Now that you have the first steps of clean eating down, it’s time to build your skills up even more. Here are 4 more tips to incorporate clean, plant-based nutrition into your life.
Head to your cupboard or your pantry and grab your favorite packaged snack. Look at the ingredients, and if the top three ingredients listed are not something you would generally incorporate into your diet, then you may want to reconsider your snack option. Check to see if the ingredients contain any artificial or ingredients that you are avoiding (because of a sensitivity or allergy).
When looking at the nutrition facts panel, check the amount of fiber, sugar and protein. Ideally you want a product that has more fiber and protein and less sugar. Look for products with 0 grams of trans fats, low in saturated fat and rich in unsaturated fats.
Embrace Healthy Fats
Swap out unhealthy trans fats with healthy fats from avocados, nuts and seeds. Healthy fats are necessary for glowing skin, radiant hair, and healthy hormone production. Stock up on plant-based sources of Omega-3s—such as ground flaxseeds and chia seeds.
Focus on Hydration
Staying hydrated is important, and responsible for many benefits in your body especially in helping to circulate the nutrients you get obtaining from your food throughout your body. It’s important to stay away from nutrient-poor, sugar-loaded soft drinks, and stick with more natural source of hydration like water. Good quality, filtered water is one of the best sources of hydration you can get. For days when you’re sweating more, add in electrolytes—without sugar or artificial ingredients or fillers. One packet of Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator mixes with 2 cups of water for a great taste with added hydration benefits.
Eat Local, and Non-GMO and Organic When Possible.
It’s easy to focus on non-GMO and organic ingredients exclusively and forget about local foods. While organic foods are better for the environment, and non GMO-foods let you eat what nature intended, local foods are also important. When you buy local foods, you support your community, while promoting biodiversity. Plus, in season food grown locally tastes better than any supermarket produce. Look for verification from third party organizations such as USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project certification.
With these tips — and last week’s steps — you’re well on your way to eating clean. To refresh your memory about the first 4 steps, click here.