From Instagram hashtags, to the magazine covers at the check stand, one message resonates across all media channels, and that’s “clean eating.” We’re a diet-centric society that grasps onto whichever eating trend promises a slimmer physique, but is there a single solution to the deluge of dieting advice? With all the conflicting information about going gluten free, soy free, or following the glycemic index, today’s safe foods may be tomorrow’s forbidden offering, so how does one know if what they’re eating qualifies as clean?
An article written by Prevention.com describes eating clean as a diet low in processed foods. In other words, taking a minimalistic approach to the way we eat by focusing on whole, nourishing foods, optimizes digestion, and fuels our bodies in a way that boosts vitality. I’m not a fan of labeling foods as good or bad, but when you read the labels on most processed foods, the laundry list of questionable ingredients is staggering. Think of it this way, if you can’t pronounce the name of the twenty character mystery additive, your body won’t be able to translate it either.
Does this mean you have to say goodbye to the occasional ice cream cone, or your favorite potato chips? I subscribe to the school of moderation where along with a treat here, and there, the majority of our diet should consist of nutrient dense vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, organic dairy, and lean protein. Sometimes depriving ourselves of what we love whether it’s a chocolate bar, or a buttery pastry can set us up for going over board when we do finally indulge, so incorporating so called “unclean” foods into a healthy diet is a smart balance.
A whole foods diet doesn’t have to be complicated! Meal planning, and batch cooking is an amazing way to eat healthfully all week long especially if you’re short on time. It’s easy to fall into the T.V dinner or takeout trap, so being prepared is key. Visit your local farmers market, or find what looks delicious at the store, and base your meals around fresh, seasonal ingredients. Get sassy with spice, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so don’t let coming clean keep you from enjoying it.
Richmond, C. (2014, April 16). 23 Ways To Eat Clean. Retrieved August 13, 2017, from http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/23-ways-to-eat-clean