What the hell is clean eating

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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)

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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..

Beginnings

It’s almost unheard of to hit rock bottom in your teenage years but for me, I sunk hard. When I was 18, I weighed over close to 145 kilos and was a size 26 (I had jeans that were a size 30). So while my clothing size was hitting a huge high my self esteem and confidence was at an all time low.  I barely went out, refusing to go to clubs with my friends.

My lightbulb moment came to me in a Marketing class at University. While ignoring the lecturer, I was flicking through CLEO magazine and came across an article about “gym etiquette.” While I had never set foot in a gym before in my life, I read on with interest, trying to picture all the scenarios readers had sent in to the magazine. Then I thought about it, surely a gym couldn’t be that scary? They all did it on the Biggest Loser (awful, I know) and if they could do it, surely, I could. So I did. I signed up at Fernwood Fitness in 2007 and started to finally love my body. Within years I had lost weight and finally fit into “normal clothing stores” at a size 16.

So welcome to my blog, Fitness and Twenties. The name is pretty much self explanatory, I’ll be blogging about all things fitness related as I continue into my mid to late twenties. Whether this be my anger at fad diets that are taking the world by storm, awesome gym clothes that I (and my readers, I’m sure..) must get and also just plain old stories about the gym. Stay with me for the read and happy reading.