There is debate on whether clean eating is just another trend or a good nutrition strategy. I think it is a good strategy worth practicing, MOST of the time. All or none food principals are rarely sustainable. Recognize that magic solutions seem like the easy answer, but the wisest way is to stick to the motto: All foods fit!
If someone is far right on the healthy eating spectrum, it may pose as orthorexia. Orthorexia is not a clinical diagnosis. It is described as obsessive behaviors in pursuit of a healthy diet. Striving for perfection, symptoms are laced with negative feelings, shame, and guilt about food and body image. These thoughts may take up inordinate amounts of time and energy in life. However, It doesn’t mean someone is orthorexic if they’re practicing clean eating! Furthermore, the word clean is another word for healthy or healthful.
Clean eating originated decades ago to mean natural, fresh and unprocessed foods. Clean eaters recognize the awareness of quality nutrition and its positive outcomes. It embraces simplified cooking and practical food prepping, instead of eating processed and fast foods on a regular basis. Clean eating includes all of mother nature’s food groups. The concept is fundamentally a simple message. It says, bring it back to the basics! Clean eating has been around for decades. In the 60’s, the bodybuilding community coined non-processed foods as clean foods. In 2015, clean became a recycled buzzword. For the record, My book, The Mindful Clean Plate was written in 2004-waaayy ahead of the current trend 🙂
Learn about clean, healthy and healthful foods! Education is critical. Invest in yourself. Get your food education from the professionals called registered dietitians-nutritionist. (RD or RDN credentials) Read books authored by RD’s. Come to my Smart Cart Grocery Store Tour on Sept. 14 @ 5:30pm Publix in RBC or schedule a personal consultation! Fact! Medical doctors DO NOT receive adequate nutrition education. They are encouraged to refer their patients to RD’s. Therefore, seeking out and listening to fully qualified experts in nutrition will teach, treat, and prescribe to you, how, when, and why you will benefit from eating healthy, most of the time.
Published in The Gadsden Times, September 1, 2017