Have you heard the phrase “clean eating”? Do you know what clean eating means, or does it feel like the latest buzz word?
Back in the early 90’s when I had candida, I started my clean eating journey even though that phrase wasn’t even popular back then. Doctors were not able to identify why I was feeling so terrible and so I did a lot of reading. I decided to eliminate a lot of foods that could be triggering my symptoms. My results were AMAZING. I felt so much better when I eliminated wheat, sugar, and dairy.
Eating clean isn’t a diet and it’s not even a new way of eating. It’s all about eating whole foods and eliminating junk and processed foods.
Clean eating embraces fresh veggies and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. This is a way of eating and it’s not really a diet. Many people do lose weight, increase their energy, and see tummy troubles lessen or disappear when they switch to eating this way.
Our society has created a nation of people that are overweight, and have a long list of health challenges. The typical American diet is filled with processed foods, fried foods, and high salt and sugar in all sorts of foods.
According to Fitness.gov (Source: http://www.fitness.gov/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/), the typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat.
Wikipedia defines “lifestyle diseases” as “diseases linked with the way people live their life.” The top lifestyle diseases include heart disease, stroke, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes And did you know that by making changes in what we eat and and how much we move our bodies can have a significant affect on our health?
Here are some statistics from a report by Kansas State University:
The World Health Organization states that at least 80 percent of all heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, and up to 40 percent of cancer could be prevented if people ate better, engaged in more physical activity and quit using tobacco. 80%!
So if you could reduce your chances of facing those serious health problems, doesn’t it just make sense to explore eating better? (And I share many tips on my blog about how to save time and still eat healthy.)
Clean eating started gaining popularity back in the mid-1990’s. Consumers were starting to pay attention to how foods were processed and grown. Health food stores were becoming more mainstream.
So when you think about clean eating, think about eating foods with less than five ingredients. So instead of eating a banana nut muffin, eat a banana and nuts instead. It means using foods that have only all natural ingredients.
Whole natural foods provide the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for the body to function at its best. Nutrients are the foundation for everything our body does. How well it functions is all connected by the fuel it’s getting (or not getting).
So what can you eat and what should you eliminated if you want to eat clean? Here’s a summary:
If you are struggling with any health condition, my philosophy is that to get well again, it starts with food. If you are facing a serious health challenge and following your doctor’s instructions, improving what you eat can help your body in so many ways.
So let’s take a look at the numerous benefits of clean eating.
If you’re new to the concept of clean eating, start by simply becoming aware of what you are eating. If you use canned or frozen foods, read the labels. How much sugar and sodium is in that food. How many ingredients are there? Can you pronounce all of the ingredients?
Then choose to add one healthy food to your meal. Maybe that’s a salad. Maybe it’s a small handful of raw almonds or sunflower seeds. Start by incorporating more of the good stuff and check back for more details on how to revamp your eating without needing to spend 2 hours in the kitchen!