There’s a lot of buzz in the food and health world these days around diet and nutritional terms like “paleo diet,” the “real food” movement, and “clean eating.” With that buzz, also comes a lot of confusion about these terms and what they mean. That last term is the one I’m going to take a closer look at today.
You’ve probably seen the term clean eating all over social media and any progressive health and nutrition blogs, but what exactly does this term mean? And furthermore, how do you do it? It sounds pretty simple enough, clean up your diet, but let’s get into the nitty gritty and find out what is clean eating and how do you achieve it…
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1. What is Clean Eating?
At first glance, clean eating is a pretty simple food philosophy, maybe even deceptively so. The principle is to be more mindful of the foods you choose and eat more whole foods, which are in their natural state. Look for unrefined, unprocessed (or minimally processed) foods and give up the highly processed, chemical-backed products that tend to fill our modern supermarket shelves.
If you really think about it, clean eating is essentially stepping back in time to when processed foods and artificial ingredients didn’t even exist. The only food options available were real, whole foods, the way nature intended them.