Eating real, whole, unprocessed foods as close to their natural state as possible is a new and popular way of eating called “clean eating.”
Clean eating focuses on an overall healthy lifestyle — not just a healthy diet plan. This approach to health requires knowing our body's needs so we can best fuel it and live life to the fullest.
Yoga instructor B.K.S. Iyengar said, “Your body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” This advice should be applied to the food we eat. Food must serve our soul.
We all want to take care of our bodies, but we often don't know where to start. Walking down the aisles of health food stores and looking at the price tags, we convince ourselves that we can't afford a clean eating lifestyle. We cannot pay double or triple our average grocery bill to eat healthier, or we become unhealthy financially.
Don't trade one burden for another, because you should know that we don't have to choose between healthy food and going broke if we do a little preparation beforehand.
Think about it…
You eat whatever is stocked in your pantry and fridge, and most of the time, that means prepackaged goods or freezer meals because they are convenient and quick to make. But if you change the way you shop and stock up on healthier options, you will be more likely to try clean eating recipes and reach for healthier snacks!
The shopping list we created below will provide a roadmap for your healthy lifestyle. There are many definitions of what defines clean eating, so do your research, pick one that suits your lifestyle the best, and tweak the list below according to your needs.
Next time you head to the grocery store and want to load your cart with frozen pizzas, cereal, and hamburger helper, take this list and stick to it instead! You are setting your soul and mind up for success when you fuel your body the right way!