America loves dieting. So then why are we getting heavier every day again?
For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while, you often hear the term “clean eating” in pretty much all of my recipes. It sounds pretty simple… eating that is clean? But what exactly is considered clean? It seems as though many people aren’t too familiar with what clean eating consists of. But I’ll start by telling you exactly what it is not:
What Clean Eating IS NOT
Clean eating is not a diet. I associate diet with two different meanings: a good and a bad. The bad: I’m referring to short term gimmicks that cause you to lose weight fast in which you will quickly gain back again. The good: I’m referring to how your nutrition intake looks like.
In this case, I am talking about the quick, short term diets that a massive amount of people generally fall for. This isn’t something you adopt for a few months, lose weight and forget about it as you gain it all back again.
What Clean Eating Is
1. Lifestyle Choice
Clean eating is a lifestyle. It’s a conceptual choice that people have decided to make to give their bodies the best nutritional value that it deserves. It’s the healthiest way to live your life.
2. Elimination of Junk
Someone who chooses to eat clean eliminates junk food out of their system completely. This means that there are no processed carbs, refined foods, extra additives and chemicals. Everything you eat is whole and unrefined.
3. Less ingredients
Eating clean involves using less ingredients in every meal. If you can tell from my recipes, every dish typically has less than 5 key ingredients. Also, speaking on individual products, when you purchase an item, be sure that it has no more than 5 ingredients.
*Tip: If you can’t pronounce it, never put it in your body. Chemicals and additives are harmful to your health and is used by a lot of food companies to make you crave more of what they have to offer. Help yourself by not allowing those chemicals to enter your system.
These include but are not limited to:
-artificial sweeteners ( sucralose, splenda, aspartame)
-hidden forms of sugars ( dextrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, maltose, sorbitol, dextran, fruit juice concentrate, maltodextrin, sorghum, syrups) trust me, the list could go on. It’s disgusting once you learn about it.
-msg aka monosodium glutamate- flavor in your food = damage in your body
-a whole bunch of other ingredients that I can’t pronounce or have the patience to type out the word ( yeup, it’s that bad )
4. Whole Foods
Stick with food in it’s most natural form possible. These foods are unrefined, unprocessed, untouched by machinery and factories, and basically as close to nature as it can get.
For instance, you thought orange juice was healthy? Well orange juice isn’t even orange juice. It’s a fruit concentrated drink with massive amounts of sugar, chemicals and flavorings. Orange juice in clean eating terms would be blending 5 oranges in a blender, adding some water, and drinking it whole like. When you’re eating whole foods from it’s most natural form, you get the full benefits of all the nutritional density that it has to offer. ( Fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.)
5. No Saturated and Trans Fat
Eating clean consists of eating healthy fats that are necessary for your body to function and will also help aid you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and image. Healthy fats are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.
This is the key reason why I love this kind of lifestyle. It’s all about moderation and having balance in the foods you eat. It’s okay if you feel like it, to off board with the guidelines by treating yourself to “cheats” every once in a while. It’s about rewarding your body and giving it the best kind of treatment that it deserves.
– decreased body fat
– healthy skin
– increased energy
– improvement in overall health
– optimal benefits to the body because there is no intake chemicals and additives
– easy to maintain
– increase mental focus
– learning the art mindfulness
-YOU WILL NEVER CRAVE BAD JUNK FOODS AGAIN. Ever since I started eating clean, I have yet to eat a bag of chips or a handful of oreos. Sometimes you’ll just want to eat it for fun but it wouldn’t even taste good anymore.
Clean eating is the most simplest “diet” approach to a providing your body the nutritional benefits that it needs. It’s all about sensible, nutritional eating that will you allow you to appreciate your body while looking slim and fit at the same time. I have found it to be true that no matter what your fitness goal may be, you cannot get there without eating clean. It’s not just what you eat but how you eat it. It’s also not just a diet but a lifestyle. The guidelines to clean eating looks like this:
Clean Eating Guidelines:
1. Consume 5-7 small meals daily to keep metabolism running
2. Every meal should be paired with complex carbs, protein, healthy fats. You can read more about how that works here.
3. Eat every 2-3 hours, because you are eating smaller meals throughout the day, you will feel less hungry and
this will decrease the urge to overeat
4. Control portions
5. Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables. Include a hefty amount of vegetables in every meal
6. Fewer ingredients
7. Drink plenty of water
Read more about what kinds of clean eating foods to eat here.
I hope you can take away a few key points about what clean eating is and why I think everyone should start. It’s easy to stay committed to something that makes you feels so good about yourself mentally and physically. Because you’re not stuffing your body with bad junk, you’ll find that you will feel great about yourself all around. The best thing I liked about clean eating was that I started cooking a lot more than I used to. It helped me get creative in the kitchen with healthy meals that were still tasty at the same time.
I hope this answers your questions about my eating routine as well. I enjoy this approach. I live and breath it because it what it has done for me is more than just what people would call a diet. It’s not a diet, It’s a way of living and I would never go back to junk eating and late night pizza buffulo slices for a day.
Other clean eating bloggers to follow:
Clean Eating Chelsey: where clean eating is but a common place
He and She Eat Clean: Tim & Tiffany, Scott & Whitney, two couples blog about their clean eating journey
The Gracious Pantry: she has delicious, creative , clean eating recipes to enjoy
Fit Foodie Healthy Life– where fitness and delicious food meets
Eat Clean Diet– a must read blog for anyone looking into clean eating
A few of many of my clean eating recipes: