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4 Tips to Eat Clean and Improve Your Gut Health

By Dr. Juan Salinas

Do you ever want to improve your way of eating but feel frustrated because you don’t know where to start? 

If that’s the case, read on because we’ll be going over four practical tips for eating clean and improving your health.

 Let’s dive in.

  1. Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry

Going to the grocery store when you’re hungry is a big mistake because you’re tempted to buy tasty (and often unhealthy) foods. The problem with doing so is that filling your home with unhealthy foods would get in the way of improving your nutrition. Sure, you can rely on willpower to resist these foods, but most people can only last for so long before they give in to the temptation.

An excellent way to prevent this is to stop buying groceries when you’re hungry. Eat something and then go shopping. You’ll be much more objective, make better buying decisions, and save yourself money. 

  1. Fill Your Home With Nutritious Foods

Just as you should avoid filling your home with processed junk foods, you should also make an effort to stock your kitchen with all sorts of whole and nutritious alternatives. Doing so will make eating healthy much easier and more natural. 

For example, as you start craving something in the afternoon and there is a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table, you’re much more likely to grab an apple or banana and satisfy your hunger.

Some healthy options include:

  • Fruits and veggies
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Meat and fish
  • Beans and legumes
  • Dairy and eggs

P-Nuff crunch snacks are also fantastic because they satisfy your cravings for savory goodies, provide numerous essential nutrients, and support your health.

  1. Replace Most Drinks With Tea and Water

 Eating clean isn’t just about making better food decisions but also about being careful of what you drink. Most people don’t realize it, but the wrong beverages can add hundreds of calories and many grams of sugar to your daily intake, derailing you from your health goals.

 For example, a simple can of soda might not seem like much, but it contains up to 150 calories and up to 38 grams of sugar. The same goes for fruit juices, sports and energy drinks, cocktails, etc.

 So, it’s best to limit your intake of most beverages and replace that with tea (such as green or black tea) and good old water.

  1. Add a Serving of Fruits or Veggies With Each Meal

 According to most health guidelines, adults should consume around two cups of fruits and up to three cups of veggies daily. Doing so is vital for providing your body with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber for optimal health, well-being, and longevity.

 While reaching that goal each day can be challenging, including some fruits or veggies with each meal is a fantastic way to get there. Plus, eating fruits and veggies more frequently is a great way to feel fuller between meals, control your calorie intake, and remain at a healthy weight. 

Here are a few practical ideas:

  • Breakfast: oatmeal + one cup of apple slices
  • Lunch: fatty fish with potatoes + a large salad
  • Afternoon: P-Nuff crunch snack + an orange
  • Dinner: chicken with rice + a large salad