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What Is Clean Eating?
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What Is Clean Eating?

Every few years, you'll start to hear about a diet you tried once before coming back into popularity. If you've spent any time poking around this website, you know how I feel about those diets. (Hint: I started Beyond Diet to bring you better health and reliable weight loss than they could provide!)

But there's another way of eating that's making a comeback that offers some great advice for people learning how to be healthy. Like Beyond Diet, this plan is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. I'm talking about clean eating.

"Clean eating" is a term that's been making its way around the health and fitness community for years now. There are clean-eating books, clean-eating blogs, and even a clean-eating magazine. While the particulars vary from book to site, the principles of a clean-eating lifestyle remain the same.

The 4 Pillars of Clean Eating:

  1. Avoid prepackaged, processed foods. A guideline Beyond Diet readers are no doubt familiar with! Whatever the ultimate goal of a clean eater ? weight loss or general well-being ? the first step is removing all the chemicals and compounds that we unwittingly ingest every day.

  2. Eat small meals throughout the day. Three meals a day made sense when we were little kids. After all, we were only up for 10-12 hours each day. As adults who often spend more than 16 hours a day up and about, going five hours between meals invites exhaustion and blood-sugar fluctuations that make binging a serious possibility. If you want to eat clean and learn how to be healthy, eat 5-6 small meals each day.

  3. Go organic and local. Obviously, the big difference between organic food and its non-organic counterpart is that organic food is grown without the use of pesticides. If you're trying to eat clean and can afford it, buy exclusively organic and seek out meat from a local butcher (so it?s as fresh as possible). If all that organic will break the bank, then just stick with the organic essentials (meat, eggs, and the fruits and veggies on this list).

  4. Keep it simple. The fewer ingredients, the better. Nature, after all, doesn't mix 10 different ingredients to make anything. If a label lists more than three ingredients (two if you're a stickler) pass it up.