The phrase clean eating is often associated with weight loss and the eating of vegetables. At least that is how some of us perceive it. So, what really is clean eating?
Katherine Zeratsky, a specialty for the nutrition and healthy eating guide of Mayo Clinic says ‘clean eating is, in essence, a diet — just a way of eating. But it is also a way of living that lends itself to improving one’s health and well-being.’
What this means is that it is not just about eating to shed calories but also eating whole foods which are grown, packaged, transported and dispatched responsibly.
Thus, clean eaters focus a lot on the whole cycle of eating that includes how the food is grown up to packaging and everything in between.
“At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.” – Fitness Magazine.
Katherine Zeratsky also advises clean eaters to eat for nourishment: “Eat regular, balanced meals and healthy snacks that are nourishing and not too rushed. Eat at home more often and prepare food in healthy ways. Pack food to eat away from home when on the road, at work or activities. When you do eat out, choose wisely.”
Clean eating is more a way of life than just a diet.