It’s a new year and a new chance to start fresh. From vows to be a more positive person, to goals of getting more sleep, moving more, and yes, eating better, new year’s resolutions are something many of us are eager to make, but often fall short of achieving. Last week I revealed the one change I was making to help me get more sleep, and today, I thought I’d offer those of you interested in “eating clean” in 2014, 10 reasonable ways to do just that.
The thing I love about clean eating is that there are no steadfast, strict rules, as there are with traditional and fad diets. There are no points to keep track of, no calories to count, and entire food groups are not eliminated. Instead, the goal is simple – reduce or eliminate overly processed foods, and increase your intake of whole foods. The rest is up to you, and your body. Clean eating for some involves eliminating dairy, while for others, it means no more gluten, but in the end, it’s all about being in-tune with what foods your body feels best on. This loosey-goosey way of eating intimidates some, because there is no guidebook, there are no “rules” to follow, but I promise you, once you get the hang of it, this way of eating is life-changing and easily achievable. Friends and family often ask me, “So how long do you plan to eat like this?” My answer is simple, “forever.” There is no sense of deprivation or longing for foods I’ve given up, and if you take it slow and learn as you go, you’ll see that clean eating can be simple, delicious, and dare I say, affordable even.
Here are 10 ways you can dip your feet in the waters of clean eating. My recommendation off of my own experience? Start slow with just 2-3 of these things, and then layer in more steps as you feel comfortable, as your budget allows, and as your schedule allows.
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