Lets Talk About Clean Eating
Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Clean eating is essentially a simple concept. It's about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones.
It also means cutting back on refined grains, additives, preservatives, unhealthy fats and large amounts of added sugar and salt. You don't need to take drastic measures — to start off, look for foods without sugar as an ingredient, or make sure it's listed towards the bottom, which means less of it is used in the food.
Realistically, eating clean doesn't mean you need to eat everything raw and straight from the ground. (I've heard this a lot before) it's more of consuming food in its most natural, unprocessed state.
Heres a little motivation to start eating your fruits and veggies today — Multiple studies have shown that diets heavy on fruits and veggies can curb or prevent certain life threatening conditions and diseases, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even breast cancer. Raw fruits and veggies, specifically, have also been linked to better mental health. Plus, you'll get that glowing skin and hair! I mean, come on.. Do I need to say more?
Over the past few years, I became so obsessed with eating clean and practicing the perfect diet. I couldn’t eat something without wondering what negative effects it could potentially have on my body. The craziness took some time to get over but eventually I realized that what I was doing wasn’t actually healthy and I was unhappy.
I've come to a realization that there’s no sense in restricting yourself so much that you feel deprived and as a result, unhappy. You gotta nourish in order to flourish!
"Food isn't just fuel for your body, but for your mind, too."
I would never tell you to cut doughnuts, bagels, pastas or other soul foods out of your diet. Don't overthink it, it's ok to eat those things sometimes! You’ve heard it a million times before.. Simply keep everything in moderation.
Here is an insightful article from Healthline on simple ways to start your clean eating journey.