Clean Eating

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Matt and I are trying a new 'diet'.
Not a salad only, starve yourself diet.
We are eating clean...eating things the way nature entended.

Our reasons:
1. We are trying to get back into shape. We need to feed our bodies with the proper nutrition so that we are healthy inside and out. It will give us energy and make us feel better all around. We will eat to make our bodies thrive, instead of filling them with garbage because we have a craving or because we are just bored.
2. Eating Clean is easier. The fewer the ingredients in a recipe, the better. This will definately help me out in the kitchen!
3. It's about choosing fresh, whole foods with all of their nutrients intact. This means no boxed meals or processed food While they may be conveinient, they are also detrimental to your health.
Here is list of typical processed foods:

  • White wheat flour, especially bleached white flour
  • Refined sugars (crystalline fructose, maltodextrin, dextrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, maple syrup, date sugar, cane sugar, brown rice syrup, corn sugar, beet sugar, agave syrup, etc..)
  • Margarine and other hydrogenated vegetable fats
  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Food additives
  • Canned foods
  • Boxed foods such as meal mixes, cereal and pasta
  • Soft drinks and sugary "fruit" drinks, which are loaded with white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors and other food additives.
  • Fast food, which is a source of trans fats
  • Cheese food, packaged cakes and cookies, chips, snack food crackers and other junk food
  • Processed meat products (sausage, bologna, bacon, packaged ham, and salami) if they contain artificial colors and soy fillers.
  • Frozen foods such as tv dinner meals, fish sticks, pizza rolls and similar foods
  • Soy products such as soy milk, soy cheese, soy protein isolate, and other processed soy foods. Natural soybeans taste horrible; it's Nature's way of warning about the dangers of soy. In order to make soy products edible, soy manufacturers have to add large amounts of sugar, MSG and other flavorings and spices.
  • Powdered milk and eggs: Commercial milk powders contain oxysterols (oxidized cholesterol) in high amounts. The oxysterol free radicals have been suspected of being initiators of atherosclerotic plaques. Powdered eggs contain even more oxysterols.

  • So far, our grocery list has been pretty darn good. But we are still going through the rest of food that was bought before the clean eating began. I admit I had two regular cokes-not even diet, and I had some no so good for me meals-out this weekend. But today is a new day and it's back to the gym for some serious work.

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