When most people think of clean eating they tend to automatically conjure up images of crisp green salads and lean grilled chicken breasts. Whilst those foods are ‘clean’ I believe there is more to the story.
When clients enquire about clean, healthy eating I encourage them to try salads, fruits, lean meats and vegetables. I also recommend a variety of fats and carbohydrates from whole foods. My definition of ‘clean eating ’ is consuming foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. The less processed and fewer chemicals they contain, the cleaner they are to me.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with diet and nutrition is that everyone is different, and what may work for one person may not work for another.
The only way to work out what will work for you is to try certain foods for yourself. Keep a food journal noting important findings such as how you feel and how your body reacts to certain produce.
As a starting point I recommend including food items from all of the macro nutrient groups; protein, carbohydrates and fats. For all of these nutrients I encourage people to look for ‘real’ food, not just processed ‘food like’ products that we have come accustomed to in the western diet. If the ‘food’ has an ingredient list on the wrapper you should probably walk away.
The benefits of clean, healthy eating include better health, weight control along with an added bonus for our environment. Eating food as it was intended, instead of eating heavily processed and packaged foods is better for our planet as well.
Though there are skeptics that the clean eating diet is a ‘fad’ I tend to disagree. Whilst I don’t suggest a strict no processed food approach to nutrition I do suggest incorporating quality foods as the basis for any nutritional plan.