Are you interested in clean eating? Not sure where to start or perhaps it looks too overwhelming. There are several ways to get going to change your life in a positive with this diet.
Here are 5 that will start you on your journey:
1. Replace Sugary Drinks with Water.
You don’t have to jump all in, start with small changes first. Pick one area that you want to improve on and figure out how to do it.
For example, you could replace one juice, soda or energy drinks with water for a certain amount of time. Then once you’ve got the hang of that eliminate those sugary drinks completely.
You don’t have to get rid of all your groceries and replace everything all at once.
That would be expensive and overwhelming to do. Instead pick an area and improve on it daily until you’ve mastered it.
2. Switch from Canned Food to Either Frozen or Fresh
Frozen vegetables and fruit have less preservative than canned. Stop buying in the canned food aisle and replace those with either fresh food or frozen. The taste is better and you won’t lose the nutrients from either of those options.
3. Cook Your Own Beans
Beans are a great source of plant protein. They fill you up and can be added to a variety of recipes. You’ll want to start incorporating beans into your diet. Unfortunately beans can be time consuming to cook. One of the best was to cook them fast is with a pressure cooker. You won’t even need to soak them. Throw them in, turn the cooker on and wait for the beep. Depending on the type of beans it usually takes about 45 minutes. Otherwise, soaking the beans overnight (except for lentils) helps to reduce the cooking time.
4. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
You’ll want to buy a variety of fruits and vegetables. There are many that are easy to find such as bananas, apples, oranges, carrots and celery. But others will need a little bit of prep work ahead of time prior to enjoying them. Prepare the fruits and vegetables by cleaning and slicing them, place them in small containers or snack baggies and store in the fridge in an easy and convenient place. That way when you are heading out the door you can grab them and go.
5. Make Salad in a Jar
Salads stay fresher, longer when they are put inside of a wide mouthed Mason jar. The trick is to layer them correctly. The wet ingredients are placed on the bottom followed by the greens on top. These will help you stay on track for sure.
Every new journey starts with a single step. Start with these small steps to eat clean. Don’t expect to jump in and change everything all at once. Do it slow and steady and before long you’ll be an expert.