The first tip I have for those who are not sure where to start when it comes to clean eating is to dedicate a day for cleaning out your pantry, refrigerator, freezer, and any other place you store food such as you desk drawer at work. What I would like for you to do is look at the ingredients in the foods. You may notice that you can’t pronounce any of the ingredients in the product that you are looking at. I want you to place that item into a pile to give to any local food drive of your choice. Here are the top five ingredients that will require an automatic toss into that pile for your local food drive:
1. Partially Hydrogenated Oil (Palm, Soy, etc…)
2. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
3. Benzoate Preservatives (BHT, BHA, TBHQ)
4. Artificial Colors
5. Sodium nitrite
The list of ingredients in the foods you eat should read like a recipe. Once you have “cleaned house”, replace the items with more whole, natural foods. Foods that don’t require a list of nutrition facts are the best. Those would include your foods from the perimeter of the grocery store such as produce and meats, although you should limit the amount of factory produced meats that you consume. Ultimately, you will want to purchase organic meats that come from animals raised on a farm, not in a factory.
Below is a link to a PDF. file for my grocery list. It is broken down by store and aisles! Frozen meats are in case of an emergency. I typically purchase everything fresh and at the Farmers Market. You can boil some of your meats for a moment to see the fat, added oils, and preservatives float to the top of the water. Then rinse and prepare your meats as usual. Since I started eating clean in September 2012, I find myself shopping at Wal-Mart, the Farmers Market, Kroger, and local Health Food stores. I make it a point to shop at other places other than Wal-Mart to support local businesses.