There are many health “buzz” words that are being thrown about. There have been many of these circulating throughout the years. One that I am hearing a lot, of late, and find myself using, often is “Clean Eating”. But what exactly is clean eating?? A lot of people think they eat “healthy” but when we actually go through what they are eating we often find some unpleasant surprises. It may be challenging at times to find foods in as ‘whole’ and natural a form as possible but it is possible. And it is completely worth the effort!!
What is ‘clean eating’?
Clean eating means you only eat foods that
“Natural” is a word that many food companies freely use on their labels even when the “foods” are far from being natural. When I use the word ‘Natural’ I mean the food is as close to the way it grew out of the ground or came from the animal as possible.
“Clean” means that the food is free from hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, herbicides, fungicides, additives, preservatives, genetically-modified organisms - basically anything that changes the food and how it would react in our bodies. Pesticides, hormones, chemicals are toxic to our bodies and create a host of problems and illnesses from hormonal imbalances to metabolic syndrome and various types of cancers. All the more reason for you to avoid them!
Foods that are natural and clean, fulfilling the above prerequisites, are truly healthy. Truly nourishing and healing for your body. Eating these foods will increase your energy levels, help you manage your stress better (because your hormones will be in balance) and encourage your body to release excess weight. A healthy body manifests other effects like better immunity and a more radiant appearance!
Clean Eating Food List
Lots and lots of organic fruits and vegetables
Local-grown fruits and vegetables, whenever possible
Grass-fed, pasture-raised beef, dairy and free-range poultry
Whole, unrefined grains
Gluten-free, unrefined grains
Drink ½ your body weight, in ounces, of water every day
Plant-based meals - where 50-75% of your meals are vegetables and unrefined grains and 25% is animal protein
Do not eat refined, processed carbohydrates, ‘fruit’ or ‘fruit and vegetable’ drinks, energy drinks, ‘diet’ drinks, sodas
Watch your sugar intake (1 tsp = 4 grams)
Eat healthy fats in the form of unsalted nuts, seeds, coconut, avocados and cold water fatty fish
Cook with coconut oil
Use extra virgin olive oil for salads, dressings/sauces - Do NOT cook with this oil
Use cooking methods like steaming, baking, grilling, broiling and light sauteeing
This is one ‘diet’ that works! It works because it isn’t about calorie restriction, starving yourself and depriving yourself but about learning what’s in your food, knowing where it comes from and keeping it as close to how mother nature made it as possible. Eliminate the chemicals and heavily processed ‘foods’ and you will eliminate your health problems. For those who are fortunate enough to not have health issues, this type of eating will improve your quality of life and keep you healthy, youthful and vibrant longer! Learn what works best in your body! Can you think of a better way to enjoy your life??
1 cup Greek Yogurt
½ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp spanish paprika
1 tsp himalayan sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1-1 ½ lbs organic chicken breasts
=> Mix the greek yogurt, parmesan cheese and spices together. Coat the organic chicken breasts in the mixture. Place on a baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy!!
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