I like to plan and shop weekly.
4. Food Prep
After I grocery shop, I wash and chop up the veggies and fruit for the week. Huge time saver!
5. Read your labels
Get in the habit of reading food labels before you buy. A good rule is 5 ingredients or less listed. Also, make sure you can pronounce the ingredients. Avoid food with MSG and corn syrup added.
6. Allow yourself to ‘fail’
Got busy one night and ordered pizza? Let it go. If you are a clean eating beginner, all of this can be overwhelming! I know for us, we have ate certain ‘bad’ foods for almost 20 years. It’s going to take awhile to change all of that. And that is ok. Another way to look at it is follow an 80/20 rule. Strive to eat clean for at least 80% of the time and let the other stuff change more slowly.
Accountability is the best way to ensure success plus it’s way more fun! Grab some friends and make one change a week together. You can also join us on our private Healthy Mama facebook group and have several hundred buddies.
You can do this! I am learning right along with you and I hope you will join me on the journey.
If you have tips to add to this list, please share in the comments below!