Considered by many as the “father of portuguese nutritionists”, the doctor Emilio Peres said that “we are what we eat” – a sentence that highlights the importance of a healthy diet. Yet this sentence holds more to it. What this famous affirmation tells us is that everything (really everything) that enters our body in the shape of food is going to have an impact in our lives: from the obvious health and wellbeing, our (good or bad) mood and also our joy of living. Yes, what we eat affects our mood more than you can imagine. In this sense – and with respect to happiness – the term “diet”, that for decades has been associated to being in good physical form and even to health, is not really the most indicated word to choose: nobody is very happy when on a diet. Nobody vibes at a miserable plate of steamed broccoli and fish. Not only is it not living, it does not envision happiness. The times change, the theories are perfected and new tendencies arise in defense of our health (and, of course, joy of living).
More than a diet, Clean Eating is a way of being in life. It advocates that having a Clean regime is to eat food that is real, farm to table, away from chemicals, pesticides, Es and colorings. Simply the best food and nothing else. To choose Clean is to favour quality over quantity. It is about thinking – without obsessing about it – about each food you place on your plate. To eat Clean is about favouring nourishment over the verb to eat. It is about bringing awareness to how food is prepared, guaranteeing that everything you will ingest has its function and that it does not contain anything that can be harmful to your health and well being. It is to know that none of the elements on your plate are there in vain.
Here are some of the fundamental principles of Clean Eating:
– Choose (whenever possible) “real food”: food that is not processed or refined;
– Eat balanced meals, like healthy and nourishing snacks
(the opposite of fast food);
– Favour plant based protein, like beans, pulses, and high protein content grains like quinoa, barley and buckwheat;
– Adopt a “limpo” lifestyle, practicing physical activity, sleeping enough at night and controlling stress in a healthy way. Connect with the people you love the most —
Talk, laugh, share a meal, go for a walk… and keep a foot in nature everytime you can.
– Avoid (the best you can) refined and processed foods, conservatives and additives. Eat natural and wholegrain foods.
More importantly, a healthy diet should be balanced, nutritious and full of self love. If you are constantly worrying about what you eat or if you have become aware that what you eat is interfering with your day to day activities, take a step back and think again.
The most important thing actually is that you feel good. And truly happy.