I’m so excited for this journey we are embarking ourselves into. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to post about first, and decided to cover what I think to be most important topic: why should I eat clean?
What is this new “clean eating” diet and who says it is healthy anyway? Let’s begin by clarifying that clean eating is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that we are often misled to believe we are following because of the excess of foods marketed as healthy and organic, and by the media’s conflicting dietary advice. Clean eating is not about loosing weight. Of course weight loss is a benefit that comes along, but the main reason why you would want to do this, is to be part of a lifestyle that supplies the human body with natural, healthy and nutrient-dense food.
Many prepackaged foods contain a list of ingredients that allow the product to stay "fresh" longer. However, most foods are not designed to last long periods of time. In a world where food is full of pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and carcinogens it is very important that you read every ingredient in the label of your product. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If you don’t recognize it, your body won’t either. The easiest way to do this is to educate yourself about nutrition, so that you are not misled by products that advertise themselves to be “sugar-free”, ”fat free” or to have “zero calories”. They might be “sugar-free” but still be full of tons of other chemicals and toxic ingredients that are worse than sugar.
I will cover every single topic in more detail, but in the meanwhile here is a guide with the basic things you should keep in mind when trying to eat clean.
Clean Eating for beginners:
1) Skip the added sugars. “White sugar, brown sugar, honey—all sugar pumps calories into your diet and spikes your blood sugar". Stay away as much as possible from foods that list sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or dextrose on the ingredients label.
2) Opt for whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods in a form that’s as close as possible to how the foods appear in nature. a
3) Eliminate saturated fat and trans fats. These can clog your arteries and promote inflammation. Eliminate trans fats by sidestepping fried foods and anything made with hydrogenated vegetable oils (check labels). And limit saturated fats to less than 7% o
4) f your total daily calories by wiping out high-fat marbled meats and choosing skim or 1% dairy products instead of full-fat ones. Instead choose healthy, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
5) Avoid empty calories. These are found in fast food, soda, snacks, cakes and cookies. Learn to eat for maximum nutrient density.
6) Pay attention to proper portions and practice portion control
7) Drink lots of water (at least 8 cups a day.)
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1) "The Eat-Clean Diet for Families and Kids"; Reno, Tosca; 2008.
2) “How to eat clean” by Carin Gorrell. Self Magazine
3) “Clean”; Juger, Alejandro; 2012.