It seems more and more people are following diets to gain them their perfect body shape. I have seen many different diets throughout the years and they seem to come and go in fads depending on what the celebrities are doing. This way of eating may show some good results in the short term but people never seem to be able to stick to them in the long-term as they just do not fit easily into our daily lifestyles.
I am, therefore, going to tell you a bit about what I encourage my clients to do and why I ask them to do it. Lets think back to how we have evolved as humans. Did our ancestors live off pre-packaged foods found on the shelves of most supermarkets? Did they have access to the same foods all year round? The answer to both these questions is no. Over the last 100 years our diets have changed dramatically and not for the better. We are now living in a world where our food has changed so much from its original state our body struggles to figure out what to do with it(1). We all need to become more aware of what we are putting into our body to benefit our health in the long term.
It is important to realise that what we eat eventually becomes part of our bodies make up, for example in the form of cells or energy. If you are consistently eating food with a limited nutritional content your energy levels, and bodily structures can then start to suffer. This may lead to health issues, which can be seen in the form of diabetes, heart disease (2). There are a few very easy ways to change the way you eat food, the main one is by eating clean. It does involve forward planning, so you do have to be organised. The main rule is if it doesn’t look like it did when it was pulled from the ground, slaughtered or fished, you can’t eat it. This way of eating teaches you to go back to basics and start cooking things from scratch so that you are in control of what goes into your mouths. This will provide you with all the macro and micronutrients from your foods and you will avoid eating unwanted extra sugars, salt and preservatives. It will encourage you to eat more seasonally and get back into a more natural way of eating food. It shouldn’t feel restrictive; as there are many foods you can eat. It just encourages you to get more creative and make meals from scratch. So try it for yourselves and get back into eating clean!.
1. Miller J, Mann N, Cordain L. Paleolithic Nutrition: What did our ancestors eat; 2014 [Accessed 6thJune 2014] Available from: http://www.scienceschool.usyd.edu.au/history/2009/media/lectures/4-brand-miller-chapter.pdf
2. Howard B, Wylie-Rosett. Sugar and cardiovascular disease. Circulation. 2002;106:523-527.