Clean Eating or Simple Eating?

As a Nutritionist and  Weight Loss Coach, I often check out the media for updates,  and recently as I have been reading through, one phrase jumps out at me constantly.  Clean Eating.

 Clean Eating is the new buzz phrase. It’s everywhere. Cookbooks, articles, interviews – you name it, its out there is some format or another and is pretty unavoidable. But what does “clean” mean? Does it mean that their are also “dirty” foods? It must do because there is always an opposite.

Some of my clients actually feel pressured to buy expensive produce and it causes them stress when they simply can’t afford to. Healthy eating is supposed to affect every aspect of your life positively, including reducing stress which can contribute to weight gain.

In principle, I absolutely agree with this way of eating, however after looking through the media, it often seems to include expensive, often quite exotic ingredients that will never really be part of the average family’s store cupboard. Organic Maple syrup? Agave nectar? More than twice the price of organic honey – and each of them have exactly the same affect on the body. I tried making my own Almond milk. It was delicious but cost me over £10 for less than 1 pint!

My YOUtrition system advocates “Simple” Eating rather than “Clean”. Simple everyday whole foods kept as close to their original state as possible, organic when you can afford them – but don’t beat yourself up when you can’t (if you do buy anything organic, try for the leanest meat, fish and eggs. For the rest a good wash/scrub is fine.)

Simple swaps include,

Almonds to Brazil nuts.
Blueberries to Blackberries.
Salmon to Sardines.
Chia Seeds to Sesame Seeds.
Kale to Broccoli.
Coconut Oil to Rapseed oil.

Typically, I buy fill my basket with fresh seasonal veg and if out of season, frozen. Same with fruit. I buy loads of herbs and spices, bit by bit, as these can also be expensive, but once bought you’re done. I regularly try out creations of my own, some a stunning success and some a little bet “meh”, but never a disaster because unless food is overcooked it still has texture and flavour, just maybe not to the whole family’s taste – and I very rarely use a recipe book. I know the tastes and textures my family like and I introduce small, simple changes all the time. I find that small changes are easier for them to cope with and they always come round.

Practice, experiment and trust yourself to know what works best for you and your family, keep it SIMPLE and don’t be tempted to spend time and money on produce and recipes that are not right for you, your family or your pocket just because they come under the “clean” heading

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