How To Start Eating Clean
After reading, what Is clean eating, you may ask yourself how do I go from my current diet to clean eating without feeling overwhelmed? The best way to start is to take baby steps.
Read below the steps we suggest to get you started:
Step 1: Do A Thorough Audit Of Your Current Diet
a) Start a food journal (manually or use our free online version that incorporates a clean eating challenge). For at least 2 weeks track everything that you eat, not calories, just what you consume.
This will help you identify patterns that you need to change.
b) Make a list of the foods you want to introduce into your diet, again use our free tool in a structured environment to help you. You can work on making changes gradually.
c) Make a list of what you are consuming that is not healthy. Deal with one unhealthy food at a time if your list is extremely long, i.e. soda, chocolate bars, chips, donuts etc.
The best way to get rid of an unhealthy habit is to work on that habit and nothing else. Or if you want to go for it and remove a group of unhealthy foods at once then try our 7 day no junk food challenge.
d) I have compiled a list of top 100 clean eating recipes that are quick to prepare and simply delicious. It focuses on gluten free, vegan and paleo recipes.
Step 2: Secure A Membership And/Or Shop Smart
Join your local CSA (Community Support Agriculture). CSA is a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Visit local harvest to locate a CSA in your area.
Get a Costco membership as Costco sells clean packaged foods and produce affordably.
If you do not have a Costco or CSA in your area, another option is to purchase online and have items delivered directly to your home.
Secure discounts with Amazon. We have compiled a list of top clean eating packaged foods available at Amazon along with a detailed additional resource available below:
You may shop in person or online at:
Safeway (in person or online)
Target (in person or online)
Trader Joe’s (in person or delivery)
Walmart (in person)
Whole Foods (in person or online)
Step 3: Secure Kitchen Tools To Make Home Made Cooking Convenient And Effective
Kitchen tools that support eating clean will make your life easier as you will be spending more time in the kitchen cooking. See our complete list of clean eating kitchen tools we use and recommend.