Food is so much more than just filling the tummy when a person is hungry. To many, it may seem the way of getting the nutrients needed by the body to function properly but people forget that food also feeds the mind. For instance, why can a person get easily irritable when they are hungry or when they are stressed out, they feel hungry? It is the sign of the body to ask for food to help improve such conditions by feeding the brain with glucose and to get a sense of clarity. The best way of eating is by having healthy foods and drinks.

There are many ways of eating habits or diets being popularised in society. Some aim to help improve a person’s way of eating while some specifically aim to improve certain health conditions such as losing weight or those diagnosed with diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes. No matter how different a diet or healthy eating habits can be from one and another, one thing for sure is it aims to improve a person’s health. One of the famous ones currently is clean eating.

Clean eating is about eating more healthy food and less eating of unhealthy ones. This means that a person practising clean eating should indulge foods as a whole, such as packed with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins. A clean eating also means to minimise highly processed or refined food as it is not considered clean to be in the diet. However, eating clean may not sound easy as it seems and a person may need to invest a certain amount of time and money to get the perfect clean eating style that works best for them. Fret not, here are 9 ways to eat clean:

1)  Always choose food in their natural form- Prioritise food that is fresh such as fresh fruits or meat instead of frozen one. Choose raw fruits instead of fruit juices. Avoid processed food such as chips and cookies, even ready-to-eat meals as most are usually packed with unhealthy substances such as excess calories, sugar and salt.

2)  Choose whole grains- Avoid refined carbs such as white bread, pasta and rice.

3)  Packed your meal with fruits and vegetables- If fresh fruits or vegetables are a bit difficult to get, you can choose frozen or canned ones as substitutes that are low in sugar or salt.

4)  High alert on salt and added sugar- While clean foods typically already low in salt and sugar in nature, some manufactures may actually add these substances in excess to help improve taste. This is very true on processed food such as tomato sauce and yoghurt. Always keep a lookout for salt and sugar in excess by reading the label carefully and thoroughly.

5)  Say ‘no’ to artificial ingredients- Avoid eating food or drinks made with artificial colour, sweeteners, preservatives, flavouring and any fake ingredients that do not belong to a clean-eating diet.

6)  Drink more plain water- Drink low-calorie beverages such as water and herbal tea. You can still drink flavoured drinks made with natural ingredients such as plain water mixed with slices of lemon or lime.

7)  Reconsider alcohol and caffeine- It is recommended to not drink more than 400 mg of caffeine per day and one serving alcohol for women or two serving of alcohol for men.

8)  Go organic- Organic food tends to be perfect for clean-eating as it is free from man-made pesticides that usually harms people in the long run. Try setting up your own homestead and eat fresh produce right from the farm, it is the healthiest to cook the food with fresh and clean ingredients without any added pesticides

9)  Best to cook your own food- Making food from scratch gives you ease of mind knowing what you are putting in the body is clean.

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