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Clean Eating.

Clean Eating.

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My Dragon Necklace

            What is clean eating anyway?  It actually is pretty much what it sounds like.  It simply means cleaning up what you eat. 

            I don’t think too many of us realize exactly what we put into our bodies and how those choices affect us.  Refined sugars, grains and tons of doctored up convenience foods puts a strain on us. For some it creates a chemical imbalance, for others skin issues, for many weight problems.

            Of course taking out “unclean” foods may not be enough for people suffering form the above mentioned issues.  Some people really are hypoglycemic and no amount of food regulation is going to help that. You may have skin issues because of your environment rather than what you eat. You may be fat simply because you eat too much and exercise too little.

            I guess what I’m saying is that most things aren’t simple. But you know, you can start ruling out what is causing problems by first eating clean. 

 

            To eat clean you must

 

a)      Eliminate refined sugar.

b)      Limit alcohol intake or eliminate it.

c)      Eat 5 to 6 meals a day.

d)     Drink lots of water. (Minimum 8 glasses for most people.)

e)      Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

f)       Make healthy choices when dining out.

g)      Cook at home, know what’s in your food.

h)      Make a commitment to yourself.

 

            For many of us, especially in the get it quick culture of the U.S. eating clean can be hard, so many of us are addicted to sugar, simple carbs and fast food. And you know, I’m not saying get rid of convenience or speed at all. I don’t think anyone who eats clean wants it to be a burden. It doesn’t have to be  if you plan ahead and think about what you are doing. Simply put, you have to set your priorities. 

            I guess that means you need to make your health a priority and think about what you really want in life and if that cheeseburger is really doing you any good. I know it’s not even though it’s tasty.

            But you know, eating clean is tasty. Eating clean doesn’t mean you’re exchanging nutrition for flavor. It means you are exchanging processed, high calorie food for a healthier, happier you. 

 

            I think that’s a good trade. Don’t you? 

 

            I won’t say the transition will be easy. Some of us are addicted to the easy access processed foods provide. What beats a drive-through window when your aching tired?  Not much, but I think you wouldn’t be so tired and chemically distraught if you were eating naturally. That’s my theory anyway and why I started this community.

            And I’m not saying you will never eat a McNugget again. You can if you want. What you put into your body is always up to you. No one is telling you to nix anything, but rather make better choices most of the time. Most of the time is a good start right? If it becomes all of the time then even better. 

 

            For starters, I’m going to give you a link to a magazine I really, really love. It came out in 2007 and I subscribe to it. It has detailed weekly menus that go into what freezes best and everything. They also don’t suck you in with headlines that don’t deliver, you’ll actually learn from it. 

            You don’t have to subscribe. On the site they have a few tidbits. It’s not as detailed as the magazine, but I think we can manage if our pocketbooks are tight. In any case, I’m going to devote more time to this community simply because I’m struggling too and I think this will help me stay on track. J

  • Wonderful introductory post!

    I don't know where I'd fall into perfect "clean eating", but my philosophy is no processed sugars, minimal carbs, and whenever possible, make it from scratch.

    The most horrific example of why that might be more important than I knew was when I deviated from this back in September. I bought a box of cake mix and a canister of icing.

    Now usually I make my cakes and icing from scratch, but I was in a hurry. And there were only three of us, so lots was left over. And so, we put it out for the birds. I live in a very rural area, so basically, if the wild birds don't get it, the raccoon will.

    Nobody touched it.

    Days went by, and though there were a handful of pecks, nobody was eating it. This freaked me out.

    But I wondered if it was just maybe birds don't eat cake -- so I made cupcakes from scratch and put out one of those with the "mix" cake. And my cup cake was gone before the evening fell.

    I was so horrified that I even took photos.

    I don't trust them fast food mixes any more.

    -- Resa

    Edited at 2008-12-05 01:20 am (UTC)
    • Re: Wonderful introductory post!

      Wow!!! If the animals won't eat it then....yeah, we shouldn't. You know I used to grab Betty Crocker incing and spread it over cookies all of the time. Now, the thought gags me. But homemade icing? That's a whole 'nother matter. :)
      • Re: Wonderful introductory post!

        (nods) I too used to adore the can icing. And can only hope that it was better in the past.

        But yeah, homemade icing rocks! I have a very nice recipe for old fashioned Seven Minute Icing (from a 1960's cookbook) that you make on the stove, and I think I'll be sticking with that for now on. When I absolutely need sugar ... which I'm trying hard to drop from my life. But sometimes ... heh.
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