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Do you ‘Eat Clean’ Edgewater?

 

hearttrayWhen people ask me how I coach my clients to eat, the term “clean eating” is the best way to describe it. I believe in bio-individuality, which is the concept that every person is unique and will thrive with a diet specific to them. However, there are certain principles in choosing your foods that are universal and everyone can benefit from. Although there isn’t a standard definition to clean eating, my interpretation involves the following guidelines:

  1. Eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits. Buy as much local and organic as fits your budget and go extra heavy on the vegetables – especially leafy greens.
  2. Choose organic, grass-fed animal products as much as possible.
  3. Avoid processed foods. It’s pretty safe to say foods without labels are the best. However, for foods that have labels, start by reading the ingredient list. Do you know what all of the ingredients are? If you don’t recognize something, there’s a good chance your body won’t recognize it either.
  4. Choose unrefined, whole grains whenever possible. Whole wheat flour is a better choice over processed, white flour, but even better nutritionally is a gluten-free grain like quinoa, millet or amaranth. Don’t be scared to venture out and try something new.
  5. Avoid sugar except quality, mindfully consumed, treats. Every so often, a sweet treat is exactly what we need to be reminded of the pleasurable things in life. Ensure that the treat is quality (i.e. a truffle using high quality chocolate as opposed to a candy bar made with the cheapest ingredients possible) and be sure to thoroughly enjoy every bite.

When it comes to clean eating, I encourage my clients to follow the 80/20 rule. If 80 percent of the time you follow these guidelines, the occasional indulgent meal or birthday cake won’t do too much damage. It is important to not think of these guidelines as a diet but more of a lifestyle. If this will be a radical change for you, try starting with just one of the guidelines and make changes gradually over time.

Jen Loboda is the owner of Nutritious in the City and a health coach in Edgewater. For more healthy living news, follow her on Facebook.

 

 


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