Project Clean Eating
Do you remember what were the usual food on your plate five years ago? Now compare it from what your packed lunch is, or what your order is from your favorite restaurant today. We know it! We all know that the last few years have been marked by a dramatic obsession with superfood or diet trend. So much that experts are insinuating that this age of diet-hopping has a collective eating disorder.
Well, we can’t blame the “I-saw-it-on-Instagram” eating habit when it really seems too good to be true. Good thing 2016 is altering this thought and many are shifting to sane, nutritious, clean, local, personally intuitive foods.
Clean eating is not just about eating your greens, take a look and note of the following:
1. Bring Your Carbs Back
Stop having that rice and pasta phobia! Carbs are not the villain on your plate, friends. And eating clean doesn’t mean you have to give up this vital macronutrient. Carbs, in their natural source like brown rice and quinoa, legumes, vegetables, are just as important to help your body function as the other macronutrients--protein and fat, do to help you survive and thrive!
2. It's about Time for a Full Plate
Now you hear Hozier's song that goes "Ameeeen". Full plate, who doesn't want that? Contrary to most dieters' belief, eating clean allows you to eat more food, not less. Eating clean isn’t about eating small portion and eliminating major food groups; instead, it provides you with the tools to make better decisions within those food groups.
3. No More Power Bars
At first glance, power bars may seem like a smart choice for an instant energy boost, but if you take a closer look at the label, you'll see that the boost comes in the form of 15 grams of sugars! Now that makes sense. Forget about it because they are made with cheap, low-quality ingredients and are hiding tons of sugar and additives. Instead, choose a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit.
No, it doesn’t have to be Monday but try going meatless one day a week. Plant-based foods are often less processed than meat and offer an abundance of nutrients. Beans, lentils, nuts, chia seeds, tofu, and certain whole grains, like quinoa and buckwheat, offer a great source of protein. Now, you decide what day would it be.
5. Ditch them Fried Food
This means saying goodbye to fried, deep-fried and pan-fried foods like french fries. How hard could that be?! Well if you are informed that these fried foods are high in bad fats and calories, and contain zero nutritional value, (yep, zero) then you might decide to bid adios! Move on and look for steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted foods that won't hurt your heart.
6. Balance is the Key
Restrictive diets are never realistic in the long run, so learning to balance is the key to lasting clean eating. Dietitians suggest to make use of 3:1 rule; where every plate should be 3 parts fresh- as in fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats, healthy fats and one part frozen, canned or boxed.
7. Read your labels
Don't let smart and catchy packaging (that shows how delicious the inside could be) deceive you. Read the labels. If you can't read it, don't eat it! Because if it sounds complex, or like a word straight out of chemistry class, chances are this food has artificial additives and what nots. After all, eating clean is about real food written as it is.
It’s about time to steer clear away from ‘fake foods' and embrace the real ones. Let’s give our body the clean meal it deserves! When we switch to eating clean, we refresh our eating habits and eat without limiting major food groups or even counting calories. We’ll not only ward off disease by eating this way, but we lose weight, and de-bloat, making ourselves feel comfortable in our body, and look the way we were meant to.