What does Clean Eating really mean? I had no clue when I started my fitness journey. It sure didn’t sound like something I wanted to do. I envisioned lettuce and celery, dry toast, and water for my meals. The phrase can be confusing.
Clean eating means eliminating processed foods, additives, preservatives, and artificial and added sugars from your diet. Instead, eat mostly fresh, whole, unprocessed food. Foods like whole grains, fruits, veggies and other nutritious foods.
Exercising at least three times a week is great for getting strong, having more energy, better sleep, and a better mind set, but 70 to 80% of our fitness results comes from the foods we eat. So clean eating is a major part of our success!
Here are a few suggestions for eating clean:
Whole Grain breads and cereals
Steel cut oats, quinoa, brown rice
Chicken Breasts or turkey
Wild-Caught salmon, tilapia, cod, or halibut
Beans: black beans, garbanzo beans, etc.
Extra-lean red meat
Plain Greek Yogurt
Nuts and seeds
Cheeses like Feta or Cheddar Cheese
Unsweetened almond or coconut milk, or cow’s milk
You get the idea. This isn’t to say you can’t have a treat once in a while, though! I had some delicious peach ice cream the other day with my two sisters at a local farm after a hot day of hiking in a south Georgia state park. It truly was a treat!