You might be wondering what it means to clean up your diet. It’s a questions I get a lot and when you do it you will feel the results. A clean diet provides energy, weight loss, and an overall vibrant feeling.
Eating clean at it’s core and most basic concept is not eating chemicals. This might seem like a no brainer, but once you start looking it becomes very surprising how many chemicals and artificial components there are to the food that has been deemed safe for consumption.
Look at the labels before you buy, can you pronounce all the ingredients? Do you know what they are? If not don’t buy it. That is where I started when I chose to clean up my diet.
The idea is to simplify what you eat. Pick the stuff that has 3-5 ingredients or less, and you know what the ingredients are.
The other side of eating clean is choosing organic, when you can. I live in a place where organic food is not readily available and I sometimes find it difficult to trust. I don’t trust food that comes from China, organic or not. There is a lot of pollution in China and that will be in the food.
Eating clean is eating whole food, the real deal, the food without the ingredient list. So chopping veggies is a little extra work. You are worth it. Your health and the health of your family is worth it.
Now here’s the downer news when you start looking into cleaning up your diet….
GMO’s are genetically modified organisms, I didn’t really know what that meant. I thought is made the food grow bigger, faster, and brighter. Genetically modified organisms are chemically built to withstand pesticides. So the seeds are covered in pesticides and then when the crop starts growing it is covered in pesticides that will kill everything except for the plant that has been genetically modified to not die.
All food that is not organic is genetically modified and it does not legally need to be labeled.
The chemicals from the pesticides are impossible to remove from the food, it’s in the food, it will not wash off. These chemicals go into our bodies, we are unable to digest them well, the body gets stressed out and starts swelling and creating inflammation trying to fight the intruder. This is why it is important to look for organic when you can. If you want to learn more about GMO’s I watched a great documentary on Netflix called GMO OMG from the perspective of a young family, it was really well done.
Your very best bet to get clean food is from your local farmers market or grow it yourself.
Start a garden, it is so rewarding eating food fresh from the vine in your own backyard. It has motivated me to start a garden. I’ve been blessed with the space, tools, and resources to do so. Start with a window box on your balcony if it’s all you have.