In a world where we are surrounded by food, and all it takes is a click of a button for junk food to be hand delivered to your door, how do we provide our bodies with the fuel they deserve, and eat a clean, healthy diet?
The answer is pretty simple…clean eating, however like most things this is not as easy as it sounds. Clean eating means different things to different people, but everyone seems to agree the basic rule of clean eating is: the white stuff must go! The white stuff? It actually refers to white sugar and white flour products, foods that are high in calories but contain little else. In the nutrition world these foods are called empty calories, as the only thing they add to your life is extra weight! Not only do these foods provide very little in the way of nutrients, they also cause spikes followed by sudden drops in blood sugar levels which makes you feel hungry and eat more, and so continues the vicious cycle of weight gain.
Clean eating for weight loss relies on choosing foods that are what we call “nutrient dense”. Nutrient dense foods are whole foods that undergo very little processing and contain the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy! It’s about balance not starvation, eating enough food to keep you full but eating a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. On a clean eating diet, 3 main meals and a snack should be enough to keep you feeling full and provide you with the energy you need, if it's not, add some extra vegetables, after all it's about quality not quantity.
When we talk about ‘quality’ in terms of food we mean choosing good quality sources of protein that have little to no additional fat, eating complex carbohydrates that are high in fibre and low in refined sugar and plenty of fresh vegetables!
Following a clean eating approach will help you take control of your weight, and have other benefits such as improved mood, more energy and better sleep! The foods we choose to fuel our bodies have an enormous impact on our lives, so it's important to remember when it comes to food, not all calories are created equal.