Monday, May 24, 2010

Some helpful info on "Clean Eating"

Here are some amazing facts and articles I thought I'd share as I am on my mission to "clean eating".

Dr. Oz is truly an amazing man. He has information that he brings to the public that will honestly show you he's not your typical doctor! Many doctors are in it for the money, plain and simple. While many may have started their mission to heal and help... many more pursue their own dreams of living large. In the process, I see numerous doctors disregard natural and homeopathics as a solution all too often. Face it, if you're eating healthy, clean and organic you're probably going to be a lot less sick and for the average doctor that means you're worth a lot less money in many ways... whether it's kick backs from the drug companies for the prescriptions they write or from the insurance companies for the tests they COULD provide but don't and instead issue tons of less expensive but less accurate tests. It's a fact, medicine is an industry and YOU are a consumer! To see Dr. Oz take the approaches he takes on eating healthy, homeopathic and natural healing and so much more just makes me so excited to see him on tv!

Here is an article he recently put up on his Facebook page, from CBS. The article is chuck FULL of great information, including fast facts about organic and which fruits & veggies to purchase organic. The article explains tons of terms that we, as consumers, are often confused about too! So check it out!

Food Label Jargon Demystified
- by CBS

Here are a few other facts & tips I've found:

"Eating Clean" can take on a variety of meanings depending upon who you ask! For some it means absolutely organic, unprocessed, raw, and zero sweets other than perhaps fruits. (Might I add that THIS version would KILL me? LOL). Many who fall in this class would also be considered "Vegan" and would not eat any meats because they feel we are truly herbivores and not carnivores. I for one beg to differ on this but to each their own!

Others consider "Eating Clean" to be eating organic foods, low processed - meaning processed flours to produce say pasta is acceptable as long as the foods processed are organic, and unprocessed sugars are acceptable. Meats can be eaten in moderation but only if they are organic meats with absolutely no chemical ingestion. Meats are usually very high in chemicals based simply on the fact that they farm them to get bigger, quicker and meatier to produce more for the money now. Feeding chemically altered or enhanced grains are used in most meats that are NOT marked & verified "Organic". (This style of "Clean Eating" is probably closest to what I am going to be doing although I will confess I will probably eat things more "processed" than some "clean eaters" would)

To me, "eating clean" is a matter of chemicals and chemicals used to process & preserve the foods we eat. I don't think eating a boxed mac 'n cheese is horrid IF the items in the box are decipherable and aren't chemically altered. For example, I love my Wegman's organic pasta! The pasta has exactly 2 ingredients in it, organic wheat flour & water. That, to me, is pretty clean! Yes, the wheat has been processed or milled into a flour but I don't think that's always a bad thing as long as chemicals aren't a part of that process.

The Eat Clean Diet is a great site for recipes, ideas, articles & more. Yes, they are selling their book but you don't have to pay to join the site & sign up for their information. It's all free and very informative! I love this site!

When you eat clean, you eat more. Now this would lead one to believe you may actually gain weight instead of lose weight but actually, because your body is using the food so much more easily & processing it like it should it's the exact opposite. Of course, if you are choosing high fat foods (almost impossible to do anyways when eating clean) and high calorie foods you could gain but the truth is if you're truly eating clean you won't find many foods that fall in this category.

You tend to eat more often when eating clean, again because your body is digesting the food in a natural way, more efficiently! Basically, your body is doing what it is supposed to and therefore needs to be replenished regularly. It's very common to eat 5 times a day when eating like this and that's fine as long as you pay attention to WHAT you are eating those 5 times a day!

Recipes are NOT that hard to find! Honestly, even those that don't state the words "clean eating" can often be viewed as such as long as they seem to follow the general rules of what's contained in the recipe and the way you make it!

Here's some of my faves for the summer especially & I made the Kabobs on my Foreman Grill!

Chili Chicken Kabobs come in at about 4 points on the Weight Watcher system & are AMAZING in taste. I confess I do sometimes shove a few extra veggies on mine to get my veggies in & the spices make them AMAZING!!!!!!

ake your own "clean" Ketchup - compliments of Clean Eating Magazine! Just in time for summer grilling too!

As if that weren't enough... summer calls for some cooling off with these delightful Orange Chia Dream Pops by Clean Eating Magazine too!

y favorite magazine and actually the magazine that is responsible for getting me even thinking about Clean Eating is "Clean Eating Magazine". At first glance I thought they were kind of expensive but honestly, they're the best thing I've ever purchased (okay, in magazines). I'm sure you couldn't tell by all the posts from their site!

Wish me luck! And please feel free to comment and share ideas for trying to live and eat "clean"!

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1 comment:

  1. I just subscribed to this magazine... I have heard a lot of good things about it.

    Starting June 1 I am going back to clean eating. I have a whole week off so I can concentrate on ME.

    Thanks for the info!