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clean eating, clean eating recipes, clean eating magazine, eating clean, clean eating dietClean eating is not a diet. It is a lifestyle approach to eating food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. I think it’s a nice reminder to be healthier. Here are 13 simple ways to eat clean:

Eat five to six times a day – Small, frequent meals keep you energized through the day.
Drink at least two liters of water a day – Water is essential for keeping hydrated.
Get label savvy – A long ingredient list means that it was man-made and not considered clean.
Avoid processed and refined foods – Ditch white flour, sugar, bread and pasta for whole grains. They are tastier too!
Know thy enemies – Avoid foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.
Shop with a conscience – Consume humanely raised and local meats
Consume healthy fats – Essential Fatty Acids should be eaten every day.
Learn about portion sizes – And stick to them!
Reduce your carbon footprint – Eat produce that is seasonal and local – it’s cheaper, fresher, and better for the environment.
Order water with a lemon wedge – Avoid calorie-laden cocktails when dining out.
Slow down and savor – Enjoy every bite of food, knowing that you’re eating something that is good for you!
Take it to go – Pack lunches for yourself and your kids (in reusable containers!) so you always have clean food to eat.
Make it a family affair – Include everyone in a healthier lifestyle.

The basic rules of clean eating are brought to you by Clean Eating magazine, which I LOVE! For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas head over to We are that family.