1. Eliminate Refined Sugar and Processed Foods.
By the end of your detox, you should feel refreshed and energized. Hopefully, you will feel excited and motivated to maintain some of these habits to continue living a healthy, Clean Eating lifestyle!
3. Wash Your Produce Well.
Eat whole foods. That means eating oats and blueberries rather than a blueberry muffin. When you eat packaged foods, only buy brands that contain "real food" ingredients—ingredients you easily recognize, can pronounce, and would use to make a "from scratch" version in your own kitchen. Simplify meals. Keep your meal ingredients to a minimum—just be sure to include a source of whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat at each meal. For example, veggies and shrimp stir-fried in sesame oil over a bed of brown rice seems restaurant quality but can be whipped up faster than takeout. Eat slower. Put your fork or spoon down between every bite, and focus on the flavors and textures of your food. (Learning how to eat mindfully can help.) Eat on a regular schedule. Try not to let more than about four hours go by between meals or snacks. Steady meal timing helps regulate your digestive system, blood sugar and insulin levels, and appetite. Listen to your body. Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full—meaning satisfied, not stuffed.
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How to Eat Clean.
When perusing the main aisles for packaged foods, ask yourself: Where did this food or its ingredients come from? How much has it been processed or handled? The ingredient label should be short, and all ingredients should be recognizable. Scan for easy-to-avoid additives like artificial coloring and flavors.
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