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The Eat Clean Diet

THE EAT CLEAN DIET

Eating clean basically means eating food that has not been processed or refined and is as close to its natural form as possible.  This also means excluding foods that contain artificial ingredients, are grown using chemicals and pesticides and bred with the help of hormones or antibiotics.  The diet is very much based on the concept of “you are what you eat”.

PROS

Weight-loss:  By swapping processed foods with lots of additives for natural food you will begin lose weight.  This has been proven in many studies.

You will not be hungry:  The eat clean diet recommends you eat six smaller meals a day as it is more healthy to eat little and often.  This will also prevent you from feeling hungry.

It is not a raw food diet:  Cooked food is not completely in its natural state but as long as is fresh and unprocessed you can cook it and still stick to the diet.

It is flexible:  It is up to you how ‘clean’ you go.  While some people choose to just cut out processed foods others also choose to only eat seasonal foods, avoiding imported goods and only buying meat produced to high animal welfare standards.

Health benefits: Studies have proven that clean eating prevents conditions such as anaemia and osteoporosis, can reduce the risk of heart disease, having a stroke and even certain types of cancer.  You will also appear healthier as it also has benefits for your hair, skin and nails.  Those following the diet also say that they feel more healthy and less tired.

It is sustainable:  The eat clean diet is easy to sustain over a long period of time.  It is supported by many dietician and its creator prefers it to be thought of as a lifestyle change rather than a diet.  You will be eating different foods from what you are used to but you will feel just as full and may even eat more often than you are used to.

CONS

A lot of label reading:  It is advisable that you read the labels on the food you buy before making a purchase.  You may find it surprising how many foods that seem clean have a lot of added sugar and artificial ingredients.

More time consuming:  Easy to cook ready-meals are processed and have lots of added ingredients for flavour.  Eating clean involves eating a lot of fresh produce which will mean more time preparing and cooking meals.

No alcohol:  Alcohol is certainly not close to the foods natural form and has much added to it so is not considered part of clean eating.

Conclusion: The eat clean diet is a sustainable, long-term diet.  It encourages eating food that is not processed and does not contain additives and flavourings.  A simple question to ask yourself when buying food is “How close is this to its natural form?” The eat clean diet is not very restrictive with regards to what you can eat and encourages you to eat often ensuring that you never get hungry.  It is all about what you eat rather than how much.