What does Clean Eating Mean?
The term “clean” eating refers to choosing to eat unprocessed, whole, nutrient dense foods. Some people refer to it as a “real food” diet, which is based around consuming lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as opposed to a “fake” food diet, based on processed foods loaded with salt, sugar, preservatives and chemicals.
Look Out for "Fake Foods"
Most processed foods, such as sugary cereals, white bread and cookies, are generally found in the middle aisles of the grocery store. These foods provide very few nutrients and definitely don’t give us sustained energy throughout the day (And energy is certainly something we need as busy mums)!
White Bread is a "No-No"
Some of these foods may even be harmful to our health. For example, white bread, although it does contain carbohydrates for energy, does not provide any fibre and any vitamins it may contain are added artificially. The lack of fibre in the bread, allows it to be digested and absorbed quickly, sending a surge of sugar into your body. Any sugar that cannot be immediately used will be stored, usually as fat. Since the sugar from the bread is used so quickly, it leaves you hungry for more.
Eat High Fibre Whole Grains Instead
On the other hand, opting for a high-fibre whole grain such as quinoa or brown rice, makes you feel full longer because the fibre takes time to digest and the sugar enters the blood stream at a slower pace. This allows you to actually use the energy from the carbohydrates in the grain and less will be stored as fat. You are also full for a longer period of time, so you end up eating less overall.