I love food (heck that is why I became a dietitian!). I love bread, I love cupcakes, I love cheese, I love yogurt, I love tomatoes. The only foods I dislike are cottage cheese (I can't get over the texture!) and brussel spouts (but I have been experimenting and liking it more lately!).
I have a (not so secret) love of cook books and diet books (they are fascinating reads, really). I love reading about veganism, gluten free, clean eating, paleo, keto -- the list can go on!
The first time I heard about clean eating, I was about 2/3 of the way through my undergrad program in nutritional science and working in a little retail boutique next to a Barnes and Noble. One day, before my work shift, I was perusing through the cooking/nutrition/diet section and saw Tosca Reno's book "The Eat Clean Diet Recharged"
That was in 2010 and since then clean eating trend has erupted. I hear clients every day tell me "I'd like to eat cleaner" or "I eat clean most of the time". But like every other fad diet, I have to ask "What does that mean to you?". For some, clean eating means eating no processed foods (you do realize that yogurt, cottage cheese, and even oats are processed right?), for others it meant cutting out gluten, dairy, and sugar (gluten free bread and honey are not necessarily healthier alternatives).
But it is time to put my foot down. I don't eat "clean". I don't have any medical reason to give up wheat or gluten, dairy, legumes, or any random color or type of fruit and vegetable, or even processed foods.
I don’t villainy a food or a type of food.
By categorizing food as clean or dirty, it can create an unhealthy obsession with food and lead to disordered eating.
Income can be a limiting factor - especially if everything MUST be organic, free-range, cage-free, etc.
I eat sustainably, locally, and healthily. I try to get a whole grain, a vegetable, a protein, and some fat at every meal. I don't feel guilty if I eat a cupcake or have a treat.
If you are struggling with your diet: going from clean eating to paleo to keto and still can't seem to find food balance and happiness, work with me to create a sustainable, healthy diet to reach your health and diet goals.
Tell me in the comments below, do you "eat clean" and what does that means to you.
Until next time,
Amanda Rosenberg, RDN