Clean Eating and How to Start
Clean eating is exactly what it sounds like. Eating cleaner, healthier, more whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats; and refraining from eating lots of highly processed snack foods, sweets and other packaged foods. It’s a food plan that focuses on the famous ideology of ‘my body’s a temple’, and eating the best and healthiest food options and less of the not-so healthy ones.
A good, achievable start is to stock up on vegetables. Eating more fruit and vegetables can help significantly reduce your risk for a number of chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. Their fibers not only work wonders for your mood, but they keep the good bacteria in your good happy; helping fight infections.
Cutting back on your meat intake is also a healthy change to make. Not only does it reduce your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and help keep your weight in check, it’s good for the planet too. The global emissions generated by agriculture is affecting climate change. According to The Guardian, producing 1kg of beef requires 15,000 litres of water, 30kg of carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, and 5m2 of land. Something as simple as having one vegetarian dinner a week is a small start; sweet potato curry is a tasty compensation.
Clean eating isn’t a diet where you should drastically cut down your food intake. It’s advised to eat 6 small meals a day, including a breakfast every morning within an hour getting up. Why not switch the morning fry for some honeyed porridge? Two birds one stone.