2. Buy Local Foods
Possibly the most simple yet difficult aspect of clean eating is to purchase local foods. By buying local you cut out travel and possible packaging or processing. Unfortunately, even though buying local is healthier for you, the environment and helps support local businesses, sometimes it’s a bit more expensive than what you’ll find at grocery store chains. But it’s worth it and doesn’t cost that much more in general—even less if you shop at farmer’s markets with certain foods like fruits and vegetables often cheaper right from a local farm than a grocery store.
Not only is buying local most definitely a clean eating do, buying directly from the local source is what truly cuts out any travel (other than getting to the source) of food to your plate. This ensures you pick up your food before it travels to a packaging plant or to the store for packaging and finally, displayed for purchase. Although it’s good to buy produce that’s marked as from the state or province you live in, it’s unlikely that what you buy is from the city you live in. There’s still a lot of travel and packaging involved, so it’s best to buy directly from the source.