All About Eating Clean

Clean Eating: 

What you need to know about your diet.

How small changes can benefit your health

     I really enjoy food, always have. I certainly didn't qualify as a "picky eater" growing up. I love to cook and make new discoveries with different combinations of flavors. But it wasn't until I realized how it directly affects my body that I wanted to learn more about what certain foods could do for me and how I can use them to improve my health.

       I should begin by explaining that I don't have a set diet with strict rules for which foods I can and can't eat. I've chosen to remove certain things from my diet because I was able to identify them as the cause of my health and skin problems. I don't follow the paleo diet exactly, although I do choose to avoid eating things like bread (which caused my dry skin and hair), dairy (which caused daily breakouts and affected my digestion) and processed foods- like white flour and sugar (the main culprit of my weight gain). I certainly enjoy meat too much to be a vegetarian but I have meals every week that don't include meat. I'm not trying to endorse any specific "fad" diet. I want to show you that eating organic and nutrient rich foods will always be the right choice for you. 

     The best part about rethinking my entire diet is that I've learned to truly appreciate healthy food. I've discovered many new foods that I love to eat: the refreshing taste of a crisp and juicy bell pepper, a freshly cracked walnut with its almost buttery texture, and a perfectly marinated and grilled turkey breast with all its herb-y and lemon-y goodness.

     Read The Labels

     Clean eating is about being mindful of the whole process of eating. You should consider everything from where your food comes from to how you prepare it. For example, eat organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables, avoid meats that have antibiotics and don't use cooking oils that are processed. You should prepare your natural food in a way that closest represents it's natural state. Don't over-cook your vegetables, and don't use unhealthy ways to add flavor, like adding anything artificial... like ranch dressing.

     The easiest way to identify foods that are good for you is by looking at the labels of your food. If it contains one or two ingredients, there's a good chance it's natural! But anything that has an ingredient list that is very long and includes words that you're not sure how to pronounce, you're better off throwing away.

     By removing the foods in your diet that have chemicals and are non-natural and processed, you can begin to detoxify your body from the inside and see real results on the outside.