What Clean Eating Means
So, what does it mean when someone says they are “clean eating?” Honestly, it’s different for everyone. What’s normal for one, may not be for another. What’s healthy for one may be a disaster for another. These are some diets or styles of eating that are often considered clean eating styles.
Some fruits and vegetables aren’t compatible with some medications.
The following is a list of clean eating styles
- Gluten free
- Low Carb
Then there are the foods you may NOT have due to religious views, allergies, or diet restrictions
- red meat
- processed foods
I’m sure you get the idea. There may be a combination of diet restrictions that constitutes clean eating for different people for different reasons. Someone with type two diabetes is going to eat very differently than someone who is not diabetic.
Food and drug interactions
Let’s not forget how medications can also play a very prominent role in clean eating. Someone on blood thinners is not going to be eating food that promotes clotting (foods high in vitamin k)
Grapefruit is very problematic for all different kinds of medications, always check with your pharmacist or doctor to see if there are any foods that would be best avoided when beginning a new medication.
About the time I turned 47, I learned that I have a sensitivity to dairy and gluten. Could I say I was very strict about avoiding these foods? Perfect, I’m not. PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a condition that improves when avoiding dairy and simple carbs. (I wish I could say there was a cure but there isn’t one) This is just a sample of how eating clean for me is probably different for you.
Fitness styles affect the type of foods you may need
Furthermore, there is so much to consider for different body types and styles of fitness that the science that goes into figuring out what each individual needs on their journey is enough to make one’s head spin.
Different types of athletes will eat different ways according to their protein, calorie and fat demands. A bodybuilder isn’t going to eat the same way as a lean cyclist. A long distance runner may not eat the same way as a female who goes to the gym 4-5 days a week trying to obtain an hourglass figure.
Next time, if you hear the phrase “clean eating”, just know that you have to determine what’s going to work best for your body’s chemistry. You have to accommodate your body’s demands. Taking into consideration:
- Style of fitness
- Desired outcome
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Medical conditions
You Have to Practice Clean Eating According to Your Bodies Specific Needs.
So if I handed you a child size shoe, and I said, “Here, this is a lovely shoe. It’s brand new in this lovely shade of blue. Wear this shoe and you’ll love it.” If you are a 6’2″ tall man with a size 11 foot, that lovely child size shoe in blue, no matter how perfect it is, will not work for you. Everyone has to define for themselves what clean eating means for them.
What does clean eating mean to you? I would love to know your thoughts on this fascinating subject. Feel free to share this article if I was able to give you food for thought. (pun intended)
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