Monday, 30 September 2013

Clean Eating for Dummies

Where ever you are today there are people talking about raw food, paleo diets, quit sugar, low carb, high protein and anything else you could possibly think of.  For someone like me, it definitely is a complete and utter brain overload.  Searching on the internet and reading each plan as it's own merits, sounds good on paper, and unless you happen to be a trained nutritionist or have substantial knowledge in nutrition it is difficult to see the flaws.

"Clean eating", another phrase that is being thrown around a lot.  What is it really?  It is simply the practice of avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods.  Simple really, until you sit down and realise that generally everything that is consumed today is processed in one form or another.  Just like that tub of pavlova icecream, I nearly completely consumed.  100% processed but delicious all the same.  There is a market for people like myself, someone really needs to pen a book, "clean eating for dummies".   

I don't intend to be gungho and focus on clean eating and nothing else.  However I know that I am at a point now with my journey that if I want to see any more changes in my shape, I need to work on my diet.  Like I've heard many a trainer tell me 80% diet 20% exercise.  I can exercise until I am a crying heap in the corner but if I come home and then inhale every item of food in my house, then I will see minimal change.  For me I need to take small steps, make small changes.  I do know that I need to make these changes, I have seen minimal change over the last six to nine months or so and my focus to my exercise and diet are starting to falter because of it.

Breakfast and lunch are the two easiest meals for me to change, simply because they involve myself only, even then I still slip up.  However they don't require me battling my delightful Miss 7 fusspot, who refuses to try most things, so extreme baby steps on this one.  I have found some recipes which are not too far removed from our normal dinner time stables.  White bean burgers are one that I have on the list for this week.  If I get the blend and the look right, I'm sure I'll be able to get it past her.  Miss 5 on the other hand is my partner in crime, willing to try anything that I serve up to her.  When you do have two other mouths to feed, it isn't quite as simple.  You need to accommodate everyone.  I don't run a restaurant, so when I cook, the one meal needs to suit everyone's tastes. 

My plan for introducing a "more" clean eating lifestyle to my little family is simple -
1.  Small changes, such as changing the contents of Miss 5s lunchbox at school to be more fruit and vegetable based and limit the processed muesli bars that Miss 7 has in hers. 
2.  Ensure that the girls are involved with meal planning process, from selecting the meals for the week to helping prepare them. 
3.  Keep reading and learning more about what we are choosing to eat and what it has in it.  Knowledge is power.

Oh look at this, it appears someone has penned a book Eating Clean for dummies, found my new reading material.

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