If you have considered making a healthy lifestyle change you know that it can be incredibly intimidating and overwhelming. There is wide variation between different viewpoints of what being healthy actually is, and which steps you should be taking to get there. When I started trying to eat cleaner, I was worried that I wouldn’t be doing it right. Was I supposed to buy organic? Non GMO? Should I be vegan/gluten free/Paleo? Will this be affordable? Easy?
Eating Clean is for Salad Loving Hipsters
Now that I have your attention, let me whisper in your ear all the ways that this statement is FALSE!
Have you ever felt like this is true? I know I did! Even just the words “clean eating” were off putting and terrible. Pictures danced in my mind of impossibly thin yoga babes munching on kale and looking down their pretty noses at me for not buying Organic. As a (Self-proclaimed) “cool girl” I felt like eating in this way would somehow strip me of my edge or make me less authentic. After all I was a pizza eating, down to Earth gal who liked to swear and tell bad jokes. I had an image to uphold!
But the truth was that I actually was just misinformed about what clean eating is. And this is because clean eating as a statement has become an incredibly polarizing buzzphrase. I even did a whole write up on this.
However it is really not that complicated. If you are trying to incorporate more fresh foods into your diet you are trying to eat cleaner! If you are trying to buy organic, non GMO etc. etc. than you are trying to eat cleaner. If you are trying to reduce your consumption of commercially produced items and replace them with super easy alternatives made from fresher natural ingredients than you are trying to eat cleaner. Damn, if you even are trying to do this like 5% of the time then you are trying to eat cleaner.
How to Eat Clean
Its easy! Do what works for you.
I think that it’s clear that I adhere to the Big Tiny Steps Approach.
This is to follow a mainly plant-based diet, avoid sugar and sweeteners, and try to limit your intake of processed foods. These strategies are fairly straightforward, are approachable for most people regardless of where they are in their journey and can be crazy stupid easy to implement!
Like most things in life we seem to try and complicate things with rules, and standards and “should haves”. There are a million reasons why any of the changes I mentioned above are good for you, or recommended, or will bring great results. But I’ll tell you one thing, if something is not affordable, exciting and EASY to do (where my lazy people at?) then it wont get done. Period.
So how about we let go of the judgement and rules, Ok? Until even the smallest steps towards embracing a healthier lifestyle are celebrated as BIG WINS instead of “not good enough”, a lot of people will be put off by the prospect of making any steps at all. Instead of seeing steps towards a healthier life as a platform too short to reach our goals “properly”, lets see them as ladder rungs that are taking us in the right direction. Even if we don’t reach our goals we are higher than we started.
So eat your veggies people. Let your heart, wallet or head guide you, but for Goodness sake just try and do what works for you and leave the rules people on their impossible platforms.
Let’s start celebrating progress instead of shaming people’s individual choices. Its ridiculous that this is even a topic of discussion in the modern age. Food should be food, end of story! So let’s turn “clean eating” into a completely APPROACHABLE thing.
Because ultimately, eating clean is for YOU and ME and everyone trying to make changes, one step at a time 🙂