Before I start my Clean Eating Adventure, I decided to read the introduction and first couple of chapters in “The Clean Eating Cookbook and Diet” to gain a better, or perhaps, more firm understanding of what I needed to do to, realize, to aid in my journey. The following are points that I found most helpful, and some are points that I know are going to be difficult on this journey.
“Clean Eating is about a lifetime of enjoying natural, unprocessed foods that taste good and nourish you, paving the way to a stronger, fitter body” (1). Okay this sounds pretty good right. I knew going into this that it would cause a lifestyle change, and I am completely ready for that, but what do I have to give up to make this come true? I was soon to find out in later chapters.
In the introduction, bullet points arrange the information that is presented in the book. The most informational one said this, [the book will include] “Important information about how to prepare and cook your Clean Eating foods once you bring them home from the supermarket. Knowing which cooking methods to use, becoming familiar with herbs and spices, and understanding your many whole-grain options are invaluable when eating cleanly” (1). I am thinking, okay this is great! I love trying new things and learning new ways to cook. A big smily face to that!
Part One: Fundamentals of Clean Eating, Chapter One Clean Eating Principles
This chapter gives a basic outline of the definitions, history, science, and benefits of clean eating. Here are a couple of the major points:
Clean Eating is (5):
- a way of eating that’s sustainable over your entire life and will let you enjoy peak health while savoring delicious foods.
- about choosing foods that are as close to their natural state as possible
- You will cut out foods of any kind, such as sugar, refined grain, and saturated fats, and replace them with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and good fats.
- a genuine commitment to better health and eating what nurtures and nourishes your body.
This History (6):
Clean Eating has its roots in the 1960s and 1970s in the natural whole-foods revolution that promoted unprocessed (and ideally organic) foods.
The next section, The Experts’ view: Science and Research, is bulleted and each main point is cited. Here is a very brief review of the principles.
- Eat small meals every two to three hours
- Never skip a meal, and always carry Clean Eating foods with you
- Watch portion sizes
- Consume good fats, limit saturated fats, and avoid trans fats
- Avoid processed foods, refined ingredients, and sugar
This section also goes on to say the Clean Eating lifestyle has its emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, good fats, and lots of water. Also, exercise is a must. They explain that moving your body and weight training can reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and help prevent osteoporosis. Clean Eating is based on Common Sense rather than Science.
The last portion of this chapter explains the benefits of Clean Eating based on compelling patterns from years of information of people participating in Clean Eating.
Here are the benefits:
- Glowing, Clear Skin (alright! no more adult acne)
- Lustrous hair (who wouldn’t want that!)
- Improved immunity (always a plus)
- Better Sleep (this is a huge one for me, Lord knows I could use more and better sleep)
- Loss of body fat (again, +++)
- Increase of muscle mass (time to tone up)
- Increased energy (as a fulltime career woman, grad student, wife, and homemaker, and natural ways to promote energy increase is something I am defiantly looking forward to)
- Improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels (heck yes!)
- Better mood and improved mental clarity (YES please, again grad student, I need all the help I can get)
- Decreased risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke (considering almost all of these things run in my family, a few preventive messures cannot hurt)
- General feeling of good health
- Bonus benefits include: Decreased grocery bills, Feeling full rather than starved, Not having to count calories, fat, carbs, or points, not having to buy expensive prepackaged foods, feeling more confident because you feel better physically (9).
So needless to say, the Clean Eating diet sounds pretty good. I think so far one of the hardest things for me is to lay off the sugar. I use it every morning in my coffee, so we shall see how that goes. Today I am heading to the grocery store to procure some of the necessities to start preparing my body for a better diet. I am very excited and nervous still, but I will let you know how it goes. Also, I am planning on trying my first recipe from the book, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Sounds pretty good right. More info and pictures to come.