If you have spent time at your local gym, searched the Internet for the latest articles on dieting, or been advised by your Doc to eat healthier you’ve heard some variation of slang for improving your nutrition. There are numerous variations and definitions for what a “Clean” diet entails depending on your goals and specific doctrine you may follow. Overall, most would surmise that a “Clean” diet is one consisting of multiple whole foods like lean meats, whole grains, vegetable, and fruits while limiting refined sugars and hydrogenated oils.
That definition alone is very vague in nature and consequently wouldn’t provide much direction for someone with little knowledge of eating for improved health and wellness. We all are well aware that fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are the recommendation for becoming healthier but the specific macro nutrient ratios are a foreign language for most. That’s why the blanket term of “Clean” eating leaves so much room for guessing and interpretation.
Over the past 5 years in my journey for improved health, fitness, and wellness my individual definition of “Clean” eating has changed immensely! There were foods that I consumed on a regular basis 5 years ago when beginning to improve my nutrition that I simply would not eat now as my understanding of foods and their effect on my body has grown. Those foods were adequate in helping me to make some small and needed changes but overall do not fit in my current nutrition program. Understanding that there are multiple roads on your journey can help you develop your own individual definition of “Clean” eating and how it fits in your current schedule and lifestyle.
Beginning to develop your nutrition program is the first step in a long journey of improved eating. The most important part of this equation is that you search for quality information on food and try new things to expand your horizons. As you introduce new and healthier food sources and options into your daily intake you will gradually replace certain foods that may not be as healthful as desired or simply aren’t sustaining your needs physically, nutrionally, and even mentally.
Determining your definition of clean can be a liberating experience as you can begin to develop a system and find a reliable set of food choices to utilize and ultimately fall back on when your nutrition becomes a side bar to your busy schedule. This article does a great job of explaining how the term “Clean” eating has changed over the past few decades and goes into depth about the general guidelines for improving your nutrition. Take the time to read it thoroughly and decide how you can make some improvements towards a healthier you!
Here’s to a fitter tomorrow!——->R’s