10 In all/ Food

Clean Eating Common Sense ~ Beyond Kale Chips & Naked Juice

What the heck is ‘clean eating’?…Another ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ food fad?

To excercise clean eating common sense is actually very simple.

We live in a time where our society has become literally diseased due to the high processed, poor quality foods we consume on a daily basis.

Many factors contribute to the poor diet of the average American:

  • A study according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the American diet is becoming increasingly devoid of nutrition. The movement of the 1950’s toward increasingly convenient, yet highly processed food, beget a billion dollar industry geared toward filling our grocery shelves with ‘calorie dense-nutrient poor’ pseudo foods.

  • The typical stretch of American land used for agricultural purposes has been so stripped of nutrients, our produce comes out fairly tasteless and unsatisfying. This leaves our bodies unsatisfied and hungry for ‘more’.

  • In our modern times we have left the wisdom of the seasons, and demand ‘all produce all the time’. There is a reason why citrus grows in winter months, and why strawberries should not be available all year-long. When you monkey with Creation, you create a breeding ground of harmful mutation.

 

 

~

I like to think of Clean Eating as ‘Vintage Eating’. Basically, it means eating like your great-grandparents did before the advent of T.V. Dinners and blackberries in December.

Everyone can benefit by ‘cleaning up their diets’, but those of us with chronic illness owe it to our bodies to make this an integral part of our healthcare regime:

Clean Eating is Vintage Eating: Eat like your Great-Grandparents did! Click To Tweet

Clean Eating Common Sense ~ Beyond Kale Chips & Naked Juice

  • Be mindful to eat ‘whole foods’. The less amount of ingredients the better. It may be a pain, but ‘homemade’ is always the best way to go. Be in command of what goes into your food, rather than a relinquishing control to others who care less for your health and more for the company’s ‘bottom line’.

  • Make it a rule to eat and cook with only what is in season. Doing a quick Google search will help to make a list of what’s in & what’s out.

  • Grow your own, or shop the Farmer’s Market if possible. This generally means: little to no pesticides, no GMO, in season, and a chance to support your local community.

  • Grab a cookbook from the 1940’s at your local library. Do a little research, and try a few recipes from those gurus of ‘little to no heart disease & tiny waistlines’.

'Calorie Dense' & 'Nutrient Poor' is a sure recipe for disease! Click To Tweet

~

Clean Eating Common Sense ~ Beyond Kale Chips & Naked Juice

~

Enjoy 'ALWR' ?...Click here to SUBSCRIBE today and receive a FREE download & NEVER miss a post again!

What Is The Cause Of Post Exertional Malaise In CFS/ME & Fibromyalgia?
'Daily Body Restore'~A Different Kind Of Probiotic

You Might Also Like

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Sharon Hutchinson
    March 27 at 9:07 am

    This is a wonderful article. I remember when my mother made almost everything from scratch. She had been using beef bones with marrow in her beef vegetable soup. Now bone broth is being widely discussed as very nutritious. Butter was a staple. My grandmother used lard to fry things. I often tell people to look at old photos from before and during WW II and look at photos today. Something had drastically changed.

    There is nothing as delicious as organic butter. It does not have the heavy taste that “regular” butter has. Same for organic vegetables. I also find them lighter in taste and not overwhelmingly, which helps when I try to get some broccoli into my husband’s diet. I am convinced men HATE broccoli.

    As I learn to cook from scratch (and with my CFS it often wears me out with all the chopping and such but am saving to buy something to help me with this), one thing that happened is discovering wonderful herbs and seasonings. They kick up the flavor and I am getting very creative. Most of all, the biggest lesson has been substitution in recipes. For instance, we are getting away from potatoes and using sweet potatoes or turnips, according to what the dish calls for (savory or sweet). It has been an eye opener and already both of us are feeling better. My husband’s bad lab numbers have all taken a nosedive as well.
    Thank you for this. P.S. As we approach asparagus season there are some wonderful recipes like roasted garlic asparagus and mushrooms which has become one of my biggest hits. Experimenting is fun!

    • Reply
      kristine
      March 27 at 12:10 pm

      How wonderful Sharon! I ♥♥♥ this! The more you delve into this subject, and research it, you realize how ‘duped’ the public has been concerning health and nutrition over the last 50+ years. Common sense will tell you that if all the ‘low fat’ ‘low cal’ pseudo food & high grain diet was good for you, everyone wouldn’t be so overweight and sick.
      Lard has received SUCH a bad rap over the years (mainly to do with the man who created Crisco-interesting/eye-opening to research), but a little reading will tell you that this type of cooking fat is VERY good for you! Not to mention how incredible the food comes out! I’ve been using it lately, and I love it!
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, you’re definitely on the right path, and the kind of person the big food companies hate! Keep on keepin’ on sister! 😉

      • Reply
        Sharon Hutchinson
        March 28 at 6:16 am

        Thank you! This subject does get me carried away because it really hits home, so to speak. I am certainly going to research about Crisco since it is just so BAD to use. The problem is that so many doctors are still stuck on that low fat craze that began in the ’70s and is still going strong. Some of us may remember how the poor little egg almost became enemy #1! I don’t blame a lot of doctors who are still pushing the low fat way of eating because they are very busy people and usually don’t have the time to do the research but that is slowly changing. We had been started eating the “vintage” way (I love that phrase!) after doing a lot of studying and when my husband’s next full blood profile was drawn and analyzed everything was down. The doctor did not know he had changed his diet. It was proof that, for him at least, it was working.

        Of course we are all different and research is definitely encouraged. But when we tried full fat milk for the first time in about 10 years, it tasted heavenly. So rich and creamy, like it is supposed to be. I had not known that skim milk had previously been used by farmers to FATTEN animals, especially pigs. What an eye opener! Bottom line is that Mother Nature has provided us with wonderful foodstuffs . We just have to find our way past the hype.

        I encourage everyone to watch the video above. One thing it did not mention is that one pesticide so loved by GMO growers is the same ingredient used during the Vietnam War as “Agent Orange”. It is quite obvious that profit over people has been dictating what we should eat for far to long. The tide is starting to turn. Hopefully it will guide our human ships to a new and healthier destination.

    • Reply
      Edwin Madison
      March 28 at 10:43 am

      Sharon this is awesome.

      You nailed it “Experimenting is fun!”

      I agree that the foods we eat today are not as healthy (and naturally grown) as they once used to be. I can recall my grandma who used to say that back in our days, there was nothing as dieting. People used to eat everything that they liked. Yet, nobody was as fat as the teens we have today.

      The foods (even the natural ones) have changed. Besides, changes in our lifestyle have played a big role. Kristine rightly pointed that we should prefer ‘homemade’ foods. This is what we do not do anymore.

      Let’s hope those golden old days come back again.

      Great insightful article Kristine. Loved it.

      Cheers, Eddy
      Edwin Madison recently posted…How Many Carbs to Eat to Lose Weight?My Profile

      • Reply
        Sharon Hutchinson
        March 29 at 8:00 am

        Thank you! It should also be noted that the word “calorie” didn’t come into existence until probably around the ’50s (I can’t quite remember but did we ever hear our grandparents mention it?). I find it ironic that in the distant past people were trying to get more meat on their bones, so to speak, and now we are concerned with getting it off! Food for thought (pun intended).

  • Reply
    Michelle
    March 28 at 5:12 pm

    As always, a wonderful article Kristine:-) I too have been really trying to clean up my diet for the past several months. One thing I have been doing is substituting einkorn flour in some things that I bake. Since it is an ancient kind of wheat that has not been modified it is a lot easier on the body to process. Jovial.com is a great place to get it. I have been trying to just eat whole foods and cut out refined, processed, and modified things. We are very lucky to have a local organic produce delivery service and they have a lot of different local organic foods. Vintage eating–love it put that way:-) I agree with Sharon though. Being tired and in pain can make it challenging sometimes.

    • Reply
      kristine
      March 28 at 11:03 pm

      Sounds intriguing Michelle! What kind of baking results are you getting from the einkorn flour? I love the idea of using an ancient flour! Thank you for the tips 🙂

      • Reply
        Michelle
        March 29 at 6:39 pm

        So far so good:-) The jovial website has tons of info and the cookbook you can get is really good as well. They sometimes have a special on there for a really good package price for the cookbook and some flour. It is a little different than regular flour in how it absorbs liquids but it is a fun learning process:-) It is also supposed to be easier to digest for people who have a problem with gluten.

  • Reply
    Kathy
    March 29 at 10:42 am

    Vintage eating. I really like that idea! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      kristine
      March 29 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Kathy! 🙂 Vintage ‘anything’ really! 😉

    Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge

    Read previous post:
    ‘Daily Body Restore’~A Different Kind Of Probiotic

    What should I be looking for when choosing the best probiotic for my healthcare needs?

    Close