Are your expectations for healthy eating too unrealistic? Are you making it impossible for yourself to succeed? If so, maybe it’s time to test those expectations against reality. What comes to mind when you read the words healthy eating?
Here are a few healthy eating rules.
- Eat Real – Real foods is clean food. If you can imagine it growing out of the ground or being raised on a farm, it’s real and real is good.
- Choose Just One – If a food has only one ingredient, think milk, broccoli, dry quinoa, raw chicken, or beans, it’s clean.
- Eat Naked – Foods that don’t come in packages, like fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish you can get form the butcher or seafood counter, and grains, nuts, and spices you can buy in bulk, are clean.
- Go Organic – When you opt for organic, you get the cleanest kind of food, grown or raised without pesticides, insecticides chemical fertilisers, hormones, steroids, and/or chemical laden feed.
- Eat What You Can Pronounce – If you can read all the ingredients in a food out loud without thinking, its probably clean.
- Prioritise Plants – Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre, and nearly devoid of the calories, sugar and toxins known to cause weight gain and health issues. Only problem? Most of us don’t eat enough of them.
- Give Up the White Stuff – If you really want to eat clean, avoid sugar in its carious forms and disguises. If you want to sweeten, opt for unprocessed types like raw honey or pure maple syrup, both of which go straight from hive or tree, respectively, to your mouth.
- Cook At Home – Most meals from restaurants, takeout joints, and supermarkets are high in sugar and made with processed ingredients. When you cook, you choose exactly what does (or doesn’t) go into your body.
- Focus On What Matters – Paleo, raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, diary-free, soy-free? As long as you’re eating real food, choose the diet that works best for you.
- Enjoy Every Bite – Clean eating is about enjoying delicious, real food each and every bite, If it doesn’t taste good, don’t eat it.