Have you ever stopped to think about the ratio of fresh to processed food at your local grocery store? What about the ratio in your shopping cart? Think about the 14 or so aisles in the middle of the store where all the shelf-stable food resides. Now, think about how many ingredients are listed for simple foods like cereal, granola bars, cookies, potato chips, frozen meals and the like. It is estimated that around 70% of the diet in the U.S. is processed. Pretty gross, right?
And did you see the article from Prevention magazine that discussed the Fake Foods that you are eating? As a food lover, it makes me so sad to know that quality is compromised just for convenience and quantity. No offense but if cookies will stay "good" for upwards of a year, the components that make that possible can't be good for our bodies. Think about bread. If mold won't even grow on it, we've got a problem mister!
Introduce clean eating! Clean eating is the movement to control what you eat. Basically, you ditch processed foods and refined sugars for more natural and raw version of food. In all honesty, it is how food was intended to be eaten. I've been clean eating for a solid year now and cannot stand the thought of going back. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I don't buy organic because it just so expensive but I keep it fresh and under 8 ingredients. I am of the firm belief that I should not have read a paragraph of ingredients for a stinking granola bar. Shouldn't that just be granola, nuts, honey and maybe dried fruit? And with the aid of Pinterest, clean eating is easier than ever! You can find hundreds, literally hundreds, of recipes to replace the yuck-tastic pre-packaged versions of your favorite foods.
How do you go about doing it? It is pretty simple. Start by shopping the perimeter of the store. Aldi is a great place for produce because it is on the cheap. Do whatever you can to skip the pre-packaged sections if you can. Avoid anything that includes high fructose corn syrup or a derivative. Ditch soda and artificial sweetener. Chemicals are literally the enemy here.
Do you clean eat? Have you ever tried it? What are some of your favorite clean eating recipes?