We’ve all heard the term “Eating Clean” but what does it actually mean? It’s NOT about only eating fruits and vegetables. And it’s NOT about a raw or 100% sugar free diet. A clean eating diet is simple and essentially means avoiding any processed or refined foods.
Besides helping reduce numbers on the scale, developing a eating regimen of primarily whole, unprocessed foods like dark leafy-greens, colorful vegetables & fruits, fermented foods, healthy fats, whole grains and pasture-raised protein can result in a complete overhaul to your life and health. To fast forward the health benefits, we recommend also cutting out gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. These foods spike blood sugar and trigger inflammation in your body.
Here are the six main benefits from eating a clean, whole food diet:
- Improved Brain Function
- Improved Mood: Reducing the symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety
- Increased Energy
- Cardiovascular Health
- Better Sleep
- Glowing Skin
The easiest way to eat clean is to cook at home and prepare your meals from scratch. If you are making your food, you know what ingredients are included and can have complete control to ensure that everything is ‘real’. If you don’t have the time or the desire to cook, our organic meal plans are made-from-scratch in our Brooklyn kitchen and 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, with no refined sugars. Using local seasonal vegetables, pasture-raised meats, and sustainably sourced seafood, we make it easy and convenient for you to eat clean every day.
What about when you are out to dinner with friends or on the road traveling? One easy tip we give all of our clients who ask us this question is to look for menu items that have lean meats (fish, turkey, chicken) and choose vegetables over starch. Restaurants often will be happy to swap out mashed potatoes for steamed broccoli. Although it may not have the same instant gratification, remember clean eating is all about playing the long game. Over time your tastes will change and the results of feeling energized, sleeping better, and looking healthier will have you craving leafy greens and steamed veggies every day.
If you are ready to make the decision to eat clean, the time is now to start. With the 3-Week Commit to Clean Challenge, we will be there every step of the way. Make a pledge to eat clean with us for the next three weeks and we will send you nutrient rich meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the weekdays, a detailed guide with tips and tricks to keep it clean on your own over the weekend (think how to order at restaurants, what to cook for the family, and more), plus a complimentary 20-minute health coaching session with one of our certified culinary nutrition experts on staff.
Clean eating is a way of life and you can be successful in developing a new, healthier eating routine focusing on nutrient dense, whole foods.