Clean Eating: Two Takes on the Lifestyle

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Spring cleaning doesn’t only have to apply to your house; you might take it on in your dietary life as well. When researching better-for-you changes, you might come across the spring-appropriate “clean eating” plan. But what exactly does this entail, and is it worth trying?

Trying to pin down exactly what clean eating is — or is not — can result in a quagmire of contradictory views. Most people agree that it involves eating whole foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising — and that it is not a “diet.” When the term “diet” is used, it’s meant as a way to say what a person is or is not consuming. Instead, most clean eaters believe it’s a change to their lifestyle. After those points, the consensus dies out, as different people tailor the broad message of clean eating uniquely to their daily lives.

A strict view of the diet eliminates all processed foods. That is one of the steps nutritionist Angela Hattaway included in her list of simple steps for clean eating success on Fit Day. This means getting rid of all white flours, rices, sugars, candies, etc. Also on the list of things to avoid were sugar-sweetened drinks, and junk foods. Meat is OK, as long as you buy it whole — ground turkey for example does not make the cut.

In a review of the diet, WebMD spoke to Tosca Reno, who has written several books on clean eating. Reno said the diet consists of lean proteins,  good carbs and fats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and water. She says it is important to exercise as well, and from these changes, bodies are turned into fat burning machines.

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