Throw out that all-grapefruit diet and shake-fast program—there’s a fresher way of eating in town. Kelly Richards of Heal Thy Living Holistic Health and Personal Training tells the View about “clean eating.”
What is clean eating? Clean eating is a whole-body approach to eating. It focuses on long-term health—not just weight loss or muscle building, as many approaches do. It’s called “clean” because you choose foods that are as close to how you find them in nature as possible.
Why not diet? Diets tend to be restrictive, which isn’t sustainable. Clean eating focuses on positive choices and lifestyle changes.
Where do you shop? I personally do all my grocery shopping at Whole Foods, but you don’t have to. Most grocery stores have increased their inventory of natural and healthier products to meet public demand. People in general want to know where their food comes from and what is in it. Grocers are stepping up.
What should shoppers buy? Buy foods that aren’t processed and do not contain chemicals or artificial flavors. They should have as few added ingredients as possible, and you should be able to pronounce all of them!
Where do you eat out? Restaurants can be tricky. I try to avoid chains and choose healthier places. Or I take a cheat day if I’ve eaten well during the rest of the week.
How do you start? Healthy living is not a new diet—it’s a lifestyle and a journey. Take one step at a time. For example, cook some meals at home. Pack one lunch a week instead of eating out. Buy a clean eating magazine at and try a recipe. When you start simple and add one thing at a time, then it’s much easier to stay committed.