pHresh & Clean Eating

What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept and today it is a major movement, spurred by people from all walks of life who want to feel good about what they’re putting in their bodies. At its simplest, clean eating is about eating WHOLE foods – those that are in their most natural state. This means avoiding processed foods, foods with loads of preservatives, foods with added sugar, and foods with high levels of bad fats {some saturated fats/all trans fats}. Alternatively, you want to avoid foods that have been stripped of their nutritional value and/or have been injected with chemicals. Although clean eating may appear to be relatively new, the principles of this plan are not. The principles are based on current nutrition science and are similar to recommendations made by many public health organizations. This sound approach to eating and living well maximizes your energy and optimizes your health, making it more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle, with built-in flexibility, meaning it can be adapted to fit most any kind of routine. “Clean Eating” dates back to the natural health food movement of the 1960’s, which shunned processed foods for the sake of moral and societal values {rather than health and nutrition issues}. Recently, however, it made the jump into mainstream America, rejuvenating and inspiring a new generation of healthy eaters. YAY!!

Here are some of the core principles of today

  • Choose whole, natural foods and seek to eliminate processed foods. Processed foods are anything in a box, bag, can, or package, and although there are always a few exceptions to the rule, the majority of your foods should be fresh, local and organic whenever possible.
  • Choose unrefined over refined foods. Choose whole grains like brown rice, millet, amaranth, and quinoa. Beans and legumes are also important. Some clean alternatives to sugar are Honey, Maple Syrup and Medjool Dates. Stay away from the Agave!
  • Include some protein, carbohydrate and healthy fat at every meal. Most of us typically do well with carbohydrates and fat, but we often lack protein, especially in the early part of the day, like at breakfast and lunch. Protein is an important muscle-builder, and it can also help curb your appetite. When eaten throughout the day, it keeps us feeling full longer. Be aware of the kinds of meals you put together and space out your protein.
  • Watch out for unhealthy fats, salt, and sugar. This is easier than you think, particularly if you’ve cut out processed foods, which are responsible for most of our excess calories and high levels of fat, sugar, and salt. Clean foods are usually naturally low in all of these ingredients.
  • Get moving. Regular physical activity is a must for many reasons. Not only does it decrease fat, strengthen and build muscle, and help you burn more energy at rest, it keeps your heart, lungs, and bones healthy and strong.

“Sometimes we are so busy or overwhelmed with so many choices that we just don’t allow for change, that’s where pHresh & Clean comes in, we simplify it all, make it more palatable, so to say!”