The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It’s not a diet but a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation.
The best foods to eat for health and proper fuel, are foods that are one ingredient, aka whole, or “clean” foods. Typically these foods are the best because they are unprocessed or minimally processed, and don't include preservatives, artificial ingredients, additives or fillers that will derail your health. Foods occurring in “nature” are the most nutrient dense and will provide you with the best results.
Eating organic is best to avoid toxic chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, hormones, and GMO’s that are being put into our food and causing inflammation, various illnesses, obesity, and food intolerance.
Meal timing: this can vary depending on your lifestyle and activity level, but aim to eat intuitively ~ every 3-4 hours from your first meal to allow your body to fully digest between meals, while preventing extreme hunger and maintaining energy levels.
Balance your macro-nutrients. Meals should consist of lean proteins, fresh organic fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates ("one ingredient" carbs are best, which are not processed and are occurring in nature).
Get label savy. When you know a food is processed, read the "ingredient" portion of your food labels. That is the true guide to what you are eating. A food that is considered clean usually has 5 or less ingredients (with words you are familiar with!) Any product with a long ingredient list is generally man made and not considered clean. The shorter the ingredient list, the better the food. A word you don't recognize usually means chemicals and non-food substances! * Tip- Ask yourself did this come from the ground? Or Aisle 7!?
Avoid: processed foods, refined sugars, white flour, bad fats such as trans and saturated fats.
Consume healthy fats everyday (essential fatty acids, or EFA’s)
Monitor portion sizes (no calorie counting needed!)
Drink plenty of water throughout the day