There are all kinds of regimens designed to help you lose weight or change your relationship with food. The one that grabs me lately is the notion of eating clean. When you eat clean, you try to eat unprocessed foods and leave the rest behind. Simply said, you eat whole foods. You will read labels and try to make sure that you know what every ingredient is. If it has items that you can’t even pronounce, you might want to skip consuming it.
In the process of eating clean, you will attempt to buy organic whenever you can. Organic foods have more vitamins and micro and macro nutrients in them. These elements are simply not duplicated in non-organic foods. Your body knows the difference!
Eating organic may be a struggle at first. Start by introducing one or two organic foods to you grocery basket, your kitchen and your palette weekly. As you adjust, build it up and purchase more organic foods when you can. When you can’t find organic, don’t sweat it. Buy industrially farmed foods, but begin to make buying organic a priority overtime.
While eating clean, it is okay to make certain compromises, but stick to the rules you design about what is okay to eat and what is not okay to eat. Notice the concept of eating clean will vary a bit from person to person or kitchen to kitchen, but many similarities will exist. Deciding to eat clean will become a way of life based on the values you have decided to act on over and over again. These ways of behaving will become habitual, even second nature overtime. What was once a strain to engage in will become completely normal.
There may be certain foods you decide you want to avoid and others that you cannot live without. So for example, you may decide to go lactose free, yet may decide grains and gluten are for you. So in the spirit of eating clean, you will not use processed white flour, but instead cook with wholewheat, or buckwheat flour and add almond milk, when you make pancakes. On the other hand, you might nix all salt and animal protein. So you’ll skip meat, fish and fowl, opting for more grains and nut butters or legumes as your plant sources for protein. Just remember you can eat clean with a variety of twists!
Nonetheless if you are eating clean, you will use potatoes from the ground to make potatoe soup, and not rely on soup, which comes from a can by Campbell’s Soup or some of their competitors, or soup that comes in the form of powder in a pouch. You may make your own stock or buy it at the store, but buyer beware! Look at all the ingredients. The less ingredients, the better. You may add raw spices, when possible from the garden, garlic, chives, basil, rosemary oh my! These home grown spices are far preferable to those chemical creations found in small bottles in most stores. The potatoes you purchase will be organic, and not individually wrapped. Individually wrapped potatoes tend to have been sprayed with chemicals, before they are wrapped to reduce sprouting.
You will choose organic carrots, when possible, and always choose long carrots over baby carrots, which are not grown in the ground, but processed and bromated from carrot pieces.
When eating the dirty dozen, you will try to buy organic and take the time to clean your fruits accordingly to remove unwanted residue from pesticides. Food preparation is important.
You will make every attempt to get to know local farmers from whom you source as much food as possible. You will talk to them about how they farm organically. If organic is not their way, you will find another farmer in the area to shop from.
Your diet will not necessarily be raw, but it will be free of chemicals and antibiotics. You will choose organic butter and meats that are lean and antibiotic free. You will opt for eggs from chickens that are not only raised cage free, but also pasture fed. Purchasing a higher quality egg will never lead you astray.
When you purchase organic or chemical, pesticide and antibiotic free, you invest in yourself. If you don’t think you and your family are worth it, no one will!
If you want to eat this way and make it a priority, it will affect what you purchase and how you prepare your food. Priorities like these, pay dividends overtime. You will likely notice health benefits over the long haul.
Are you as intrigued by eating clean as I am? What would be important to you in this journey? Write down four things you would be sure to follow on a regular basis. What is most important to you? Can you write down the gist of what your eating clean regimen would like like? Can you write out a three day or week long food plan which incorporates your new eating clean concepts?
If you are ready to be in conversation on a regular basis about eating clean, contact me to set up an initial health coaching call. I would love to support your movement in that direction.
Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching a Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach at Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom by Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Hts, OH