The concept behind “Clean eating” is quite straightforward. This term means that you will eat as near as possible to the natural/original state of food. That goes pretty much in opposite direction to current trends. The hectic life that many of us experience today makes impossible to dedicate an appropriate amount of time for cooking. This tendency has increased the consumption of processed food and aliments with high amount of chemicals (so called preservatives). The problem with this kind of food is that it is not as nourishing as the fresh ones and in addition, all the added chemicals can cause long term health issues even if it is not that evident in the short term.
In order to follow a clean diet, you should focus on foods that are , or at least processed, choosing organic product over non-organic ones and reading labels so that you can make sure that no artificial ingredients have been added. In any case, the pillar of clean eating is just eating plain food as we used to do many years ago before the food industry took over our tables. This means that you will base your diet on whole grains, quinoa, nuts and seeds, white fish, organic meats, healthy oils like olive oil or walnut oil, fruits and vegetables.
Try to avoid any food changing the original state of the food (like removing bran and germ from whole grains), and adding ingredients that cannot be pronounced (chemicals) and avoid food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Unprocessed foods and minimally processed foods include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Dried legumes
- Free range eggs
- Unrefined grains, steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice
- Unprocessed meat
- Hormone-free dairy
- Unrefined vegetable oils
Remember, you are what you eat.