Clean eating is a pretty broad term and everyone looks at it a bit differently. So today we want to discuss what clean eating means to us here at That Clean Life.
Let’s start with what eating clean is NOT:
- Eating clean is not a fad diet, cleanse or a detox.
- It’s not about what you can or cannot eat.
- It’s not about counting calories, eliminating carbs or eating cabbage soup all day.
- It’s not about starving, depriving, or restricting.
Let’s start at the top of what eating clean is and drill down.
The concept: Eating clean is about being mindful of the origin of your food and ensuring that it is as close to its natural state as possible. It is about consuming tons of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, fish, seafood and clean meats in ways that are absolutely delicious.
When we fuel our body with whole, unprocessed foods we provide it with the nutrients it needs to function at it’s best. In turn, we look and feel better. We sleep better, our skin is better, we have more energy and we stop bloating. Our mental health improves and we give our bodies a better chance to avoid chronic disease.
Eating clean is a lifestyle. It’s about making healthy decisions each and everyday to change your habits over time. It’s about showing your body love and respect.
That Clean Life is about avoiding processed food. The trouble with processed foods is that they are usually striped of their nutrients and pumped full of additives that our body has no idea what to do with. Processed food also contain things like sugar, that activate that pleasure sensor in the brain and leave us wanting more, more, more. This is why we often end up on a merry-go-round of constant junk food cravings. These food companies know exactly how to keep us hooked so they can keep making more money.
With this being said, ultimately eating clean is about creating a growing movement.
Each time you go to the grocery store and stock up on fruits and vegetables instead of Doritos and Coca-Cola, you support our healthy food system instead of the processed food system. Each healthy purchase we make is a vote for healthier food and healthier policies (and a vote against processed food).
Can you imagine if we continued to do this overtime while encouraging others to do the same? The processed food giants wouldn’t be able to survive. We’d be left with a food system composed of whole food and a world full of healthier, happier people. This is the bigger picture.
Eat clean. Feel awesome. And help create a healthier world in the process.
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