Last Updated on May 2, 2022 by Latrice
Before eating clean started sticking in my life, these were the 3 simple things I did to make sure I ate a cleaner diet.
Eating a cleaner diet started with me standing in aisles and reading ingredients way longer than I used to. Hell, I wasn’t reading ingredients until I started eating a cleaner diet.
I was the lady that was standing in front of the low-carb tortillas, reading ingredients until I found one with ingredients that were clean.
Use these 3 simple tips to start choosing healthier, cleaner foods without having to sweat over if they’re really cleaner foods.
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Avoid any ingredient you cannot pronounce
Chances are if you can’t pronounce it or it has more than three syllables, you shouldn’t consume it. It also didn’t come from nature.
Food manufacturers use several ingredients to make their manufactured products more palatable to our bodies and taste buds.
They have to add taste, smell, “vitamins,” minerals, and color as well as maintain consistency and shelf life. All of that just to feed you something devoid of nutrients.
The longer the list of ingredients, the least likely you should eat it
Foods from nature are simple and straight to the point. A long list of weird looking ingredients is likely an indication something strange is going on.
These long lists are dead give-a-ways.
Think about it. What are all those things they have to add? Where did those ingredients come from and did they test them? It’s just too many questions.
Stick with ingredients you can recognize as foods
The easiest way to avoid all these nasty chemicals in your foods is to stick with real foods and real ingredients. Stuff of the earth and by the earth.
This isn’t always easy considering we live in a day and age where these foods are EVERYWHERE and easily accessible. You might find it particularly difficult to avoid processed foods if you have food addiction or binge eating disorder.
Remain patient with yourself and overtime sticking to foods with ingredients that consist of other foods will get easier.
Eating clean doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be easy and does get even easier with practice.
Avoiding long lists of ingredients that don’t look like names of foods, but chemicals of a science lab is a great place to start.
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