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Clean Diet - a Balanced Diet to Feel Better

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It started from the minds of the detox creators and has been growing as a trend in food. It is clean eating, something that has been a recurring theme in the media around the world, over the past few years.

The great guidelines of this method dictate that our diet should be based only on the consumption of organic and unprocessed foods, avoiding, whenever possible, the added sugars (choosing natural substitutes to sweeten), consuming healthy fats, drinking water and cooking with techniques traditional non-aggressive.

This concept being a true return to the past of food, clean eating proposes a cleansing of our organism, in order to eliminate everything that is processed and modified food. The fundamental issue that this style of eating takes into account is the path that a particular food took until it reached us.

This diet pattern, concentrated on fresh and whole foods (as close to their natural state as possible) presupposes an easy and pleasant lifestyle as long as the general guidelines are, in fact, followed, always looking for maximum nutritional benefits.

From where should we start?

So, if we want to move towards this new concept in our lives, we must start by eating more vegetables and more fruits that, undeniably, are healthier. Loaded with fibers, vitamins, plant compounds and minerals that help fight inflammation and protect cells from external damage, these foods are effectively associated with a reduction in the risk of certain pathologies (particularly those related to cardiac). Because they can be eaten raw, most fruits and vegetables represent the best choices for consumption in this type of diet. This means that the choice of organic products can help us to make our food more “clean”, increasing our health. To incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diet we can start by making our salads more colorful, including the same three different vegetables and adding chopped apple or orange slices to our favorite dishes.

In the topic of eliminating processed foods (as opposed to the healthy lifestyle we aspire to, as they have been modified from their purely natural state) it can be said that they have lost most of their nutrients. However, that same majority gained sugar and chemicals, precursors to multiple diseases.

In order to be able to follow a lifestyle that is part of the clean eating register, it is important to know how to read labels, to make sure that there are no preservatives, added sugars or unhealthy fats; avoid using vegetable oils (highly processed) and opt for olive oil; and avoid added sugar in any form.

Remember that this is a type of diet that represents a way of eating that not only increases our health but also helps us to better appreciate the natural flavors of food, in addition to supporting sustainable agriculture and environmentally healthy eating practices .

© 2020 Manuela

Comments

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on August 04, 2020:

nice piece!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 04, 2020:

Good tips. Thanks.

Manuela (author) from Portugal on July 25, 2020:

Thank you Risha, it is all a matter of habit, I used to eat junk food but not anymore. I am glad you liked the article.

Thank you Liza, sometimes I prepare a smoothie for breakfast, it is a great way to start our day.

Nella, I am Glad you liked the article. Thank you!

Thank you Danny, blueberries are indeed great for our health.

Risha Khan from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh on July 25, 2020:

Amazing article,Manuela. This was very much needed because in these times of lockdown we are having home-cooked food. There are times I do feel like eating junk food and I can't help it. Your article encourages healthy eating habits that prove to be beneficial for better metabolism. Vegetables and fruits are important for living a healthy life. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!

Liza from USA on July 24, 2020:

As much as I love cooking, I pay attention to healthy eating as well. Smoothie is one of the best ways to start of my day before I work out. In a day, I set a goal of how much I want to burn calories. I feel good after doing my work out. Thanks for sharing the article, Manuela. I take note of some of the points to add to my daily routine.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on July 24, 2020:

Good advice and well written

Danny from India on July 24, 2020:

The picture looks so tempting, especially with blueberries. They are antioxidant kings. Well written Manuela.