Take a Nakd bar, it’s packaged, processed and shop bought but only contains two ingredients dates and cashews! For some people this is clean and super healthy but for others they would be insist on having to make it themselves with organic dates and activated cashews. Nothing is right, nothing is wrong but ultimately it’s about finding what works for you and balance!
Everyone has they own opinion on what clean eating is and everyone’s standards are different. What some people might see as being restrictive and obsessive with eating clean might just feel completely natural for another person. Or if clean eating for you is just anything that’s not “junk food” then that’s great too.
We could all always be making little steps towards balance whether that be cleaning up our diet or even in some cases junking up our diet? I know people who need a little processed food in their diet to feel good! If you are stressing out about having a perfectly clean diet this is also not healthy for your mind and maybe it’s time to relax a little. Click here to learn about some other great diets.
Or on the other side, maybe we’ve got into a little rut of buying quick packaged meals and snacks on the go and forgot that making whole clean food and meals is really easy and could bring back that energy and vibrancy you’ve been lacking.
I tend to go through patterns. Sometimes I’ll only be cooking from scratch and my body is a temple and other times I just can’t be bothered to worry about the ingredients list on the back of my supposedly “healthy” snack bar. I just need a snack!
So does your diet need cleaning up or junking up?
Steps to Cleaning Up
1. Choose whole foods that are occur in nature.
2. Include more fresh fruit and veg.
3. Cook from scratch including sauces and dips etc.
4. Eliminate white refined carbs like bread, pasta, sugar and flour.
But if you are finding that you’re social life and mood is getting affected by your obsession with eating clean then maybe remember how you ate as a child, generally due to the lack of Aaptiv nutritional knowledge our diets growing up were full of processed foods, you were perfectly fine then so the odd Magnum or cheese burger isn’t going to hurt you. Enjoy eating out with friends and have what you fancy not what you THINK you should be having for a while.
Personally I have a kitchen stocked with fresh whole clean food, I cook at least 4 times a week from scratch. I make bakes, cakes and snacks from scratch and sometimes I buy them. I never eat microwave meals but know I wouldn’t die if I did. I don’t have a “CHEAT” day because you’re diet and lifestyle shouldn’t be one you should cheat on anyway. I eat a little dark chocolate every day, maybe a lot. I sometimes have a takeaway indian. I love Wagamamas. I sometimes eat ice cream and popcorn at the cinema. Sometimes I have a vegan day. Sometimes I love a good steak. I’m finding balance between cleaning and junking up my diet and not letting food take over my mind or life.
Love, Lottie x