Clean eating is all the rage these days. Wherever you look, there’s someone raving about the benefits of their 30-day clean-eating challenge, showcasing amazing before-and-after pictures, and swearing to eat this way forever.
Which is great if it works for the person doing it. But there’s a huge part of the population that battles dieting, food, and weight (including me, I’ve been on more than 116 diets).
So for them (and me!), clean eating can be a slippery slope down into the abyss of rigid, restrictive, dieting habits, and back into food obsession. The problem with clean eating is that it implies all foods are either “clean” or “dirty.” If you’re not eating fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, then the foods you’re ingesting are “dirty.”
The clean-eating trend, that’s meant to be healthy and helpful, is creating a generation of eaters that stray further from listening to their bodies and deeper into obsessing over every morsel that goes into their mouths.
And for anyone who's struggled with dieting or weight for a lifetime, this can be dangerous. We don’t want to live beating ourselves up for not adhering to another way of eating. We want to strive for a holistic, inclusive, healthy relationship with ourselves, instead of swearing to eat clean and masking it as another diet. So the next time you’re tempted to eat clean for 30 days, here’s what to focus on instead: