Clean Eating Grocery List
Losing weight, getting fit, and building lean muscle mass all require a healthy diet. And the best approach to healthy eating is clean eating.
What exactly do I mean by ‘clean eating’?
First of all, clean eating means cutting out highly processed foods. Processed and packaged foods, or those that hardly resemble their original ingredients, are less nutritionally dense and tend to have higher amounts of preservatives. Preservatives aren’t so great for dieting. Whether they’re chemical preservatives or higher amounts of sodium, these ingredients can really mess up your dieting efforts.
I always recommend to my clients going to all-natural, whole food, and organic (when possible) options. These foods tend to be the ‘cleanest’ in the truest sense of the word. With fewer chemicals and less processing, you’re more likely to reap the benefits of your healthy diet.
What about things like sugar and fat?
When I say “clean eating’, I’m also talking about a diet that is low in sugar and fat (especially bad fat). A clean diet should include foods that are healthy all around and compatible with an active and fit lifestyle.
So this means cutting back on ingredients that are going to cause fat accumulation. When sugar isn’t used up for energy, it’s more likely to be converted into fat and deposited in your body. Bad fats like trans and saturated fats should be avoided at all cost, as they’re bad for your physique and your overall health.
But some fats are good, like those found in olive oil, coconut oil, salmon, nuts, almond butter, and avocados. These fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, support overall physical and mental health and can actually help your weight loss efforts.
I recommend checking out my Low Fat Shopping List here. It’s a great starting point for clean eating and cutting back on bad fats.