The Real Problems with Clean Eating

While people around you might advice you to eat clean. Even your new year’s resolutions may be to keep your body away from bad food and focus on clean-eating.
Well, here ‘clean’ doesn’t mean in contrast to dirty. But rather processed food, sugar, packed food etc.
We feel that consumption of these nutritional food items will keep us healthy. But we haven’t realized that even these leave negative impacts on our mind as well as body, when continued the Clean- food mission for a long term.

Strict following of “clean-eating” can lead to confusion about nutrition, damage your relationship with food, and risks. It makes eating about ‘hard and fast rules’, rather than intuitively giving your body what it needs and enjoys.

Let us look at the long-term impacts of clean- eating.

1- Starvation

According to Tessa Nguyen RD LDN, a dietician and founder of Taste Nutrition,  “the foods that are classified as clean, often fit very narrow definitions. Clean eating often means eating a set of very Eurocentric foods that leave out many cultural foods that are nutritionally equivalent to the recommended items”. It also often includes only non-GMO, organic, natural foods, she explains, which can be financially inaccessible without any added nutritional benefit. Some of Nguyen’s clients, while attempting to eat “cleanly,” left out fruits and vegetables because they couldn’t afford fresh, organic varieties. Although, “Frozen, canned or dried versions of the same foods are as nutritious as the fresh versions, are — but ‘clean eating’ often excludes them” said Nguyen.
While we attempt to restrict our consumption, and call it Clean-eating. But healthy eating is keeping it flexible and providing different categories of food instead of depending on one particular. While we are restricting our body from consuming any other food, we are only making it more vulnerable to deficiency and lack of nutrients. Therefore leading to Starvation.

2- Punishing obsessive relation with food

If you have set yourself with restrictions on intake of food, and feel guilty when you consume any ‘bad food’ or you keep yourself in isolation for doing it, then you certainly need to seek help from nutritionists.

3- Mental stress

Keeping yourself restricted to Clean-food can leave a negative impact on your social and mental life. It can cause headache, over-thinking, and eating disorders, therefore leaving you with mental-distress.

Therefore, Moderation and diversity is the key to good health.

So, do not set rules for eating. Just eat more of fruits and vegetables, while keeping processed and sugary food in limits.
And, keep your diet plan Real, to achieve good results.

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