The idea of eating clean may be a little daunting. I know I've been there too. I've put together a short list, made up of seven basic, but high impact steps to get you from a toxic standard American diet to a healthy clean eating superstar!!
Because YOU CAN DO THIS!!
Focus on Whole Foods:
The best thing you can do is cook your own food from fresh whole ingredients. Buy foods in a state as close to how it was grown. This means using fresh and frozen vegetable, greens, and fruits. Opting for raw unroasted, unsalted nuts and seeds, choosing dry grains, rice, and beans and buying fresh cuts of grass-fed and pastured meat.
Eat mostly plants
Fruits and veggies have an abundance of fiber, nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals that are not found in meat. I'm not saying you should never eat meat, but the star on ever plate should be the plant food and the meat should be thought of as the side. Remember, wellness is about balance and again, listen to your body
Choose traditional natural sweeteners
Stay away from artificial sweetners. Use raw honey or organic maple syrup and only in moderation. If you do choose refined sugar (let's say for a cake) at least go with organic sugar.
Don't overdue the salt
Let me dispel a myth right now. Salt is a necessary nutrient. That said most Americans eat way too much salt (including my own father). And most of that sat is from highly processed food (think fast0food), canned soups, and frozen meals). So, here's the deal. Salt is fine, but in moderation, however, not all salt is created equal. Personally I prefer pink Himalayan salt as it has some minor trace minerals and magnesium.
Healthy fats and meats
Contrary to popular belief, fat is not bad. In fact it is necessary for a healthy body. But the key lies in the type of fat. My favorite fats and oils are unrefined avocado oil, organic extra virgin coconut oil, and organic extra virgin olive oil. Grass-fed ghee is a good source of fat as well, but I struggle with the taste. However, I do avoid oils like canola, vegetable oil, corn oil, soybean oil. They are inflammatory and terrible for your body. Grass-fed and pastured meat (and their products such as diary and eggs)) are also great sources of vitamins, and minerals. As a general rule, I avoid all meant that isn't organic.
First choose minimally processed food as much as possible, like the component of a dish instead of he whole meal. No matter what you buy, read the labels. Look at all the ingredients. Look at the salt and sugar content. The reason is, the more processed a product is the more chance for unhealthy ingredients and high amounts of salt and sugar. Even organic processed foods are guilts of this.
Buy organic as much as possible
Eating what nature intended gives your body the tools it needs to operate at its best, including fighting disease and maintaining a health weight and lower glycemic load. It will help you better maintain a proper hormonal balance, which is essential to regulating how your body absorbs and burns body fat. Organic foods have higher levels of key nutrients your body needs to produce energy such as zinc, magnesium, and omega 3 fats.
Choosing healthier options can be a little pricey, but in my opinion, you and your body are worth it. But if you aren't ready to take the full plunge, no worries. Choose a few things to change at first, then work your way up.