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Semantics? Clean Eating

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Recently, I’ve read a few headlines debunking ideas that I completely subscribe to. When I go in and actually read the articles, it turns out that they’re using the phrases in very different ways than I do.

Let’s take a look at the phrase “clean eating.” It’s pretty popular right now, and I guess there are a lot of different definitions for it. Here’s mine: Eating whole, real food. Yep. That’s it. Avoiding anything that’s full of ingredients I can’t pronounce, much less digest. Avoiding foods that make ME feel bad. And my foods may be different from your foods. I call that bioindividuality – it’s the idea that each of us processes foods differently, and that we each need to eat for our own body’s needs.

Clean eating means consuming a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and <gasp> whole grains. Nuts and seeds. Healthy fats. When it comes to meat, the animals should have eaten according to their bioindividuality, as much as possible (that’s really hard to find), and not be given antibiotics or hormones.

And you know what? The occasional treat is OK. Clean eating is not about deprivation, or about being “perfect” – whatever that is. To me, it means eating as healthfully as possible, in order to feel as good as I can and live the best life I can. Pretty simple.

What does clean eating mean to you? Share in the comments below!

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