What is Clean Eating?
- by loraelton
- 5 July, 2013
Every day we get requests from people who want to ‘sort their diet out’ and want to start eating healthy. How many times have you promised yourself you are going to start eating healthy and have all the best intentions yet fail to actually change anything for more than a day? It gets to the end of another week and you realise you are back where you started.
For most people the hard part is separating fact from fiction and being under the impression that to eat healthily means low carb, low-fat and not eating a whole lot of anything other than fruit and veg. There is a lot of information out there and a ridiculous amount of diets, a lot of them are also selling some type of supplement or meal replacement or have a branded line of food that you are encouraged to buy! We believe eating healthy is a lifestyle and not a quick fix diet, in general we would say to stayaway from anything that means you need to buy any particular product to help achieve the diet… healthy eating does not come in the form of a shake or tablet. Vitamins and supplements are just that, supplements, not replacements.
Clean Eating is a term thrown around a lot but it really is actually very simple and very achievable if you actually want to make a change and eat healthily. Clean Eating basically means eating clean foods, this means avoiding processed foods which contain artificial flavourings, artificial sweeteners and any other junk.
What can I eat?
The simplest way to do this is read the ingredients.. if it has less than 3 ingredients it’s normally ok, if it has anything in you can’t pronounce or don’t know what it is don’t eat it!
To make it easy for you, below is a list of foods to avoid. Obviously everything is in moderation and this doesn’t mean you can NEVER eat another chocolate bar or pizza but try to eat of this list only a couple of times a week 🙂
- Processed Meat
- Fizzy Drinks
- Sweets, chocolate, crisps and other junk food
- Processed/refined foods cereal, white bread, pasta
- Foods labelled with ‘reduced fat’ or ‘low sugar’
Foods to eat.. in abundance
- Anything you can eat in its natural form…
- beans and pulses
- good quality meat
- complex carbs…. brown rice, coconut flour, almond flour
As you can see you can eat a huge amount of food and can also make your own versions of treats. For example I enjoy baking cakes, flap jacks and pancakes, I just substitute for healthy alternatives which means I get to eat more 🙂
How much can I eat?
Now you know what to eat it’s important to know how much and how often.. the simple answer.. when you are hungry. Eat little and often to balance blood sugar and maintain energy levels. NEVER skip meals as a way to lose weight and the most important meal of the day is breakfast as you are breaking the fast from over night and you need to kick-start your digestion and your metabolism.
Try to aim for 4-6 meals a day and don’t be scared of fats or carbs. Try not to count calories,just eat a whole balanced diet from all food groups and that really is all there is to it. In fact most of the time people on ‘diets’ aren’t eating enough calories and the body will just shut down and hold on to the fat even more as it won’t know when its next meal is coming from! This also means you are more likely to suffer cravings as blood sugar levels fall and you then pig out on a pizza and then feel guilty and miss your next meal to make up for it, sound familiar?
Obviously if you have a specific goal in mind then a more specific food plan will be required..please feel free to contact us for a Nutritional Consultation and Diet Plan.