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Clean eating is trendy, but maybe you just need to declutter instead.
The phrase “clean eating” is pretty popular these days, but the concept isn’t really new. In general, clean eating means eating foods that are fairly close to their natural state – that is, minimally processed – and getting rid of the excess ‘clutter’ in the form of a lot of added fats, sugars, salt and unnecessary additives. Cooking foods at home and sourcing fresh, local ingredients is often part of the mix, too. Overall, clean eating is meant to call more awareness to what we’re putting in our bodies.
It’s a great concept, but let’s not get carried away. First of all, no one would argue that whole, unprocessed foods without packaging or labels are anything but good choices. But creating a daily diet made up of only those foods might be intimidating to those who simply need to get a meal on the table at the end of a busy day. Besides, there are plenty of healthy, wholesome – and yes, even ‘clean’ – foods that come in packages; frozen loose pack veggies and fruits, canned tuna, salmon or beans, brown rice or whole grain pasta, just to name a few.
Some people take the concept of clean eating a little further, and decide to jump-start their regimen with a short fast. Some say it feels like they’re giving their system a fresh start – kind of like cleaning out your closets or changing the oil in your car. Fasting for a couple of days probably won’t do you any harm as long as you’re healthy and you keep yourself well-hydrated..
But keep in mind that our bodies naturally clean and detoxify every day. We eliminate and neutralize not only via the digestive tract, but the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin get into the act, too. As long as you take good care of your body and provide it with plenty of nourishing foods, it will take care of you.
So if you’re already eating plenty of fruits and veggies (even if they’ve been frozen), whole grains (yep, even those that come packaged in a plastic bag) and lean proteins (even those that come from a can), your diet might be pretty clean already. And even if you’re not eating this way, maybe you don’t need to do a “clean sweep” – perhaps a little “decluttering” is all it takes.
How to Declutter Your Diet