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Grocery List when Eating Clean

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 5/18/2010

Clean eating isn't about following any kind of diet -- it's about changing your diet for good. If you want to start eating clean, learn what you need to do to create a eating clean grocery list.

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    What is Clean Eating?

    Even though it sounds relatively simple, eating clean doesn't mean washing your fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Instead, eating clean means avoiding any unnecessary chemicals or additives. Many packaged foods contain ingredients that may be harmful to the human body, which is why these ingredients should be avoided. Clean eating emphasizes whole foods, natural foods, and foods that do not contain any additional ingredients.

    Clean eating may be difficult to adjust to at first, but most people feel significantly better after following a clean eating diet. Whether or not you decide to cut packaged foods from your diet entirely is up to you, though a true eating clean grocery list doesn't include any packaged products.

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    What to Put On A Clean Eating Grocery List

    Shopping for clean foods is easy to do once you get the hang of it. Essentially, the idea behind clean eating is to shop the outer edge of your local grocery store. By avoiding grocery store aisles and sticking to the fruit, vegetable, fish, dairy, and meat sections, you are less likely to purchase any foods that have numerous additives. If you still want to purchase some packaged foods, look for foods that do not have a long ingredient list.

    Packaged food should not contain an ingredient list that consists of hundreds of chemicals. Foods that only have one or two ingredients are a lot cleaner than foods that have many ingredients. The only way to make an eating clean grocery list is to be aware of a product's ingredients. Thus, you may have to spend a bit of extra time looking at every ingredient list before buying any kind of packaged food.

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    Where to Find Clean Foods

    While your local grocery store many have various fruit and vegetable options, the best way to eat clean is to find a farmer's market in your area. By avoiding the grocery store atmosphere altogether, you should be able to put together an entirely clean grocery list. Farmer's markets don't usually carry packaged foods, so stocking up on healthy clean foods at a farmer's market is easy to do.

    If you feel compelled to buy any kind of packaged food, make sure to skip foods that have artificial sweeteners. Sugar is considered clean food, while chemical sweeteners are not deemed clean. Making an eating clean grocery list isn't difficult once you get used to purchasing only clean and natural foods.

    Keep in mind that there isn't any one clean eating grocery list. Any food that is entirely natural is considered a clean food, so you can really make up your own list as you go along. Those who have switched from a diet full of packaged food to a diet filled with natural foods have seen significant health changes, and these changes are easy to make once you get the hang of a clean food lifestyle.

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