What I Enjoy About Clean Eating

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I have started clean eating about a month ago. It is a new lifestyle choice that is going to help me get back to my fitness goals. What I enjoy most about this diet is that it does not include processed foods and those foods with a high fat content. I am shopping the perimeter of the store such as the dairy, meat and produce counters. I am preparing better meals at home that have lower grams of carbs, sugar and cholesterol. While I am still counting calories, I am benefiting my body by cutting out the bad fats. Clean eating may be the best decision I have made lately, and here is why.

It is a new way of eating. I am eating healthy, well-balanced meals each day. Most of my meals contain a lean protein such as chicken, turkey or salmon. I try to eat several fruits and vegetables per day. For the most part, I blend the fruits and vegetables in my Nutribullet blender. These have antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to my health. Also, I try to stay within my portion sizes. This is not always easy, but I do try. I want to get a kitchen scale and start measuring out my food.

There are foods that are going to be excluded here. When you eat clean, it is best to limit those foods that contain sugar and salt. These are beloved foods such as ice cream, French fries and peanuts. Hold up, though. You can have unsalted peanuts, which taste somewhat bland, but are not that terrible. Soda, baked goods and candy may also be included on this list. If you are serious about getting back to your goal weight, then you have to do it.

In addition, it is a new way of shopping. I spend most of my time in the produce aisle. This is mostly because I make smoothies out of my fruits and vegetables, but not always. Some of my favorites are fresh berries, bananas and apples. I have also shopped for fresh pineapple, zucchini and potatoes. I try to mix it up each shopping trip. Next, it is on to get the protein. These are meats such as chicken, turkey, salmon, pork or beef. Moreover, I cannot leave the store without getting my Greek yogurt and eggs. Those are must-haves on my list.

For the most part, you are avoiding the center aisles. Of course, you will go into the cereal aisles and get some cereal (but not pop tarts!) You will go in the snack aisle and get cashews, almonds and pistachios for your snacks (but not chips!) Temptation is going to grasp at you like a toddler wanting candy, but you have to resist. Sticking to your list and avoiding your food triggers is going to be the hardest of all, but I believe in you. Take someone with you that understands these triggers and will encourage you to stick to your diet. You are going to be back to your goal weight in no time!

Finally, you are going to have more energy. Protein is a source of energy that makes the body feel so much better. Not to mention, the fruits and vegetables are stashed with vitamins and minerals that benefit your health. The antioxidants that are in the produce help fight diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In addition, your immune system is going to be tougher against colds, the flus and anything that comes its way. Clean eating is so enriching. While it may be tough starting out, you are going to reap the rewards later. Let us all start eating clean to a better health—a better self!

4 Comments

  1. Andrea Robinson

    I was attracted to the article because the title is so refreshing and the picture of all the fresh produce is just plain happy! But, I have to admit to a fear that this would turn out to be an all-vegetarian diet, which I feel is good, but not quite right for me. I’ve struggled with weight all my life, and a lot of is is mood-altering, and the rest of it is the belief that you-have-to-eat-what-everyone-else-eats-to-fit-in-and-be-polite. Not a good diet!

    I really hate the inside aisles filled with crackers and other empty carbs. They taste like cardboard, but are strangely addictive once you get into them. I shop for my dad and he always insists on lots of highly processed, empty foods that feel kind of “dead” to me.

    I guess this is a perfect time to say, “The heck with it. It’s time to use my inner voice and eat what I feel is best for me instead of just going along with everyone else’s diet just to please others.”

    I’ve always been weird. I think that if you feel like having salad for breakfast, you should have it. Or if you prefer to eat salad separated, i.e., the lettuce in one pile and the cucumbers in a separate pile, etc., then you should eat it that way.

    I don’t know of anyone else who eats that way, but I’m kind of relieved to see “clean eating” starting to pop up. I actually used to look at chicken and other foods and ask myself if it was clean or not — fried chicken, not clean. Most rotisserie chicken, clean. I’m actually somewhat surprised that others think this way. This is the first time I’ve heard anyone use that term.

    It’s really interesting that you talk about the benefits of clean eating for fighting colds. I have been plagued with colds and sinus infections since my dad and I moved in together and started eating the same way. Seems that clean eating is much better than simple weight control!

    I think that my friends would support me wholeheartedly on this. Thanks for a great and informative article! It makes me feel very optimistic.

    :)

  2. Ashley

    Many people hate eating clean and say it’s hard, but I actually enjoy it. There are so many things you can eat that are good for you, and a lot of it tastes great.

  3. Beth

    It’s so, so, so hard to eat clean when you live with people who have no regard for what they put in their bodies. That’s the problem I’m facing right now. Because their bad habits always fall on to me and I don’t always have the strength to avoid it. I’m trying though, because I know how imperative it is for my health. And luckily, I actually love fruits and vegetables and healthy things like that. But when someone is sitting next to me shoving chips in their mouth and they point the bag in my direction, I’m still working on the willpower to say no.

  4. Margeaux Lavigne

    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your new journey. I too am embarking on a clean eating journey and I must say, it’s much more expensive to eat clean than it is to eat processed foods. Who knew that fresh foods cost so much.

    The unsung benefit of clean eating is that ultimately you don’t have to worry about health issues because the cleaner you eat, the more equipped your body is to heal itself. I’ve had a few health issues in the last few years and doctors have tried to get me on medications (for blood pressure). I decided that I don’t want to depend on medications to sustain my life so I made a decision that I am going to eat better so I can live better.

    Thanks again for sharing your journey!

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