Eating clean is a personal choice and can be super hard depending on where you live and what kind of budget you have. However, the benefits that come from clean eating living far outway the bad. A clean eating diet can lead to better health, lower weight, and feeling better overall.
One of the biggest challenges to clean eating is figuring out how to stay clean when eating at restaurants or fast-food restaurants. Most people think that it’s not even possible to live a clean diet and still go out and have fun. That statement is highly false, and there is no reason why you can’t eat healthy when you are out on the town. Restaurants, especially fast-food restaurants, are harder to find clean food because they are not prone to healthy meal planning unless you go to a restaurant that caters specifically to healthy food. Here at Might Great Fitness, we encourage people to avoid fast-food restaurants as much as possible since the healthy food is almost nonexistent, and it’s harder to say no to the yummy, fattening food they offer. If you are on the go and have to eat out, stop at your local grocery store and see what sandwiches and salads their deli offers.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area that offers healthy food restaurants like Panera Bread, where clean eating is so each, then definitely go there. Here is a list of 10 restaurants that provide clean eating. If you are not so lucky, then make sure to have a clean eating food-approved list on your phone or in your wallet to grab out and see what you can have. Remember, it’s about the good foods you can have and not about what you cant have.
Fast food places make it hard to find clean food as the quicker food is prepared, the more nutrients they lose. However, most places have some protein bowls or salads you can get. Stay away from anything deep-fried or covered in sauce. Taco places are good to go to as they have salads that you can add steak or chicken. Taco Bell has a great protein bowl you can get, but be sure to get it without rice and with black beans not refried.
If you find yourself stuck at a place like Burger King with no other option, go for a burger with no bun, skip the condiments, and add a salad instead of getting fries. It’s best to avoid places like this so you are not tempted to eat something you shouldn’t.
Restaurant eating is more accessible than fast food, but unless you live in California, where there are healthy food options everywhere, you will still struggle to keep the food clean. Look over the menu and opt for a protein like a steak, chicken, or fish. Add a side of steamed vegetables and a baked potato, and you have a great meal. Many restaurants now have a variety of salads full of delicious nutrients. Skip the bread or tortilla chips that come complimentary unless whole grain wheat. Never be afraid to ask your server what is in the food or how it is prepared. You are spending your hard-earned money to eat at these places, so it is okay to ask for a special request that keeps you healthy and clean.
Here is a list you can add to your phone to help you stay clean when shopping and eating out.