The This time it’s all about me edition.
Many more than a few of you have emailed me and asked what on EARTH I mean when I say that you should/one should eat clean.
Im certain —-as with all things fitness & food—-there are myriad definitions out there so I shall simply claim this as my own.
To me eating clean is consuming everything in its purest form (Im aware of the irony of all this when Im chowing down on (finger quote) grilled (unFQ) chicken from places like Fudruckers. Purest, in this case, does not mean organic).
High quality foods which are as free as you can get them of not-found-in-nature additives.
Back in the proverbial day (when I was a personal trainer) Id often tell my clients not to even bother picking up a menu when they went out to eat.
In response to the inevitable look of perplexednessment I’d respond that if it wasnt a cheat meal then their order was really quite simple:
grilled/steamed/poached (you get the idea. depends on the restaurant) fish/chicken/lean beef, steamed veggies (baked potato if they choose with everything on the side) and a salad.
That’s what I mean by clean (cue chorus of groans here. Ive heard it all before).
When Im truly eating clean? The packets of plan oatmeal are tossed out (too processed) in favor of the lumpybumpy goodness of slow cooking Irish oats.
That’s what I mean by clean.
When Im truly eating clean? All my 6 mini-meals include a portion of lean protein, some complex carbohydrates (whole wheat pasta/bread/brown rice etc) & a smattering of other fruits and veggies.
When Im truly eating clean? (here’s one for my man Mehmet:) I dont add any extra salt to my foods.
ok, Ive never, ever, *ever* hit that last one but you get the idea.
Eating clean is, perhaps, starting with “sauce on the side” and only adding as much as you truly need to make your meal taste good to you.
Eating clean is simply working toward reveling in the taste of the food (again big ups to Mehmet) and not the grease or sauces ladled on top.
What is eating clean not? eating less.
MizFit is not about the being hungry. Ever.
An emailer remarked to me that I must eat like a bird so I sent her a typical day of MizFit Food Consumption (Renaissance Man and our grocery bill also begged to differ but had no email access).
She was shocked.
The cleaner you eat the more calories you can consume while not gaining weight.
We’ve all seen the magazine articles where they show us a donut versus a large bowl of fruit and a stack of crackers and a few cubes of cheese and ask which would you rather have for the same amount of calories?
(yeah I know. I oft think: the donut, writerwoman,
so bite me—-but that’s not today’s topic)
Eating clean is precisely like that magazine article except every, single day.