What is clean eating and 5 clean eating habits

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I wonder how many of you have been reading this blog for a long time. Like since end of 2006 when it started. Not many my guess. But even if you’ve not been with me right at the beginning but started reading this space some years ago, you may have noticed that I’ve switched gear quite a bit and all the adjustments have something to do with changes in my lifestyle. Most obviously, I’ve slowed down on my posting schedule. Behind the scenes, I’ve actually been culling many old posts to position this blog as one focusing on green beauty. Perhaps a natural progression from going green is my latest interest in clean eating. I think someone just said “HUH? What in the world is clean eating?” Well, that’s the topic I like to get your attention on today. (^_^)

Okay, just to be clear, I’m not going to define clean eating. That job is for experts who are paid because they’re qualified enough to tell you if clean eating is a trend or a movement. There is a well-written article I read at CNN by a registered dietitian titled “What Is Clean Eating“. You can check it out. In this post, what I like to do is to share with you my take on the topic and what it means for me. Perhaps it’ll inspire you to embrace the concept as well and join me on this new food journey.

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First off, I need to say that I eat for beauty sake. My food choices are governed by the effects it has on my skin. Yes, I’m so vain. I don’t care about eating for health but obviously and fortunately, eating for beauty means eating healthy too. I have said time and again, you are what you eat and I have experienced first-hand that bad choices of food will most definitely result in bad skin.

I am no food snob. Well, hardly. But since learning about clean eating, I’ve been paying more attention to what I put in my mouth and learning to prepare my own food too. Let’s just say I’m just an aspiring clean eater and here are some of the clean eating habits I’ve picked up:

1. Learning to read food ingredient labels
I now pore over food labels like how I do with skin care products. But my knowledge with food ingredients is low and I’m still learning. When I shop for food items, I avoid those that list sugar, salt or dairy as the first few ingredients.

2. Avoiding processed foods as far as possible
My husband was the first one to teach me this. Every time I try to pick up something interesting from the supermarket that’s packed in a bag, can or box, he’ll point out to me that the item is processed. So I try not to purchase canned food or packet food if possible but I’ll admit that this isn’t always feasible. Not all processed food are unhealthy. I eat canned tuna because that’s the only tuna I know. I make pasta with ready made sauce anyway. So some processed food are a necessity so to me and this is a guideline more than a rule.

3. Cutting down on soft drinks
This one is a definite no no and it didn’t happen just recently. I’ve cut back on sugary drinks a few years ago. I used to drink a can of coke every day but if you ask me now, I’ll say no to coke and most sweetened drinks without batting an eyelid.

4. Buying fresh foods as far as possible
Obviously, the best option is to go fresh as far as possible. Fresh vegetables, fresh meat and fresh fish. It’ll be even better if I can go organic.

5. Avoiding GMO foods
While I would love to go organic with my food choices, I don’t find it viable. But one thing I consciously avoid is to steer clear of GMO foods, at least those I know of. Like for a few years now, I don’t eat seedless grapes anymore.

But before you start thinking I’m some clean eating bore, I must admit that I still feast on cakes and I do munch on some snacks…in moderation. I’m certainly no Gwyneth Paltrow so while I just like the idea of eating whole, unrefined food where possible, I won’t deny myself some occasional indulgences. You can say I’m no purist in that sense.

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