Why I Hate The ‘Clean Eating’ Movement

I hate the fact that ‘clean eating’ or ‘eating clean’ is popping up all over social media all of a sudden. The trend isn’t new, because clean eating is not real.

There is no such thing as “clean” eating. There are no such things as “clean” foods.

There are foods that are good for you, which we all know are good for us, but there are also food that aren’t as good for us. In my world, there is no “good” or “bad” food, I eat everything in moderation.

The idea that people refer to food as “clean” implies that other food is “dirty” or bad, and that simply isn’t the case. Everything can be eaten, as long as it’s in moderation. The notion that some foods are dirty, and being seen like that to people, can result in people having a negative relationship with certain foods, or even food groups, and can impact diets and even influence disorders.

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Apparently, in a world currently dominated by social media, all you need is a couple of big Instagram “celebrities” or fitness/foodies, to mention that they follow a clean eating plan, and all of a sudden it’s a thing. For those who are uneducated in nutrition, or, for many, can’t be bother to research it, they too jump on the fad and consider themselves to be “clean eaters” or follow a “clean eating” plan, when they have no idea what it is, or what it entails.

If you want to follow a specific type of diet, then you need to do some research on it. Put the time and effort in to researching a nutrition plan that works for you. Not because someone famous mentioned it worked for them.

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You’ve also got to bear in mind that the people who push certain diets or food products often have chefs or nutritionists who do tailor it to their exercise regimes or lifestyles, which may be completely different to yours. If you attempt to follow the same regime it may not have the same effect, or might even have an opposite effect.

No food is dirty, same as no food is clean.

Tailor your diet to achieve whatever personal goals you have. If you’re looking to tone up, research the best foods to eat for this. If you feel you’re gaining weight, don’t just cut calories, look at your diet and find out where you’re going wrong. Diets should never be a quick fix, instead you should look at it as a lifestyle change.

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If I see any more of my friends using the phrase “clean eating” I think I’m going to cry.

What do you think of the phrase?

Thanks for reading,

S x

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