If you’re on Instagram and Twitter, you’ve probably seen the hashtag #Cleaneating (amongst hundreds of other hashtags on the same damn photo…) appear on your main page here and there. If you’re like me (and god this is embarrassing) you would assume clean eating means to just simply wash your fruit and vegetables a bit more throughly when you get them from the shops.
Apparently not. According to ItFitness, Clean eating is eating foods in their most natural state. This means that you need to throw processed food, foods with preservatives and foods with lots of sugar out of your diet. Essentially you are keeping your food in its natural state and only adding natural flavours to give it taste (Think squeezing some lemon on your salad, etc.) Basically, say goodbye to fast food and hello to your own kitchen because the basic idea behind clean eating is making your own meals from scratch.
Science based medicine breaks it down in the following dot points:
- Eat 5 or 6 small meals every day
- Eat every 2 to 3 hours
- Combine lean protein and complex carbs at every meal.
- Drink at least 2 liters, or 8 cups, of water each day.
- Avoid all over-processed, refined foods, especially white flour and sugar
- Avoid chemicals, preservatives, and artificial sugar
- Depend on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, and enzymes
A quick google search on “Clean eating results” show hundreds of photos of people showing off their 30-day clean eating results, with many of them having very obvious weight loss (as shown below)
Clean eating is essentially a “lifestyle change” and not a diet as such. Mixing clean eating with exercising in moderation can be beneficial and the results of clean eating speak for themselves. But, like the many fads in “lifestyle changes” before, another new one will pop up before we know it and then the general population (including me) while be googling and scratching our heads in confusion as to how it’s different from the previous fad. I am all for welcoming it, just go easy on the Instagram tags, guys..