If you’re trying to lose weight or get in shape, it’s often a good idea to give your diet a reset. Cleaning up your act and totally overhauling your standard eating habits will help you to approach your meals with a new mindset—a healthier mindset. But getting into the practice of clean eating can be hard if you don’t know how to do it right. Here’s everything you need to do to get starting with eating clean and healthy today:
Plan Your Meals
If you just walk into your kitchen to cook with no real idea of what you’re going to make, you’ll often end up making (and eating) the wrong thing. You cook whatever’s convenient or easily available, which rarely ends up being the healthy choice. The best way to ensure you’re eating the right thing is to make sure you’ve got a plan. Know what you’re cooking ahead of time, so you can make sure you’ve got all the needed ingredients on hand. Being more organized is a crucial first step toward eating cleaner and healthier!
Clean Out Your Home
Anything in your pantry, fridge, and cabinets that isn’t healthy or “clean”, get rid of it! Clean eating can be difficult if you’ve got a house filled with unhealthy treats that are guaranteed to tempt you. Make sure your housie is only filled with healthy, clean foods!
Whenever it comes time to make a meal, always look for food options that involve more color. Avoid white or low-color foods, but make it a point to add as much variety and vibrancy of color to your diet as possible. It’s those color-rich foods that contain most of the antioxidants and nutrients that will help you be healthier.
Cook It Yourself
One of the best ways to make sure you’re eating clean is to only eat what you’ve cooked. There’s often a lot of chemicals, filler ingredients, and unwanted nutrients in even simple foods like pasta sauces, condiments, crackers, bread, and granola. Your best choice is to always buy the raw ingredients, then cook everything for yourself. That way, you have 100% control over what goes into your food, and you know exactly what you’re eating.
Load Up On Protein
Protein is probably the most satisfying of all the food groups, for your body, your satiety, and your taste buds. It’s the food that has the most variety of flavors, and the richest, most satisfying flavor profiles. You’ll find it’s also vital to muscle-building and will help to increase your metabolism. Definitely make it a point to add more protein to your diet!
Eat More Vegetarian
Try to eat more like a vegetarian by adding more vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds into your diet. These foods contain massive amounts of critical nutrients, and they’ll be amazing to help eliminate toxins and junk chemicals from your body. Load up on these healthy, natural foods as much as possible—make them the core of your diet.
Try New Things
You may be surprised by how delicious fruits and veggies can be, but you’ve never known because you haven’t tried them. It’s time to expand your natural food repertoire by adding new foods to your diet. Look for new veggies and fruits, even new nuts and seeds you’ve never considered eating before. Or, try cooking familiar foods in new and creative ways. The sky’s the limit when it comes to clean eating, and you’ll find that adding variety to your diet makes your food so much more enjoyable!