HEALTHY Magazine (UK) | EAT CLEAN: What it Means (and How You Can Do It)

America’s clean eating guru explains the nutritional thinking behind the hashtag.

HEALTHY Magazine | February 2, 2015

It’s a phrase dominating our Twitter feed at the moment.  But what exactly is clean eating? Here Terry Walters, the woman who pioneered the trend in the US, talks us through how we can do it too.

1. Clue up on the concept

Clean eating is all about filling your diet with super-nutritional foods that are quick to prepare, and taste delicious! Clean food is minimally processed for maximum nutrition. We all need more of these foods, no matter what else is on our plates – whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, legumes and fruit.

2. Look on the bright side

Focus on what you can have, not what you can’t. It is not about deprivation, self-judgment or rigid guidelines. Eating clean is filling your life with foods that heal and nourish. Embrace positivity in your approach and you won’t feel like you’re missing out.

3. Count the benefits

Eating clean allows you to naturally control your cholesterol and weight, reduce the impact of stress in your life, support your family’s health and contribute to your local economy – because as much as possible is grown or bought locally. The cleaner we eat, the clearer we think.

4. Strike your own personal balance

It’s not an all or nothing deal. Eating clean is about finding balance and making it work for you, not depriving yourself of foods you love. The more we focus on bringing in clean food, the more the foods that don’t serve us will fall to the wayside or be eliminated from our diets altogether.

5. Change your concept of a treat

If you think about it, simple and delicious food is always a treat. Treat yourself daily with flavourful dishes featuring locally grown fresh produce at its maximum nutritional value and taste.

6. Switch up your sugar cravings

There’s no need to deprive your sweet tooth entirely. You can still treat yourself to clean snacks and desserts, from pumpkin spice muffins to gooey cocoa brownies. Let food – even the sweet stuff – fuel your activity and feed your metabolism in a way that’s healthy and sustainable.

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