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5 Clean Eating Rules For A Healthy Diet

Eating clean, whole foods is paramount to living a healthy lifestyle. It does wonders for your body, and helps you achieve your physique goals far more efficiently. If you've ever wondered how to start eating clean, just focus on these 5 simple rules:

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1. CLEAN EATING IS A LIFESTYLE

Clean eating means embracing foods in their whole states, and reducing (or cutting) your intake of processed ingredients. Don't think of it as a diet that sets out to inhibit your food choices and deprive you of the good things in life. Approach clean eating as a long-term benefit where you're ridding your body of unwanted toxins and calories, as well as learning how to embrace food as it was meant to be enjoyed in the first place. That means no-no to white rice, white sugar, and anything else bleached or coloured prior to being sold.

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2. FRESH PRODUCE IS KEY

The supermarket and wet markets are your best friends. Ideally, try not to buy anything that comes from the processed snacks section unless you're having a cheat day. Learn what vegetables and fruits come in season, so you'll always have the freshest produce to cook with.

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3. LEARN TO LOVE COOKING

Unless you subscribe to a healthy meal delivery service, or have a nifty clean foods café near you, it's pretty tough to keep up a clean eating lifestyle if you don't love to cook, or have the time to. Clean recipes don't take particularly long if you're sticking to the basics, nor do they limit your creativity if you enjoy cooking, or are keen on learning how to cook. Have a few simple, wholesome go-to recipes at hand so you can always whip up a clean meal when need be. Meal prep is also going to be an integral part of your life again, as most dining options come with added oil, salt, sugar, and occasional preservatives. Invest in a decent lunchbox so you'll be excited to bring lunch to work or school. Try Six Pack Fitness meal bags, they're a stylish way to carry your meals out whiles keeping them warm and fresh!

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4. CAN'T PRONOUNCE THE INGREDIENTS? DON'T EAT IT

If you need a rule of thumb to what constitutes as clean or not, just don't eat something if the ingredients list has unpronounceable items that sound straight out of a science lab. When it comes to buying supplements, do your research on the brand and try to buy formulas that are as pure as possible. For supplements, go for something that's pure like MusclePharm Combat 100% Whey or natural like The Primal Pantry Raw Paleo Bar.

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5. TREATS ARE FINE ONCE IN AWHILE

Clean eating is about enjoying nutritious food that will benefit you, but it's not meant to be extremely restrictive. Indulge in a treat once or twice a week to keep you loving your lifestyle and your diet. Just make sure a cheat day doesn't spiral into a cheat week! If you're fond of snacking, try swapping out chocolate bars and chips for healthier alternatives like Lenny & Larry's Muscle Brownies or Justine's Complete Protein Cookies.

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