Are You Eating Clean?

January 7, 2008 at 5:04 am Leave a comment

One of the things I’ve been exploring recently is the concept of Clean Eating. Clean Eating is consistently eating high quality foods that are basically free of all unnatural additives. Clean foods are those without man-made sugars, hydrogenated fats, trans-fats and other unnecessary ingredients.

Robert Kennedy Publications, creator of Oxygen Magazine, has recently come out with Clean Eating Magazine after the success of Oxygen columnist Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet and Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook.

Weight Watchers teaches in general how to eat more healthfully. Because the Points system incorporates calories, fat and fiber, foods lower in fat and higher in fiber – usually healthier foods – have fewer points, so you can eat more of them. But, in reality, if you wanted to create your own All Twinkie Diet using the Weight Watchers system, you could, and you’d still lose weight. You probably wouldn’t be too healthy, but you’d drop pounds!

As I’ve grasped the concept of portion control, I’ve focused more and more – little by little – on making my diet as nutrient-rich as possible.

Questions I ask myself every day (and you can, too!)

  • Am I eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day?
  • If so, am I eating a variety – a colorful range – of fruits and vegetables?
  • How much fiber have I gotten today?
  • How much protein have I gotten today?
  • Has most of the food I’ve eaten been in its natural state?
  • Have I consumed at least

I actually keep track of many of these items in my food journal.  If you haven’t started keeping a food journal yet, I highly recommend it. It’s been another one of the keys to my success. If keeping a daily record of your diet is not doable for you right now, at least keep these questions in mind as you prepare your meals and make your food choices throughout the day.

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