Clean Eating Shopping List to Satisfy Your Body Needs
Eating clean is one of the best things that you can do for your body, and is especially important if you are active. Clean eating is not a diet or a food fad; it is a way of eating that relies on that which can be grown from the ground and animal sources of protein. The food is minimally processed, and is kept as close to its natural state as possible.
Despite the simplicity, people still get overwhelmed while shopping early on. We are told to “shop the perimeter” of the store, but even that isn’t enough. The deli and dairy departments of most grocery stores are home to foods with tons of added salt and sugar.
So it really comes down to knowing what you are putting in your shopping cart. Generally, the fewer ingredients a food has, the better it is for you.
Here is a super-simple chart that will never fail you. It’s divided into foods groups, with the fruit and vegetable section further divided by color, so you can make sure that all your bases are covered.
Protein builds and repairs tissue. Cells in the body die by the millions every day of your life and must be replaced. Physical activity demands new muscle tissues be formed. Protein is the only source that your body has to draw on to do this.
Protein is essential to metabolic health, as well. Protein slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, helping you feel full longer and avoid spikes in blood sugar levels.
Carbohydrate is the bodies preferred source of energy. There are three different types of carbohydrates:
• Sugars. These are broken down and absorbed by the body the quickest. Think table sugar, white bread, cake. Also, with regards to food labels, anything ending with the suffix ~ose is a sugar. Dextrose, sucralose, glucose, are all types of sugar. Avoid these.
• Starches. These release their energy more slowly than sugars. Think potatoes and pasta. They are very carbohydrate dense so portion control is important.
• Fibers. These break down the slowest of all, stabilizing insulin levels and helping you feel full longer. Oatmeal, barley, whole wheat, brown rice. Beans and lentils, as well as pretty much all vegetables. These are far and away the best sources.
Fruits and vegetables
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