The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at the time.

Eat five to six times a day – three meals and two small snacks. Include la lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.

Drink at least two liters of water a day, preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic, we’re friends of the environment here!

Get label savvyClean food contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.

Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.

Know your enemies. Steer clean of anything high in saturated fat and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.

Shop with a conscience. Consume humanely raised and local meats.

Consume healthy fats – essentially fatty acids (or EFA’s) every day.

Learn about portion sizes and work toward eating within them.

Reduce your carbon footprint. Eat produce that is in season and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.

Drink water with a lemon wedge. A glass of red wine for a special occasion is OK but it should be a rare indulgence. The health benefits of red wine are reversed after more than one glass a day.

Slow down and savor. Never rush through a meal. Food tasted best when savored. Enjoy every bite.

Take it to go. Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.

Make it a family affair. Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own.