The 10 Rules of Clean Eating

10 Rules of Eating Clean

By the editors at

This Saturday, September 12th, will take over New York City for Eat Clean Awareness Day to encourage New Yorkers to adopt clean eating habits and consume healthier, whole foods for their health…AND their waistlines. teams will inform New Yorkers know about the abundance of healthy food options available in the city and show them how simple it can be to eat cleaner, more wholesome foods, even in a busy city where processed items and takeout still dominate. We’ll be sampling and holding cooking demonstrations in high- traffic areas Union Square, Flatiron, Chelsea Market, and the Upper West Side. is the #1 resource for finding expert-backed information on food packaging, sustainable ingredients, GMOs, and how good (or bad) some food choices taste.

Even if you’re not in NYC, you can participate in our Eat Clean Awareness Day! Simply try a clean eating recipe from our site and share our 10 rules for clean eating every day:

1. Eat real. Real food is clean food. If you can imagine it growing out of the ground or being raised on a farm, it’s real—and real good.

2. Choose just one. If a food has only one ingredient—think milk, broccoli, dry quinoa, raw chicken, beans—it’s clean.

3. Eat naked. Foods that don’t come in packages (such as fresh fruits and vegetables; meat and fish you can get from the butcher or seafood counter; and grains, nuts, and spices you can buy in bulk) are clean.

4. Go organic. When you opt for organic, you get the cleanest kind of food, grown or raised without pesticides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, steroids, and/or chemical-laden feed.

5. Eat what you can pronounce. If you can read all the ingredients in a food out loud without thinking Huh?…then it’s probably clean.

6. Prioritize plants. Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber—and nearly devoid of the calories, sugar, and toxins known to cause weight gain and health issues. Only problem? Most of us don’t eat enoughof them.

7. Give up the white stuff. If you really want to eat clean, avoid sugar in its various forms and disguises. If you want to sweeten, opt for unprocessed types like raw honey or pure maple syrup, both of which go straight from hive or tree, respectively, to your mouth.

8. Cook. Most meals from restaurants, takeout joints, and supermarkets are high in sugar and made with processed ingredients. When you cook, you choose exactly what does (or doesn’t) go into your body.

9. Focus on what matters. Paleo, raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free? As long as you’re eating real food, choose the diet that works best for you.

10. Enjoy. Clean eating is about enjoying delicious, real food—each and every bite. If it doesn’t taste good, don’t eat it.


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