HOW TO COOK CLEAN
Cooking doesn’t necessarily preserve the nutrients and benefits of your food. Some of these nutrients are destroyed, like vitamin C, but others are increased. So if you’re not a follower of the raw trend, I suggest you cook your food wisely so it tastes great and preserves as many nutrients as possible.
Cooking clean starts with choosing clean ingredients, the ones that come from safe sources and are healthy and chemical-free. With these kinds of ingredients on hand, the job is half done already! From delicious ingredients to amazing cooked food is just one step.
Clean cooking means avoiding frying food on huge amounts of oil and focusing more on frying in small amounts of oil, steaming, stewing, and cooking on low heat. However, of all of these, steaming is the most nutritious and preserves most of the vitamins, antioxidants and fibers. Apart from the cooking technique, there’s one more important thing to consider – reducing the amount of salt you use in cooking. You are free to use spices and herbs, but reduce the salt and try to enjoy food in the most natural possible way. That’s when you get more flavors and nutrients that are crucial for a healthy lifestyle, healthy mind, and a healthy body.
HOW TO EAT CLEAN
Clean eating doesn’t necessarily mean choosing certain foods or ingredients. It also assumes cooking at home for yourself; stop buying readymade food from supermarkets or restaurants. Cooking for yourself is cheaper and healthier because you get to control the amount of fat and seasoning you add, and you can also use quality, clean ingredients. This book includes plenty of recipes for you to try your hand at, and they are all clean, delicious and healthy, but best of all, they don’t require an expert to cook them.
Another great concept of clean eating is keeping your body hydrated. This means drinking at least two liters of water daily and removing soda and carbonated drinks from your diet for good. Our body and brain is made mainly from water so we need it in order to function properly. Plus, water will help you detox your system and also conduct the nutrients better into your blood and, furthermore, to your organs and brain. This translates into better digestion, better brain functions, and an improved health.
Apart from this, think about food as a medicine and your body as a temple -treat it according to that belief. The phrase “you are what you eat” has never been truer than now! So focus on eating clean and channel your positive energy, and only then will you see a change in your lifestyle. Your health will improve, your immune system will be better, and you will feel much better overall. Your body will know how to tell you when something’s wrong, but it will also know how to show you gratitude for taking care of it like you are supposed to!
WHAT IS CLEAN EATING
This is a question I hear often, but it has such a simple answer. Clean eating is very straightforward, and it doesn’t even count as a diet; it’s more of a lifestyle. Clean eating is a concept that you need to embrace; a concept that revolves around the idea of knowing what your food contains and where it comes from. To put it simpler, clean eating simply means avoiding processed foods. Processing refers to food that has been processed before, such as many canned goods, white flour (and pastries made with it), and foods that have ingredients you can’t identify. As a general rule, processed foods include anything from a hotdog to pasta sauce and instant oatmeal.
The problems with these foods is that they’ve been processed so much that part of (or all) the nutrients have been destroyed. Moreover, often additives are added to preserve the food longer, to make it look better, improve its taste, and make it irresistible. But these additives have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, so they shouldn’t be part of anyone’s diet.
Clean eating is a challenge given the amount of processed foods you can find on the market, but there are still gems to be found out there and you can still do it yourself. It sounds harder than it actually is, and once you get started and taste real, clean food and get to testify to its benefits later on, there’s nothing stopping you. Clean eating improves your health, it boosts your immune system, it helps you think better, it makes your skin look better, it makes your hair shine, and your tummy feel much better as well. And this is all from a few simple lifestyle changes! Not in a month or two, but now! Now is the time for that change, now is the time to feel better; do this for yourself and be grateful for it!