Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Clean Eating

I discovered the Clean Eating magazine when I worked at Books A Million. I buy it religiously now. ( I should just subscribe, it would be cheaper). ANYWAY - it has some really great tips in there about "clean" ways to eat and tips about how to be better to the environment. It's not just about eating clean, its more so about clean living.  

Clean Eating, according to the magazine, is defined as follows:

1.) Eat five to six times a day- three meals and two to three small snacks, include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.

2.) Drink at least two liters of water a day (use a canteen)

3.) Get label savvy - clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human made and not considered clean, 

4.) Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead. 

5.) Know thy enemies - Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar. 

6.) Shop with a conscience - consume humanely raised and local meats.(not everyone can afford to buy the meats that were humanely raised, sadly)

7.) Learn about portion sizes

8.) Reduce your carbon footprint - eat produce that is seasonal and local.

9.) Drink water with a lemon wedge 

10.) Slow down and savor - never rush through eating 

11.) Take it to go

12.) Make it a family affair 

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