We have all seen this written but what does it really mean and should we be following the latest diet trend or food fad that is bound to change again in another 6 months? There is so much false information masquerading under pseudo-science and it is confusing unless you have an expert eye for such things. So what should we follow for our ongoing good health and the health of our families?
It is about going back to basics and realising that nature always got it right and when we start to eat again in a natural, unprocessed way, we do not ever have to worry about the fads and crazy diets ever again. Clean eating is simply paying attention to eating the majority of our diet from unprocessed natural foods.
What does this look like? Fresh vegetables and fruits is a great place to start – full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and plant based phyto nutrients that will allow our bodies to sing. As soon as we increase these foods in our diet, our digestion is better, our energy lifts, our skin glows, our hair is more lustrous and we have more vitality.
Now adding some raw nuts and seeds will help to reduce our risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes – the research shows us this. A small handful of nuts three times a week gives us these benefits, how simple is that?
Eating eggs is a great way to feed your brain with the particular fats your memory and intelligence need, enjoy them as often as you like, the recent research shows eating eggs will not increase your cholesterol.
Using wholegrains instead of processed and refined white stuff will bring far more nutrition to your body and just as importantly will prevent the sugar rush in your blood that occurs when you eat refined, processed grains like pasta, white rice, white bread, biscuits, crackers etc. That way lies diabetes so take care with those foods and reduce the frequency of them in your diet.
I always remember my dear old Nan telling me not to eat white bread. She would say “the whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead!” how wise that was all those years ago.
Fresh meat, fish and seafood will bring protein, energy and good fats to the body. Aim to buy the best quality you can afford, it does make a difference. In Australia we generally produce a high quality of meat especially lamb, beef and kangaroo.
So the message is simple, if it has a bar code, it is not food and we shouldn’t be eating it, at least not often. Fill your plate with whole, fresh foods and you will have buckets of energy, shining eyes and vitality, and your body will burn fat rather than store it.
So, if you are feeling sluggish in your digestion, weight or your energy, move away from the stimulants like coffee, caffeine and sugar and slowly bring more fresh food into your diet. Drink plenty of water, most of us are dehydrated and this can add to our fatigue, headaches, poor skin quality. Aim to drink at least 2L every day and more when exercising or sweating excessively.
Action these top 10 food swaps to help you switch to a cleaner way of eating and thriving:
- Filtered water in place of sweetened juices, soft drinks, carbonated drinks, and flavoured milk
- Grilled not deep fried
- Veggie juice not fruit juice
- Wholemeal, wholegrain rather than white bread
- Sweet potato in place of white potato
- Olive oil dressing rather than mayo
- Fresh veg in place of frozen or tinned
- Butter in place of margarine or softened butters
- Use olive oil in place of cheap processed vegetable oils (sunflower, Crisco, canola, rice bran, grapeseed, cottonseed)
- Whole fruit not roll ups!
So start out by making one small change per day and you will be on your way to a happier, healthier you. Which dietary choice are you going to swap out today?