The idea of ‘eating clean’ is not just another piece of health-babble. It is a common-sense way of eating that is more achievable than you might think.
The concept behind ‘eating clean’ is to reduce the amount of processed food in our diets. With a little planning, we can eat better and tastier food – for less money!
Try these ideas for size.
Love your vegetables – in season. No-one ever became overweight or unhealthy from eating too many vegetables. Choose your veg by flavour and season, as air-freighted vegetables that have spent a long time in cold storage can be tasteless. Supermarkets in the UK select for appearance and longevity over flavour, so look for local produce and if at all possible, grow your own. Do eat your veg though - even symmetrical and polished they are still good for you.
Be food-savvy. Think for a moment. There is no point in ‘organic’ items that have flown thousands of miles. ‘Low-fat’ food often means ‘high sugar’, so it is far better to eat a smaller portion of the real version.
Carbs are not the enemy! Minimally processed complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, wholemeal pasta and even the humble potato are an essential part of your everyday food intake. It is the simple sugary things that need caution.
Cook for yourself. Even the busiest people can do this with planning and organisation. Make your own ‘ready-meals’ by cooking larger quantities and freezing some of it. With a store cupboard containing a few tins, some frozen or fresh veg and some simple herbs and spices, you can quickly build up a repertoire of good tasty food. This way you also know exactly what you are eating.
Do your body a favour and eat clean!
'carbs are not the enemy' - oh, how refreshing. It makes me SO MAD to see all the anti-carb stuff, from those who don't appear to know the difference between a delicious fresh potato and a chocolate cake!
Emma makes a good point - 'organic' is a much-abused term.Food cannot be organic if it has flown thousands of miles!
Most people will have access to a local veg box scheme. They don't have to be organic to be ethical either. Locally grown food is a lot cleaner. And you will be surprised at how little some of the UK vegetables cost when they're in season.
I feel so fortunate to have space to grow my own veg and to be able to freeze some of it. Just waiting for the lettuce to be a little bigger!
I love this post as I'm really keen on clean eating. Sometimes I find it a struggle, and I have to say I'm better at it in summer when there are more fresh fruit and veg available. In an ideal world I'd eat like this all the time.
I don't know where we all signed up for all the tasteless veg, I agree it is not good. Such a difference when you go abroad and find out what they are allowed to buy.
When you live in a highly urbanised area like myself it's pretty hard to eat seasonally - you have the option of Supermarkets A, B or C and not much else. It's a real shame.