What is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is a term you have been hearing a lot lately, however, you may not know exactly what it means. Clean eating is a type of eating style that is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods. These foods are un- or minimally processed and they are not refined, making them as close to their natural form as possible. Clean eating is not so much about the calories you eat or the types of nutrition a food has, it is more about the condition of the food.
Examples of a Clean Diet
Fresh fruits and vegetables, either mildly cooked or raw, frozen fruits and vegetables, Dried legumes, Hormone-free dairy, Nuts, oils, Unprocessed meat; wild over pastured, pastured over grain-fed, Farm-fresh eggs and Unrefined grains, such as whole wheat bread and pastas, popcorn, quinoa, brown rice and steel-cut oatmeal . Choose foods with very few ingredients on the label, if it has a label. In addition, when you are shopping, chose the foods on that are on the perimeter of the grocery store.
What is processed food?
Processed food can be explained as anything that has been manufactured or altered. Most of the ready to eat meals and foods you see in the store, have been processed in some way. Highly processed foods that have genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been linked to infertility and cancers. Also highly processed foods are removed of nutrients needed for your basic health; in addition, these heavily modified food tends to have additional additives that stimulate the production of dopamine, which makes you crave the foods even more.
What to avoid
Foods with a lot of ingredients
Foods with added colors and flavors
Foods with pesticides
Preparing your food
Cooking your food does alter the condition of your food but you can do this very minimally. The goal is to keep as many nutrients in the food as you can. Using waterless, greaseless cookware helps in maintaining the closest form to keep all the nutrients.
Clean eating is great way to keep healthy and keep weight off if you monitor how much you eat. If you would like to learn more about clean eating please contact us!