Is Clean Eating Just Another Fad?



clean eating fruit dishI’m feeling my weekend of less-than-stellar meals this morning.  Actually, I started feeling them Saturday morning when I woke up with puffy eyes and generally feeling off.  I was out of town, and while we thought we were choosing good restaurants to dine in, we were wrong.   Friday night’s dinner was particularly bad, both in taste and quality.  Saturday’s lunch was, well, awful.  At least Saturday night’s dinner was just mediocre.  Sunday was a step up, but I’m glad to get back to my usual eating routine today.

Many people would describe my eating routine as clean eating. It’s a term that’s got a lot of confusion surrounding it these days.

So that gets us to the question posed in the title of this post. If it’s defined the way I think about it, “clean eating” isn’t just another diet that classifies foods as good or bad.  As I discuss in Clean Eating: Just Another Weight Loss Diet Fad?”,  it’s about whole foods eaten in a balanced proportion.

But I add a twist that’s not often in the definition. I think it’s about food that tastes great, too.  For me, eating well is about enjoyment as much as how it makes me feel.  Can we really separate the two things?

The above post talks about my definition of clean eating in more detail but here’s a short list of what I see as the benefits.

Clean eating:

  • helps you start each day with enthusiasm and energy.
  • makes you look forward to feeling hungry and satisfying that hunger with good-tasting foods that make you feel great as you eat them and after.
  • changes what you want to eat so there’s no push-pull when it comes to making decisions about food.
  • helps re-balance your body, including your metabolism and ultimately your muscle/fat ratio.
  • reduces risk for chronic illness such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome and more.

Be sure to read down to the section in the post titled “There’s Still Room for Ice Cream”.  The title says it all.  And that’s a relief to many of us who are struggling with diet deprivation.  Clean eating really doesn’t mean giving up foods; it just means focusing on the quality of the foods we eat.

So as I write this post, I’m sipping tea and wrapping my mind around taking a walk before I get going on all the work on my plate today.  I’ve never been one to go along with fads so while clean eating may sound like one, I’m sure glad I’ve found a definition I can live with.

What do you think about clean eating?

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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