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What does is it mean to be on a clean eating diet? Does it mean that we are only eating organic? Vegetarian? Vegan? Raw? There are many different ways of eating clean. Fast food, processed food, sugar and too much flour is not healthy for you. These have addicting substances in them. They also slow your body’s metabolism down. These two reasons are causing you to gain weight. 2/3 of North Americans are now considered overweight, obese and up to morbidly obese.
By eating clean, you eliminate anything processed. What you are eating is real food. In reality when you eat real food you don’t have to count calories. Junk food is out of the question. How can you tell whether you are eating clean? There is one main way and that is: how you feel.
Do an experiment. Take one day. Eat as healthy as you can, with as little as preservatives as possible. Stay away from packaged foods that do not need to be refrigerated. This is a huge clue that that particular so called ‘food’ is not part of a clean eating diet. See how you feel after only one day.
I know when I eat clean I feel light and energetic. My moods are more stable. I don’t feel down. I have increased feelings of hope and success. Plus I start to see the scale move in a downward progression – which is always a nice thing!
Not only are the foods important to a clean eating diet but it’s how you eat. Treat your food with respect. Have at least one meal per day that is mindful eating. That is where you are eating, sitting down by yourself or with friends and family and really think about what you are eating. It is not rushed nor hurried. You enjoy each spoonful, taking small bites rather than mouthfuls. This is not in front of the TV, the computer or even reading a book.
When on a clean eating diet, it isn’t looking in the fridge and eating out of the containers. It isn’t grazing throughout the day, having bites here and there, never reaching that feeling of fullness or perhaps not recognizing it.