``In our fast-forward culture, we have lost the art of eating well. Food is often little more than fuel to pour down the hatch while doing other stuff - surfing the Web, driving, walking along the street. Dining al desko is now the norm in many workplaces. All of this speed takes a toll. Obesity, eating disorders and poor nutrition are rife.``
When it comes to good nutrition there are many ideas about what that looks like. If we stick to the basic principles of “Clean Eating” we will be on the right track to wellness.
Clean eating has been describes as taking time to know what food is made of, choosing minimally processed food, and eating whole foods- whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes, and lean meat. One of the golden rules of “clean eating” is include as much fresh produce in your daily diet as possible. Load up on fruits and veggies!
The basic principles of eating “clean” are eat whole foods, avoid processed food, no refined sugar, cook your own meals, and eat 5-6 small meals daily.
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store…this is your new favorite territory. Most stores have everything you need on the outside edges of the store- you only need to venture into “the aisles” rarely.
Some benefits of “clean” eating are:
- Feel more energetic- help regulate blood pressure & avoid spikes in blood sugar
- Improve cardiovascular health-diet rich in fruits and veggies lowers coronary risks as well as protects against stroke & high blood pressure
- Prevent cancer- diet rich in fruits and veggies boosts intake of phytonutrients and antioxidants which fight cancer
- Supports mental health