A common motto for the extreme fitness crowd is “eat clean and train mean,” and this article points out ways this can backfire. Even the Australian fitness queen Kayla Itsines has some suggestions for moderation in the quest for healthy eating.
I try to avoid the term “clean” as a descriptor for eating because of the associated judgment. After all, no one wants to eat “dirty” do they? Reducing judgment whether it applies to food or our body can be a better step in the right direction than focusing energy on whether we are eating “clean” or the opposite.
Over the last few years healthy and “clean eating” has become something we are all increasingly aware of. It has also created a certain type of culture in our society, especially when it comes to food. From gluten free diets, to paleo, raw vegan, juice cleanses, superfood mania and heavy calorie counting, there is every type of diet or form of “clean eating” available under the sun. Although they still exist, we have come a long way from cookbooks and diet programs that claim “instant weight loss” and other crazy promises. Nowadays the focus is on being healthy, eating “clean” and living a lifestyle that is maintainable.
But my question is, how much of this “clean eating” lifestyle is really all that maintainable?
When searching the internet I couldn’t even find a single definition of clean eating that many people actually agreed on. Working in the health and fitness industry, hearing feedback from the women I train and women in general, I can say that the notion of “clean eating” can become something that is quite restrictive.