The Basics of a plant-based Whole Foods are really not that hard to adapt to your present lifestyle. It does mean that you will want to learn a little about cooking if you don’t already cook and you will need a few good recipes. That is what this blog is about. We want to share with you all recipes and plant-based whole food information that will make your mind and body as healthy as it can be. As a side benefit, this lifestyle tends to lead to a longer and healthier life, so let’s take a look at what we need to do.
The Simple Rules of Clean Eating
A good place to start with is to learn about the simple and basic rules involved with this lifestyle. In general, you are focusing more on healthy, whole, and fresh foods. It’s not so much counting calories or cutting your carbs, as it is trying to cook more, using fresh ingredients, and avoiding highly processed foods. This means grating your own cheese, no longer using canned fruits and veggies, and only having eggs or dairy that is from free-range or grass-fed animals. With a clean eating lifestyle, you should be cooking most meals on your own and reducing your saturated fats and trans fats. You also want to reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake as much as possible.
Go For Fresh Produce
With clean eating, fresh produce is going to be a big part of your diet. You can also have some carbohydrates and plenty of protein, but fruits and veggies are a good portion of your meals, particularly with lunch and dinner. You want to have fresh produce as much as possible. This means even trying to reduce how often you turn to frozen veggies, and get them in the produce section and slice them up yourself. To save money and have a larger selection, try finding local farmer’s markets.
Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods is a major no-no on the Whole Foods clean eating lifestyle. You want to use as many natural and fresh ingredients as you can. If it comes in a package, consider whether there is a more natural version of that ingredient. Shredded cheese comes in a block of cheese you grate yourself, for example. Plus, you should only have dairy when it is from a grass-fed cow. Chopped onions come in full onions you can buy and chop yourself. These are good examples to start with.
Start Cooking More
As you can see, cooking is a major component to eating clean. It would be very difficult to do if you were not cooking on a regular basis. You don’t need to be a natural chef, but you should be able to follow a simple recipe. If you don’t have a lot of time to prep and cook, invest in some appliances that help the process go faster, such as a food processor for chopping, and a slow cooker to cook your meals during the day while you are at work or school.
We have actually invested in three different sizes of slow cookers and do the larger part of our cooking using them. We started because of the high temperatures here in the afternoon. We kept our kitchen cool and soon found that just about anything can be adapted to a slow cooker. I will be sharing those recipes with you over the next few weeks.
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