Clean Eating: Is It Just Another Diet Trend?
Clean eating is NOT the newest fad diet. Diets don’t work, there’s always an end date, and when you’re on a diet you are depriving yourself of something. With the rise of obesity, heart disease, cancer, allergies, and other diseases, now is the time to take clean eating seriously. One of the most important things you can do for you and your family is to eat foods that are going to nourish your body. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” Well, it’s true, what you eat & digest makes up every cell of your body.
Clean eating isn’t a diet, a fad, or a quick fix, instead it is a lifestyle change of choosing whole, unprocessed foods. Whole, unprocessed foods are foods that haven’t been altered from their original state. Think about the foods you can get if you go shopping at a farm or farmers market. You’re going to find fruits, vegetables, grass fed meats, free range eggs, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Processed foods are foods that are made in a factory with a list of ingredients the size of the entire wrapper.
Check out the ingredients on the bottle of salad dressing in your fridge, many times it contains a list of at least 25 ingredients and you probably don’t know what many of them are. A whole foods salad dressing may include oil, honey, mustard, salt, and water. Those ingredients are easy to pronounce and you know exactly what they are.
5 Tips for Clean Eating Shopping Success
- Farm/Farmer’s Market – Shopping a local farm or farmer’s market has many benefits. You know who grew the food, where it came from, and many times you can find organic as well. Also, when you shop local you are making a difference in the environment and decreasing your carbon footprint.
- Shop the Perimeter – If you’re unable to find a farm or market in your area you want to shop the perimeter of your local grocery store. Usually, the perimeter of a grocery store contains most of the unprocessed, whole foods: fruits, vegetables, meats, and eggs.
- Read the Labels – Start reading labels on everything you purchase. Educate yourself in order to make informed decisions. When you’re reading labels, you want as few ingredients as possible and you also want to be able to pronounce them and know where they come from. Foods that don’t have a label are the best choice.
- Make a List – Make a list of what you need so you are prepared and not overwhelmed once you get to the store. Each shopping trip you can check out a new item you may want to try in place of an unhealthy version.
- Don’t Go Overboard – Don’t try to change everything all at once. Keep your shopping simple. If you skip over the produce section make a goal to purchase at least 2 items from there and of course, eat them, too. If you purchase eggs, switch to local or organic eggs. If you start slow and only change a few things at a time, you will be more likely to stick with the changes and continue to move forward.
I believe that living a healthy, whole foods, lifestyle is the most important thing you can do for you and your family. Make your health a priority!
Love & Health,