When I chat to many of you in class about my eating habits and lifestyle, you’re often a little startled about what I eat, when I eat and why, so I thought I’d write a series of articles giving you a little bit more information about the nutrition plan I follow, how it’s helped me, and how it can ultimately help you too.
Clean eating works on the principle that you cut out all processed foods from your diet and go for more natural ingredients that are fresh, healthy and chemical-free.
I don’t really like the word “diet” in any context to be honest, and would argue that clean eating isn’t actually a diet, because I, and many other people I know around me, have been following clean eating for well over 4 years now, and seeing and feeling fantastic as a result.
I prefer to refer to clean eating as a lifestyle choice instead.
There are variations of the clean eating such as the Caveman or Paleo diet, but essentially, if what you put on your plate doesn’t come from the earth, it doesn’t walk, doesn’t swim or fly, then don’t eat it!
Check out the ingredients and nutritional information labels on some of the foods you conveniently eat.
If you can’t pronounce the names of some of the preservatives and ingredients that ‘bulk’ up your food to keep them fresher for longer, then you may want to have a re-think.
By the time a baby is born, it has been exposed to a huge number of chemicals, and these don’t just come from the food you eat, they’re also contained in your hair products, face cream, body lotion, perfume and washing detergent.
It’s all about eating good quality ingredients (organic where possible), and cutting out all of the nasties like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy and wheat-based products and limiting the starchy carbs like pasta, rice, potatoes and bread.
If you check out my Instagram feed you’ll see my meals consist mainly of lots of lean protein eg meat, fish and eggs, and a heck of a lot of green leafy vegetables on the side.
To be honest, the green vegetables are the key, which I’ll explain in a further article for you and give you ideas on how to introduce more leafy veg into your regime too.
Although you might think it’s all doom and gloom on this plan, clean eating is pretty much common sense, isn’t it really?
And, I can’t tell you how much of a energy boost it is. I can’t actually remember the last time I woke up hungry. Seriously.
I don’t know about you, but what with various meat scandals (remember that horse meat one in France a few years ago?), just generally more so than ever, I actually like to know what’s in my food.
And, to be fair, the joy I get from cooking my meals scratch, spicing things up with my own home grown herbs and chilli peppers etc doesn’t just help my gut, it helps improve my mindset too.
Still eating cereal for breakfast?
I don’t, because
a) it’s incredibly high in sugar (and salt), and
b) how many processes do you think that product has gone through to be able to present you with a something that resembles a ‘flake’, ‘cluster’ of goodness?
To be honest, I rarely eat breakfast, and if I do it’ll either be leftovers from last night’s dinner (who says you can’t have chicken stir fry in the morning?), or I’ll boil or fry up a few eggs and have them with beans, broccoli or with salad leaves. You can check out what I eat for breakfast here.
If you’d like further information about clean eating, how I do it, what the benefits are to you and your baby, and what foods I eat and drink to replace the nasty ones, click here for tonnes of clean eating recipe ideas.