As crazy as this is, I did not hear about eating clean until I was at the Zumba Convention in Orlando last summer. I was with a couple of my new-found friends/instructors/fitness gurus, when I casually mentioned that I was working out a lot (Zumba, walking, etc.) but I wanted to transform my body and take things to the next level – I wanted to get really healthy inside (and a 6 pack of abs on the outside would be nice). My new friend and fitness guru, Naz, mentioned my next step was eating clean.
For some reason, it clicked. Eating clean.
Now, I’m not going to lie and tell you that I started eating clean right away or even that I’m eating clean 100% of the time…
I’m getting there (baby steps), but the conversation opened my eyes to the dangers of the world of processed food (which is so easy and convenient).
I partially blame my lack of eating clean due to the 11 months of winter in the Copper Country – it’s just not as easy or convenient to shop for fantastic, fresh fruit and vegetables. (I know that’s a terrible excuse, but it’s what I’m currently using.)
Rather than pretend to be an expert in eating clean, I am going to quote directly from a website that provides a brief explanation.
“What is eating clean?
There is no fitness goal which you can achieve without first cleaning up your diet. Changing your diet is one of the biggest challenges when faced with improving ones health. A majority of people are used to eating highly processed foods on a regular basis and breaking away from that can be difficult. The good news is, it isn’t impossible and once you make it a habit to eat clean, it becomes a part of your life.
In a nutshell, eating clean is the practice of eating whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. It also means staying away from the junk that typically makes up the Standard American Diet (S.A.D) These types of food include man-made sugar, bad fats (hydrogenated, trans-fat), preservatives, white bread, and any other ingredients that are unnecessary. An easy way to remember if a food is clean is: ‘if man made it, don’t eat it.’
A person that eats clean generally practices the following:
- Eliminates refined sugar
- Cooks healthy meals
- Packs healthy meals
- Makes healthy choices when dining out
- Drinks a lot of water
- Eats 5-6 small meals per day
- Eliminates alcoholic beverages (or significantly limits it)
- Always eats breakfast
Eating clean can be a major transition for a majority of people due to addictions to sugar, white bread, and fast food. It takes discipline in order to make eating clean a habit but it is possible and has so many long-term health benefits.”
Above: This book seems to explain a lot about changing out diets to eating clean. It is also on amazon.com for $0.60 used and up!
Above: That looks fantastic!
I hope today’s post inspires you to think differently about the foods you eat. Whether you choose to eat clean or not is up to you… I’m still taking the rest of those baby steps to get there…maybe you’ll join me?