What Is Clean Eating?

Recently, there has been increasing awareness about “clean eating”.  What does clean eating mean exactly?  First of all, it involves being mindful of your food’s pathway between its origin and your plate.  Fortunately, many restaurants are now sourcing their products locally whenever possible.  Secondly, it’s about eating whole foods un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.  Minimally processed foods can be beneficial, because they have had bacteria and toxins removed, an example of this is pasteurized milk.    Clean eating is sometimes referred to eating whole foods.  Additionally, choosing organic foods when possible can help reassure that foods do not have pesticides, and have been minimally processed.

What are the benefits to clean eating?  Clean eating involves eating a large amount of fruits and vegetables.  Consumption of fruits and vegetables can help prevent chronic health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, and Type 2 diabetes, as well as improve chronic illness.  Furthermore, it can help with weight management and improve skin and hair health.

How do you eat clean?  Most importantly, when following a clean diet, you should try choosing foods that are unprocessed.  Great examples of these are fresh fruits and vegetables, dried legumes, nuts, farm fresh eggs.  Minimally processed foods include:  unrefined grains (pasta, popcorn, whole wheat bread, steel cut oatmeal, quinoa and brown, rice), unprocessed meat (choose wild over pastured and pastured over grain fed), hormone free dairy, oils.   Make sure to read the Nutrition Facts Label and ingredient list when purchasing minimally processed foods.  Here is a helpful link to explain the Nutrition Facts Label http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm.

Furthermore, there has been a recent diet that has gained attention; that incorporates some clean eating principles called the Paleo diet.  Paleo diet consists of only eating foods that our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic era.  The difference in the Paleo diet with clean eating is that is restricts all grains, legumes, and dairy products.  Therefore, the diet is gluten and dairy free.   A huge benefit to the Paleo diet is it involves a community.  There are several Paleo websites, blogs, and newsletters that offer support to follow this lifestyle.  Ultimately, being successful in taking on a new lifestyle change requires not only your own will power; but also the support of the people around you.

Finally, there are many benefits to adopting a clean eating lifestyle change.  Consuming foods in their purest form is always most beneficial.   This way of life can improve your health and give you more energy.  Lastly, don’t forget that clean eating accompanied with regular physical activity is when individuals will gain the most value.  Transitioning to clean eating can be challenging with our busy schedules.     Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine TM offers fresh, organic, Paleo meals to help you with your new healthy lifestyle change.

 

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