Nutrition, and what is considered clean eating, is a spectrum. We’re all comfortable wherever we are, assuming we’re “normal”… and as we learn more, we shift a little further until that becomes the new “normal”.
Some think I’ve gone too far to want homemade kefir for breakfast, to pack kale soup for lunch, to put coconut oil in my coffee, and to say “no thanks” to most stuff from a bag or box. Others are scandalized to learn that I eat loads of dairy, red meat, and salt. (Not to mention I am a sucker for potato chips and ice cream).
Ninety percent of the time, I WANT to eat food I’ve made myself from ingredients that don’t have ingredients. For example, fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, fish and nuts. The other 10% of the time when I feel like a dessert or a cheeseburger, I just go for it because–hey–it’s only 10% of my diet!
For Clean Eating, Start With Reading
How do you get to the point where you want to eat this way? Part of it comes from reading labels diligently… even on products your mom used to buy and brands you’ve trusted forever. Even seemingly identical products like canned tuna or canned tomatoes can differ wildly. Make it a point to read and compare ingredient lists and nutrition tables.
The more you read labels, the more you’ll choose products with fewer additives and minimal ingredients. And you might even leave products with an ingredients list on the shelf. Whether your objectives are to build muscle or shed pounds, sleep better or simply feel better; putting better fuel in the machine will make the machine run better.