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10 Simple Steps to Eating Clean

by Dylan Doty, Mirror Staff

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Eating healthy is not just good for you, but it also helps make you feel better.  Eating healthy or clean can be complicated if you do not know much about nutrition.  I am hoping I can make your new lifestyle a bit easier

The first thing to do is to slowly cut junk food out of your diet.  Dieting is a marathon, not a sprint.  Eating bad is like a bad habit you need to slowly take it away until you get healthy.  Start with drinking less pop as well as staying away from fast food.

Next, remember that IF IT HAS A COMMERCIAL, DO NOT EAT IT.  This seems like a weird tip, but most foods that are advertised are loaded with preservatives and sugars.

Another thing to remember is to not skip breakfast.  Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day.  Breakfast gets your metabolism started for the day which helps you burn calories.

It is also important to drink more water.  Water is great for your body.  It allows your body to flush out toxins and unneeded materials.  The average person should drink around a gallon of water a day.

This may be a bit more advanced, but split up your meals.  Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat 6 small meals a day.  This allows your body to break down food faster and it keeps your metabolism working.

Believe it or not, clean eating allows you to sleep more.  This may not seem like a dieting tip but sleep is a big part of being health and in shape.  Your body needs sleep to recover and to help repair your muscles.  Your body builds while you sleep. You can workout and diet all you want but if you do not sleep your body will crash.

You do have to stay away from simple sugars, though.  Simple sugars are found in all things that are sugary and sweet.  Stay away from sugary cereals as well as sports drinks. Both of these are loaded with sugars.  An example of complex sugars are those found in fruit.

Carbs Carbs Carbs!  Carbs are essential to your diet because it gives you the energy you need to function.  There is two types of carbs good and bad.  Bad carbs are those found in white breads.  Good carbs are found in  whole wheat foods as well as rice.

Snacks are not a bad thing.  You can eat small snack threw out the day if you get hungry just choose the right snack.  Put down the fruit snack and chips and pick up almonds or grapes.  Almonds actually have GOOD fats in them.  Your body needs fats but not in the amounts that most people take in.

And finally, cheat meals are not only necessary, but it keeps your mental state healthy. Once a week it is a good idea to completely blow off your diet and eat something ridiculous.  This makes you feel good, but it also keeps your metabolism working hard.

You don’t always have to workout to lose weight. If you change your diet and eat healthier  you can shed pounds as well as feel better about yourself.

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10 Simple Steps to Eating Clean