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What is clean eating?

Here is a list of wonderful tips I got from Tosca Reno’s book Eat Clean Recharged. Awesome book that I recommend to anyone trying to eat clean and live a healthier lifestyle

Clean Eating principles

1. Eat more. Eat 5-6 small meals each day, spaced 2.5 – 3 hours apart. Protein and complex carb at each meal with a big glass of water!
2. Eat breakfast everyday, within an hour of rising.
3. Make your last meal 3 hours before bed.
4. Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates at each meal.nutrition
5. Eat sufficient healthy fats every day.
6. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day. Add some lemon, limes, cucumbers or orange slices for extra flavor!
7. Carry a cooler packed with clean foods & snacks each day.nutrition
8. Depend on fresh fruit and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes.
9. Adhere to proper portion sizes (see below).
10. Eat only foods that have not been overly processed, or that contain artificial additives (sweeteners, colors, preservatives, etc.), saturated and trans fats.

READ THE INGREDIENTS LABEL!

What to Avoid:
Avoid all over-processed foods, particularly white flour and sugar
Avoid all chemically charge foods
Avoid foods containing preservatives
Avoid artificial sugars
Avoid saturated and trans fats
Avoid sugar loaded beverages, including sodas and juices
Avoid or do your best to limit alcohol intake.
Avoid all calorie dense foods containing little or no nutritional value. I call these anti-foods
Avoid super sizing your meals

AVOID ANYTHING that contains the following on the label:
High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup
Aspartame
Sucralose
Maltodextrin
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
Enriched
Modified, Genetically-modified, etc.
From concentrate

TIP: When you see the words “diet”, “sugar-free” or “lite”, chances are it contains artificial sweeteners like Aspartame which is POISON!

Complex Carbohydrates from Fruit and Vegetables:
6 portions each day. A portion is:
1 cupped handful or a piece of fruit such as berries, grapefruit, melon, apples and mangoes.
2 cupped handfuls of vegetables including broth based/vegetable puree soups.

Complex Carbohydrates from whole grains and starchy carbohydrates:
2-4 portions each day. A portion is:
1 scant handful of high-protein, sugar-free cold cereals, such as clean muesli or granola.
1 handful of cooked cereal
1 piece of whole grain bread or wrap (Sante Fe tortilla wraps from Costco are a great option)
1 handful sized serving of sweet potato, yam, banana, corn, carrots or squash

Lean Protein
6 portions each day. A portion is:
1 cup or handful of dairy products such as low fat soy, almond, hemp, rice, or skim milk, cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt cheese or plain fat free sugar free yogurt.
1 scant handful of raw, unsalted nuts (also a healthy fat)
2 tablespoons of all natural nut butters such as almond or peanut butter (also a healthy fat).
1 palm-sized portion of lean meats
High quality, sugar- and chemical- free protein powder and I prefer Shakeology!
Organic Cane Sugar
Agave Nectar
Maple Sugar Flakes
Natural Stevia (plant-derived, non-processed)

I highly suggest you pick up Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating books.

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