The clean eating definition is all over the map. Some people think one thing while others think something completely opposite. Let’s keep clean eating very simple. I’m going to clarify what clean eating actually means and ways to get started. This isn’t just important for body builders or athletes. This needs to get in front of every single person.
Clean eating definition
Clean eating is just eating real foods made with real ingredients. That’s it. Simple, right?
Well, it should be simple.
The food industry has ruined it’s simplicity. They allow lies on the labels. They allow unnecessary additives into our food and hide it behind healthy sounding words. Basically, the food industry just sucks.
Read your ingredients
Clean eating all boils down to this right here. Never trust the front of a package. You don’t need to look at the nutrition facts box. You need to head straight down to the ingredients. What is in your food?
Once you get to your ingredients, to make things a little more simple, ask yourself if your great-great grandma would have recognized that ingredient. If the answer is no, put it back.
There you go. That’s it. Go start eating real food.
Just kidding. I’ll give you a little more.
Some experts say to only eat organic. Some experts say to stay away from canned foods. I’m putting a stop to both of those things. Now, obviously, organic fresh produce that is grown super locally is going to be the best of the best. However, don’t let that stop you.
If you can’t afford organic, that’s okay. Getting real food into your body is what the focus is all about. That’s the biggest thing. If you can afford organic, well, then, buy them up.
I am a homesteader. With that, comes canning. I love myself a good canning season. That means I like to can all sorts of foods. That way I know where the food is coming from and know what’s in those cans. Sometimes, I also buy canned goods from the store, too. I go straight to that ingredient label. If I’m buying corn, the only thing in that can better be corn and maybe some salt. Nothing else.
Now, let’s talk about frozen produce. When you buy frozen, a lot of the time, it is actually better for you than fresh. The reason for that is that the produce has been picked closer to it’s ripeness versus the fresh produce, which is usually traveling all over so they need to pick it long before hand. Stay away from the veggies with the sauces. Those sauces have a lot of junk. Buy your frozen green beans with the only ingredient being green beans.
I’m a midwestern girl. That means I love myself some meat and potatoes. We either raise or hunt most of our meat. Although, the meat that we don’t raise or hunt ourselves, comes from local farmers, so I know how the animal is raised. This is both a big stance I take because of not only the health reasons, but because of the humane reasons as well. Meat eating people can still have compassion……and I just went off topic a bit….back to the subject.
Grass FINISHED meats are going to be the best for you. The term grass fed has been hijacked by the food industry. It now means that for a certain period of time, that animal has been fed grass. You need to look for grass finished. Better yet, if you can afford it, buy yourself a real big deep freezer and/or canner. Find yourself a local farmer and buy bulk meat from them. You can get your meats custom cut at a butcher shop. It’s more cheap that way in the long run.
However, if you cannot afford grass finished meat, that is okay. Look at your ingredients on the meat and make sure it is only the meat. Nothing else.
This is almost a touchy subject for me and I will try not to overwhelm you. So if at all possible, (and this sounds scary but I promise you, it’s not) grind your own wheat. It is not like it used to be in Laura Ingalls day. Today, you have electric grain mills. Super easy. Pour your wheat in and in a few minutes, you have flour that has all of the wonderful true nutrients.
Okay, okay, I know. Not everyone wants to make their own bread, muffins, and cookies with freshly group grains. (I’ll talk you into it someday.) Once again, I’m beating a dead horse here, read your ingredient label. Lots of times, you are going to have to go to the freezer section for clean breads.
Let’s recap the clean eating definition.
Read your ingredients and ask yourself if great great grandma would have ate that. Use those ingredients to cook at home. Avoid artificial ingredients. Avoid highly processed foods. Count chemicals, not calories.
This truly is simple, it just has a learning curve to it. If you would like a quick start guide on ways to make simple changes, click here for that!
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