Clean Eating

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Clean Eating

Chris Goetz - Friday, March 20, 2015

Clean Eating for Better Health

Goetz with CaptionEvery so often a new way of looking at food emerges or gains in popularity. From raw foods to low carb diets and everything in between. Many have their merits and most are based on sound science. Clean eating is founded on common sense and on the idea that what we buy at the grocery store has changed drastically over the last couple of generations. As you can imagine, that change has not been for the better.

The concept of clean eating involves cutting processed and refined foods from one's diet, and basing it instead on whole foods like fruits and vegetables, grass fed meats, fish caught in the wild, and whole grains as well as other unpackaged foods. Organic grown and bred foods are best since they are free of pesticides, hormones and the like so common in today's packaged foods. By eating mostly at home, and preparing and cooking your own meals, you remain in control of the foods you consume.

This tends to be closer to the way our parents and grandparents ate just last century when it was more common to buy ingredients and make meals from scratch. Even something like ground beef was prepared at home. If you buy a good steak and run it through a meat grinder, you're sure of what ends up on the plate.

The benefits of clean eating also make sense. Better nutrition is achieved by consuming foods that have not had their nutrients stripped from them and are not heavy in sugar, salt and fat. Those three items, in their various forms, are very popular on processed food labels. Eating the right nutrient rich foods helps to combat disease and weight gain, keeps many toxins out of the body and makes you feel healthy and energetic. Furthermore, clean eating facilitates digestion and keeps biological processes running efficiently.

Following a Few Rules Makes Clean Eating Easy

Clean eating is not difficult to accomplish. It allows for many of the foods you know and love. You simply eat healthier and more nutritious versions of those foods. One requirement is a willingness to prepare and cook meals. Clean eating does away with the convenience of prepackaged and instant foods. The following are the simple guidelines to follow for clean eating.

  • Avoid Processed Foods - that's just about anything that has a label and most restaurant foods
  • Avoid Refined Sugar - included in many processed foods, substitute natural sweeteners
  • Eat Whole Foods - foods that come directly from farms or your own back yard are good examples, organic is best
  • Eat Grass Fed Meat - and fish caught in the wild
  • Prepare and Cook Your Own Meals - it is the best way to control what you eat

Ultimately, clean eating is about eating food in it's most natural state. Cook basic ingredients like people have for millennia. It's a great way to be healthy and will help you loose weight. At AHS we encourage healthy living and healthy eating as a way to stay strong and fight disease. Our doctors and registered dietitian can help you get on a path to wellness including guidance for adapting a clean eating lifestyle.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.