What lane have you picked?
Nine out of 10 people that I speak to daily identifies with a certain lifestyle eating plan. That plan can be vegan, keto, paleo, primal, omnivore, plant-based etc. The remaining people will say either they follow nothing and just eat ‘whatever’, or say something like; ‘I try to eat healthy’. The problem with any of these answers is that no one is identifying as a clean eater. They are assuming that because they picked a lane then that identification is somehow their ticket to clean eating. Well, that’s wrong!
What is Clean Eating Really About?
Clean eating isn’t about picking a lane or being trendy. It’s about being mindful! It’s knowing the ingredients in your food, understanding how the food was sourced and then making informed decisions. All of the lifestyle eating plans can be done ‘clean eating style’ but most people are blindly concerned with only the ‘types’ of food, rather than the ‘quality’ of the food.
For example, if you’re vegan and you eat French fries then that’s not clean eating. Industrial potatoes are one of the worst foods you can consume and the industrial oils (canola, cottonseed, soybean etc.) are just as bad as the industrial potato. Does that mean you can’t have French fries as a clean eater? No, it means you source organic potatoes and use avocado oil (or coconut oil) and then you can enjoy your fries. Another example is animal proteins. There are a lot of ‘high-protein’ diets that encourage you to eat all sorts of animal protein. However, they never discuss the quality of the protein or the sourcing of the protein. Eating industrial tuna several times/week or month does you a huge disservice because of the high mercury levels in tuna. You can have tuna as a clean eater if you’re just picking the options that are lower in mercury and consuming it 1 – 2x / month vs. several times/week. And chicken? Did you know Industrial chicken is one of the dirtiest meats you can consume?
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If the majority of the food you purchase is industrial and you want to make a concerted effort to ‘eat healthy’ then you need to really understand the ‘What are you Buying’ pyramid. Study it, reflect on it, and identify what you are currently doing. Ideally, you will evaluate where you are and where you want to go and start to make improvements. Then, you will really understand and start to practice the 10 Commandments for Clean Eating.
So clean eating is not about perfection, it’s about understanding the choices you make every day when it comes to food, exercise, cleaning products, clothes, makeup, furniture, accessories etc. It’s a lot to think about and that’s why we encourage you to start your journey. However, it’s not about the destination, it’s about taking your first steps to true lasting longevity. So, before you ‘pick a lane’, identify your own lane because it’s your lifestyle and only you can make the change.
So, what lane have you picked? It’s not that important as long as you eat clean!
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