What is ‘Clean Eating’?

I am in no way claiming that I know everything about this. I’m just a beginner at the whole clean eating thing. Everyone has a different opinion about what clean eating actually is and it can be a pretty sensitive topic among professional nutritionists and personal trainers and just anyone who’s up for an argument.

Basically how I’ve come to understand it is that it’s a diet based on natural, unprocessed foods including lots of fresh veggies and high quality lean meats. Dairy is a no no but there are some exceptions such as cottage cheese and full fat natural Greek yoghurt. (I think they’re okay because they are less processed and have low sugar). Only complex carbohydrates like sweet potato, rye bread and quinoa as oppose to white bread, white rice and pasta.

Fruit should be limited to one or two pieces per day and preferably eaten in the morning because of their high sugar content. This is one of the controversial points because many people believe fruit consumption should not be limited. I believe you can eat as much fruit as you want for maintenance but limited for weight loss, that’s just my opinion.

Five to six small meals per day. This is an important one to keep the metabolism going and avoid the body going into starvation mode and storing fat. Don’t skip meals!! And of course the all-important reversed triangle.

There’s some saying to go with that like, “Eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner.

Only eat enough nuts to cover three fingers, almonds are the best option. Drink HEAPS of water and always pick the product with the least sugar. Try not to eat less than three hours before going to bed, but in saying that please note that I’m not too good at that one. You really need to figure out what works best for you and don’t be hard on yourself for what doesn’t.

*       In the morning eat your meals with the most sugar like fruits

*       During the day eat your complex carbs (rye bread, mountain bread wraps, quinoa)

*       In the evening eat mostly protein and greens

Make it interesting. It’s going to be harder to stick to if all you’re eating for dinner is plain baked chicken and broccoli, I’ve been there. I hope this helps.

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