What exactly does Clean Eating mean?
Clean eating is becoming a well-known and popular term. We even see celebrities and dietitians promoting and engaging in the concept. But do people really understand the true meaning behind eating clean or clean eating?
Clean eating is the true mindset of “we are what we eat”. Think of food as a preventative medicine that creates the foundation and structure of our cell function and how we maintain the health of our bodies.
True, eating clean may result in weight loss, but it’s more than that.
Knowing the pathway of food from origin to plate is the only true way to know what we are putting into our bodies. Clean eating focuses on foods that are as close to natural form as possible and haven’t had anything added or taken away. This includes whole, organic and real foods; unprocessed and unrefined.
- Lean proteins; organic, grass-fed, unpasteurized
- Organic and local fruits and veggies
- Whole grains; such as freekeh, black forbidden rice, millet, bulger, kamut, wheat berries, faro, amaranth and teff.
- Ample water consumption
In order to maintain proper energy levels and burn efficient calories, our bodies must consume the proper nutrition daily – also an important factor in weight loss.
If you choose to buy packaged foods and are a clean eater, be sure that you understand the labels. Clean foods will only contain one or two ingredients; none of which will be processed or refined.
Stay away from:
- High trans fats
- High sugar content
- Color additives
- Toxic binders
- Fat replacers
Often consumers will be fooled by replacement products that are supposed to be “healthier” for us. These are advertised as helping us to avoid “harmful” sugars and fats. We should not be avoiding sugars and fats; we should be eating healthy fats and natural sugars in small portions.
Avoid these foes:
- Artificial sweetener
- Canola, soybean and corn oil
- Farmed fish
- Cheap food
Eating clean means being aware of good nutrition and supplying your body with the necessary building blocks when it needs it. Low calorie, low fat and low everything diets can be harmful to your body over time. Eating the way nature intended allows us to fuel our bodies with the necessary nutrition to function best. When our bodies are receiving what it needs, it allows our immune system to work as intended to naturally heal and protect.
Knowing your body and what it needs is most important. Savor and appreciate what you are putting into your body and share this journey with your friends and family.
Tips for staying on track with clean eating:
- Replace packaged foods with homemade meals and snacks
- Pack your own lunches or food for outings so that you are always prepared
- Plan and prepare ahead of time so that in a hurry you do not grab non nutritional foods
- Reduce your carbon footprint; eat produce that is in season and local
- And again…always read labels if you do choose to buy packaged foods