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Clean Eating 101
This week we channel Jessie Whitesell, wellness coach and member of our Food Adventure Crew. She wrote our weekly article for Dayton Most Metro, and it really hits home with most of us.
So here we are…. WEEK 5 into the NEW YEAR, 2019.
Most of us make resolutions, some set goals, others have wishful thinking …..all about how to approach their health and
wellness with an edge.
This is going to be the year :
“I lose the weight.”
“I get fit.”
“I lose the belly tire.”
“I build muscle.”
“I eat clean.”
What does that even mean….CLEAN EATING?
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON CLEAN EATING:
Clean eating is preparing and eating food as close as nature intended it to be. Clean eating is a lifestyle choice. It is a decision to fuel your body in the way that nature designed it to optimally function. It is not deprivation, counting calories, measuring food, or adding up points. None of that nonsense that makes you rub up to the notion that food is good or bad or that connects guilt and shame to your “number game”. Clean eating is a practice that focuses on quality over quantity.
Can you really eat too many leafy greens?
Next week marks WEEK 6 into the new calendar year. Current research in the health industry shows us that this
is a pivotal point on the calendar. People who have been working toward their health and fitness goals for the new year more than likely hit a roadblock at 6 weeks and quit.
More than likely they feel deprived, their willpower is spent, they are tired of measuring and weighing their carbs, and disconnected to tuning in to the process of how foods make them feel.
People are often so eager to create quick, radical change that they load on too many new changes and they can’t keep it all afloat. The overwhelm takes over, they are done with juggling it all and quit.
The idea behind clean eating is that it is a sustainable approach to be carried out for a lifetime. Letting go of boxed foods, frozen processed meats and entrees, pre-packed snacks, and creating fresh meals with real food.
Single ingredient foods even.
When you strip the foods down to their bare bones, your ingredients list gets shorter, if there even is one, as foods closest to their natural state won’t be filled with unpronounceable chemical preservatives.
With the rise of convenience foods, cooking and preparing food at home has become a lost art and is rarely now a skill being passed down to the next generation.
If you have an interest in eating clean as the calendar pages continue to turn, may we suggest you take your next FOOD ADVENTURE along the perimeter of one of the best grocers in town. A local gem to the Dayton area is our own Dorothy Lane Market. Locally owned and operated since 1948, it began as a fruit stand. Today DLM encompasses three exquisite markets well-known for their fresh and healthy options, quick deli take-out, and specialty items. Be sure to take advantage of their pre-cut fruit and vegetables that offer a colossal variety of noodled, cubed, and sliced produce to help getting dinner on the table a bit easier.
Paying a few extra dollars, to keep your eating clean, is often worth every dime, so you stay on track with your
goals. Clean eating can be easily executed with simple planning and frequent trips to Dorothy Lane Market for the most beautiful and fresh produce in town.
Another great spot is Whole Foods Market on 725 near McEwen Rd. They have a lot to offer for clean eating and Whole 30 compliance. In fact there is a free seminar at Whole Foods, Saturday Morning February 9th at 10am at the store located at 1050 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Yours truly will be hosting the fun, fact filled Q and A. Please join us if you are curious. It is much bigger than food. See you there !!!
Food Adventures is a Dayton food blog with feature articles appearing each week here, exclusively on Dayton Most Metro. The Big Ragu, Jackie and Jessie will explore everything Dayton has to offer on the food scene. We have no rules, and your humble Food Adventurers will leave no plate unturned.
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