Clean eating diets are becoming popular these days. They focus on replacing less healthy processed foods with fresh, whole alternatives. Processed foods have often lost much of their nutritional value in order to make them last longer or taste sweeter. Not only that, they may also contain additives or preservatives that have a negative impact on your health.

Who Started Clean Eating?

While the idea of eating whole foods to stay healthy was certainly not new, it gained in popularity in 2007 when the Eat-Clean Diet Book was published by bestselling author and fitness model Tosca Reno. The book detailed the “Eat-Clean” diet that she stuck to in order to get in shape for a bodybuilding competition. The popularity of the book led to ten more titles in the Eat-Clean series.

Stay Away from Sugar

The first step to take in order to eat a more clean diet is to cut out sugar as much as possible. Eating sugar or foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup can lead to weight gain and diabetes. Cutting sugar out of your diet completely won’t be easy. Just about every processed snack food on the market includes some sugar. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, reach for some fruit rather than chocolate or sweets.

Drink Plenty of Water

When you feel thirsty, water is the healthiest drink to reach for. Try to drink at least two litres of water every day. You may want to buy a reusable water bottle to help encourage you to drink more. Fizzy and sports drinks both come with a lot of added sugar as well as acids which softens tooth enamel. An occasional glass of fruit or vegetable juice is a more healthy alternative –the fresher the better.

Check the Labels

When in doubt about a certain food, check the nutrition facts and ingredient list carefully. Make sure that the bulk of the ingredients listed are whole foods and not artificial or processed. Also, make sure you pay attention to the serving size.

While there are many different ideas of what exactly encompasses clean eating, the basic principle of skipping processed foods in favour of whole, fresh ones is of great benefit to your body. Even if processed foods have had nutrients added in to replace what they’ve lost during processing, they are not as healthy as the unprocessed versions. Next time you go to the supermarket, try to buy as many of your ingredients as possible from the fresh produce aisle rather than the canned goods aisle. Not only will your meals taste better, they’ll also be better for your health.

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