Clean eating is a reflection of principles, but also a reflection of a dedication to self-care. Our bodies need certain elements to be healthy and at their most productive. While many of us choose to meet our nutritional needs by shopping at GNC, which is a fine choice and works for many folks, I’d like to discuss some of the ways that clean eating can eliminate the need to take supplements or vitamins.
- I suggest eliminating processed foods as much as possible from the diet. No fast food, no microwave meals, no packaged chemical-laden snacks, and nothing generally unidentifiable. This will ensure that you’re eating fresh whole foods rich in nutrients and vitamins.
- Because fresh whole foods can be less filling than high protein animal products and overly processed options, you may feel yourself needing to eat more and more often. I suggest planning about 6 small meals throughout a day, all of which a good combination of protein-rich legumes, fruits, vegetables, and limited carbohydrates.
- I try to never suggest eliminating sugar intake – but instead, consuming responsible sugars in limited quantities. Honey and maple syrup are great options for a healthy responsible sugar fix.
- And finally, talk with your primary care provider about running a blood panel and seeing where you are nutrient deficient. There may be lots of ways to meet those deficiencies but not if you don’t know what they are!