How To Start Your Day Off Right
Are you considering moving to a vegan diet or clean eating, but cannot find the time to start? It may be that clean eating sounds like an entire lifestyle shift, one that requires proper planning and proper initiation. You may be putting it off until you get a few days off from work or when that one big project is over. If you are like me, you will keep looking for reasons to put off change until you realize that you can just break down that change into smaller pieces and start integrating them slowly into your life. You will not be asked to change everything in order to live better and brighter; you only need to remember a few things as guiding principles to set out on a new journey.
One of the most important aspects of clean eating is what you choose to eat and drink. That does not mean just planning meals according to the grade school food pyramid; it means that whatever you choose to eat, the closer it is to its natural state, the better it is for you. Try to avoid foods and juices that have been refined, processed, or preserved. It is always better to go natural to benefit from inherent nutrients without the chemicals or preservatives that may reduce a food’s natural goodness.
When you are trying to eat clean, it is also a good idea to eat organic. In this day and age, enhancements and hormone treatments have crept into all kinds of foods. This ends up having an adverse effect on your health even if you are eating what you should in all the right quantities. It is important to start choosing organic; a little vigilance goes a long way.
Always read labels, for juice and smoothies too. They give away everything you need to know about the food you are buying. In general, the more ingredients a product contains, the higher the chances there are that the food is processed. Even if you try eating healthy, there is a chance that the products you buy may contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and colors that make the healthy, unhealthy. Read the label to make sure that the dairy-free yogurt you add to your bowl of berries is not going to ruin your clean eating.
The simplest trick I have found to eating clean is to remember that eating clean equals to eating greens. This is the bare minimum to jumpstart into clean eating. Try your hardest to incorporate leafy greens into whatever you are preparing for healthy servings of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as increased fiber, which boosts your metabolism by assisting digestion. By filling you up with the least number of calories but the most amount of nutrients, leafy greens help you to be healthy with just one color. This is an easy place to start. With the myriad smoothie and salad recipes out there today, leafy greens can always find a way into your diet.
We have talked about adding to your clean diet. Now let us talk about omission. One of the simplest things you can omit for maximum effect is artificial sugar. Start identifying all things that contain artificial sweeteners. Drop that can of soda, say no to that candy, and you are on your way to clean eating. Watch how your energy stabilizes and your mood lifts when you leave out artificial sugar that plays havoc with your blood sugar levels.
Clean eating does not have to be difficult or intimidating. Start small and implement easy, gradual changes into your regular eating habits to get yourself on the right path toward better health.
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What is one thing you can incorporate into your diet or eliminate to start your day off right? Comment below.
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