The Clean Diet’s objective is to remove toxins from the body, promote a healthy, well-working digestive system, and encourage weight loss. This is not a diet that requires a lot of odd purchases. You can use meal replacements, but the Clean Diet is just as great with whole, organic foods, that are considered “clean.”
What Is “Clean”?
Clean foods are those that are considered close to the source. A whole pear is considered clean, where a can of diced pears in syrup is not. A steak or chicken breast is clean, but processed chicken nuggets don’t fit the bill. In other words, the least processed, most natural foods are the best. Organic and natural foods are your best bet.
A few small changes to your usual nutrition routine will make a big difference as you detoxify. Try switching bleached flour for whole wheat flour. Incorporate spices like chili powder, garlic or oregano so you can reduce fats and oils. Olive oil or Enova oil are great choices to help you eliminate butter or other saturated fats.
The best thing you can do for your body, according to the Clean Diet, is to drop processed foods from your diet. Spend one day getting clean foods prepped that you can freeze, like meatloaf, chicken cacciatore, soups and stews. Prep burger patties made from lean ground sirloin, bison or ground turkey, and place between wax paper, then freeze. You’ll avoid eating in restaurants with epic-sized portions and questionable additives if you have delicious, ready-made food at home.
Purchase your produce and prep it as soon as you get home. Wash and dry the lettuce, chop an onion, peel and cut the carrots, etc. Do what you need to do to make your life easy, so you don’t reach for processed foods like microwave meals or frozen pizzas.
On the clean diet, adding some lifestyle changes (besides food) to your repertoire is necessary. Adding anti-toxin practices should happen at least once a day. Add meditation, sauna and massage to your daily routine, and analyze your bowel movement cycle. You should go at least once a day. With your doctor’s approval, the Clean Diet suggests a laxative if you are not having a daily bowel movement. It’s important to keep up your exercise, or to add in simple exercise when you can. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking to your co-worker’s desk to talk, rather than send an email.
Clean Food Options
Choose fruits and veggies that are high in fiber and antioxidants. If you’re not sure what to pick, go for color. Leafy greens and veggies like broccoli, asparagus or squash are the most beneficial. Fruits with lots of color, like berries, mangoes or watermelons round out your colorful plate, giving you the best nutrient profile. Whole grains like quinoa, lentils and raw nuts provide the carbs that you need for energy, and fiber to keep your digestive tract clean and full of “good” bacteria. Lean protein like turkey, chicken and fish are the best options for protein to keep you full.