I just looovveee this cartoon strip! Does this resonate with you as much as it does to me?
So, what exactly is clean eating?
It’s many things to different people, but the basic principle is to consume food as close to the earth as possible. Some of the clean eating guidelines include eating fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, preparing foods in a healthy way, eating smaller meals more frequently, consuming healthy snacks and avoiding processed foods.
When I read the comic strip Between Friends over the weekend, it put a smile on my face and made me laugh. I’m thinking about how many times I’ve laughed with friends and clients as we discussed how cheesecake and wine are part of a healthy ‘clean eating’ lifestyle. Why not? Wine is made from fruit and isn’t that full of anti-oxidants? Cheesecake has dairy, carbs, some fat and fruit (filling!) too! Ok, now I’m salivating just thinking about that piece of cheesecake! I used to diet, and here’s Why I Don’t Do Diets anymore!
To me, keeping this train of thought will encourage you to stay motivated and realistic. Aim to choose healthy foods 80% of the time and 20% is for the flexibility to indulge in that sweet/salty tooth you have so that you don’t feel like you’re dieting. When you start to make the majority of your food choices healthier ones, your body will begin to crave those foods less and you may find that your cravings for ‘yummies’ begin to diminish. Not gone, because that’s not the aim, but more in control.
Years ago I adopted to a clean eating lifestyle. Not 100%, because there are certain foods that I like that are processed, have sugar, are yummy and are indulgent. I like bread, but now I choose brands that are made with healthier, whole grain ingredients. And while it’s no secret that I’d rather have dessert as my main meal over any of the healthy dishes that I make and post, I know that it’s not healthy in the long run so I only indulge in desserts now and then!
By adopting the 80/20 rule, you can give yourself the freedom and flexibility so that you don’t feel like you are dieting, and this way it can become part of your healthy lifestyle.
I call it being mindful. Use guidelines that fit with your lifestyle and make it work for you. Whatever plan you choose to follow, keep in mind that it should work and be modified according to your own needs.
I’d love to hear from you:)
What does clean eating mean to you and what do you follow?