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You might notice that we haven't talked about dairy, caffeine, and alcohol. Well, this is where you can set your own rule based on your goals.
When eating clean, dairy is not off the table completely, but many people try to avoid it since dairy products can often cause bloating and digestive issues. Plus, cheese tends to be high in unhealthy saturated fats. But if yogurt keeps you feeling good include it in your meals.
For many people, a daily cup of coffee is a must and high-quality coffee, black tea, and green tea are all considered clean so you don't have to steer clear of your morning pick-me-up. But it's important to keep caffeinated beverages to a minimum. Too much coffee can mess with your energy and anxiety levels and undo all the hard work you're putting in with your healthy food choices. If you must, sub in your second cup of joe for green tea to help you stay on course.
Full of empty calories as well as sugar, alcohol should be avoided when eating clean. Keep the beer, wine, and liquor out of your daily diet and opt for an all-natural mocktail when the mood strikes.