How to Adopt a Lifestyle of Clean Eating

Paleo Diet. Juice Cleanse. When people start these diet fads, they have to drastically change the way they eat to adhere to the strict limitations that the program requires. To be a clean eater, you don’t have to do any of that. Many people might think this whole “eating clean” thing is just another trend, but that is far from the truth. It’s simply giving a name to a type of diet that’s existed for a long time. You can adopt it for your whole life, too, as opposed to the ones we mentioned where you might not even last a month! The lifestyle of clean eating is also pretty easy to adopt.

Clean eating is simply about getting back to the source: eating more real food as opposed to processed and refined versions. The fewer ingredients on the label, the better. After a week’s worth of this dietary change, you may want to ditch the labels altogether.

Start becoming a clean eater by choosing to eat food in its natural state—think, whole fruits and vegetables. Diary lovers rejoice! You don’t have to give it up, you just have to opt for low-fat versions. You can also pick from grass-fed beef, whole grains, and unsalted nuts and seeds.

Pro Tip: Pair lean meat with whole grains, veggies, and fruits at every meal. This quadruple threat will kick your hunger and optimize energy and fat burning to help you achieve a healthier you.

As far as processed food goes, you can still eat minimally-processed foods like whole grain pasta and cheese, but stay away from highly-processed food-like products.

If you still crave some good ol’ processed food—we all do—try making a homemade version instead. Homemade spaghetti sauce, tortilla chips, chocolate chip cookies, even Snickers bars, are some recipes that will take you closer to using whole ingredients without adding all that extra junk that you cannot pronounce.  

Try limiting your intake of sugar and salt and increasing your consumption of water. Sometimes your body is telling you that you are thirsty, not hungry! If you need more help with your overall health, including your feet, make an appointment with Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, at Sierra Foot & Ankle by calling (775) 783-8037. Our office, which serves Gardnerville, Reno, Carson City, Gardnerville Ranchos and Johnson Lane, is also on Facebook and Pinterest!

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