One would think eating clean is simple, yet it is such a simple concept that our human brains often try to complicate it. And we humans are experts at complicating things.
Very simply stated, clean eating means to eat whole foods in their most natural form with as little processing or handling by others as possible. As a child, I used wander to the garden, pick berries, and eat them on the spot. That is about as clean eating as it gets (even including the dirt from the unwashed berries).
If you ate every food in its most natural form possible while remaining hygienic, you would be clean eating. Our ancestors gathered food rather than buying it in boxes and cans, and they ate very clean diets. Let’s face it, we are not our ancestors and gathering our own food isn’t going to cut it. So how can we eat as clean as possible?
Take an apple, for example.
An apple picked from the tree makes its way to your fruit bowl. You get hungry; you eat the apple. Clean, simple, no fuss. Not even a dish to wash.
You take half a dozen apples and your boil them down to make applesauce. No sugar added. Still clean. The pulp, or fibre, is still present so that you may benefit from it. Leave the skin so you will benefit from the nutrients held in the skin as well. The nutritional value of some foods decrease when cooked but overall apples hold up well. Adding cinnamon, a healthy spice, is delicious and nutritious.
Store bought applesauce can be clean if there is no added sugar and no preservatives. Applesauce from the store is a version of a canned food, which is just a way to preserve food. Canning has been around since the 18th century and is an ideal way to preserve foods that you are not going to eat immediately. If the ingredients list mentions sugar, find another brand.
Eat as much food as possible in its natural state whether pulled from the ground or picked from the tree. If you need to buy food in cans or boxes, choose items with the fewest ingredients possible with little or no sugar, salt or preservatives added.
Keep things simple and the health benefits will add up.
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