Clean Eating… my thoughts

I’ve read a lot about clean eating, people’s recipes and thoughts all the time, there are mag’s, books, e-books and guidlines, and I’ve been known to post some myself, and use the phrase on more then one occasion (see how many times I tagged). What do I really think about it? Bullshit! It’s such a load of crap that now someone thinks they’ve discovered America with this eating “revolution”. Every aspiring wann- be posts their own ebooks on it, as if they are something special, and like I said, I am guilty, have a look at my tags, I’ve done it, and probably will after this post too. A bit harsh I know, but I read all these young impressionable girls writing things to these gurus as if these people are god, some fountain of nutrition knowledge, when many (MOST) aren’t even qualified in any relevant field, and it makes me mad. Often, I feel like they’re been taken for a ride. Some of these ebooks on clean eating are just receipes that people have shared on blogs and various forums, and it makes me mad that someone packages them up and sells them to people who are often quite desperate, who look at their fit bodies and think if they buy the product that’s been flogged, whether a book, recipes, smoothies, protein powder, by a miracle this will instantly transform them. At the end of the day, it’s mainly diet, as well as exercise, nothing revolutionary there. The number of times I have read or heard people say “I don’t count calories, eat clean and you’ll be fine” is incredible! And too often, if you go by the definition of the term, these recipes include ingredients that are far from fitting that definition. Is protein powder really clean? How so? Too often they are actually using low fat,  or packaged, or ultra processed foods in the recipes or diets. What is clean about that?? Food should be plain and real as possible. I know when I first started trying to lose weight I was reading all of these things, and buying this crap, when all along I should’ve just listened to what one my aunties said – eat at home, eat like what we have always eaten, and just watch portions and you won’t get fat ever.

I think there’s something very unhealthy as classifying food as ‘clean’, therefore making the other food ‘dirty’. Guilt much? Does that sound like a recipe to a healthy balanced attitude to food to you?

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Let me explain further. As I’ve mentioned, I was actually born overseas. When I go back  I have to say that there is a huge difference with supermarkets and people’s way of shopping, thoughts on food, and weight issues (prevalence of type 2 diabetes) is hugely different to here, the US or England (and I’m sure other places). In many places, you still go to a butcher for meat, greengrocer for veg, bakery for bread etc. The foods are more natural and real generally, rather then having to specifically seek out places that advertise as being ‘clean’. In a supermarket, for instance, I look at the milk or yoghurt, and it isn’t a whole wall with every imaginable fat free, added omega/folate/whatever, or minus whatever ingredient, it’s proper real milk and proper yoghurt. There are some skim options (sadly, more and more, and moreso in capital cities or other big cities that are becoming more westernised in food habits), but overall, it’s pretty much a difference in milk brands, or flavours, rather then messing with food too much. Lettuce comes as you would pick it, not all pretty in a bag, pre rinsed and cut etc. Same with most veg, rather then pre-cut, pre-portioned, packaged, with added whatever in it.  And, when I am there I don’t even buy skim milk, and yet every time I am there I seem lose weight just incidentally. Now, I know this isn’t just the food, it’s the way meals are structured and portion sizes, however trust me, anyone with European rellies will know – as the guest there’s no saying no to desserts, seconds, and there’s no holding back with foods. And, add to this that Polish food is not lean by any stretch of the imagination. We have amazing sausages, smallgoods, cakes, cheeses etc, and I love them all. Yet, as I said, I always every time without fail slim down there, and I look around and not only are there less overweight and fat people around, the ones who are aren’t grossly obese like you see here. If they are there, I have never seen even one. It’s no secret which nations are the top for obesity, and no coincidence that these same nations have similar attitudes to food, meals, portion sizing and an abundance of fat free, lite, low fat etc predominant on the shelves.

I am going cold turkey. For the most part, I don’t get fat free, but I do buy skim milk, and a few other things. No more. Done with that shit.

Now, I will probably contradict myself and post some recipes tagged clean in future, feel free to call me out on it, it’s a journey, but this is my thoughts today, and where I stand today on it. What are your thoughts on this?

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Chłodnik – Cold Beetroot soup recipe

Chłodnik

Is a great Summer soup from Poland. It’s also a really pretty looking dish to serve for guests, and is really good for your, with plenty of herbs, beetroot, and natural yoghurt.

I highly recommend it

Ingredients

bunch of young beets with stems
2 finely garlic cloves
1 litre boiling water
Vegetable stock, or cube (Vegeta)
Spring onion
Parsley
Dill
500g natural yogurt, buttermilk or kefir
salt & pepper, to taste
¼ lemon juice

4 hard boiled eggs
1kg baby potatoes

Method

Wash and chop the beets and stems.Cut them quite small, you can even coarsely grate the beetroot.
Place in a large pot with boiling water, garlic, stock cube or Vegeta, and lemon juice. Cook covered until beets are al dente – just soft enough.
Remove from heat, then add half of your dill, half your parsley (reserve the rest for garnish), your spring onions and leave aside to cool down a little bit more. Add yogurt (buttermilk or kefir), season to taste with salt, pepper. Taste it, it may need a little sugar to balance the flavour. If the soup is too dense you can thin it with more hot water. Chill in fridge for an hour.

Hard boil your eggs

Chop and cook your baby potatoes, then put a little butter (optional) and sprinkle the rest of the dill on them.

To Serve, half your eggs, and put on top of soup which you sprinkle the rest of the parsley on, and serve the potatoes on the side, so they can be added by your guests themselves to the soup before eating.

 

Make 6 servings.

9 Foods For Amazing skin

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/10/24/9-foods-for-amazing-skin/.

I came across this today and thought I’d repost, I love superfoods for skin! Like the Perricone Diet – amazing skin if you can make yourself eat COPIUS amounts of fish! For me, the sauerkraut and cabbage wasn’t a surprise, in Poland we know how good it is for your skin! And best of all, these are all really easy to incorporate into your diet, have loads of other health benefits, and and not obscure, and hard to get. I always have lemon and water first thing in the morning, have chia seeds in a brekkie or sometimes as a pudding, cucumbers in salad all the time, love a seaweed salad from sushi train, recently tried papaya for the first time (i know, hey, but I’ve always avoided it and thought I didn’t like it),  pumpkin seeds I put on a salad for crunch etc.

SkinWe may not be able to change our DNA or completely alleviate blemish-inducing stress, but we all can eat foods that contribute to amazing skin, says Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of the best-selling The Beauty Detox Solution. Snyder shares with us nine foods—from cucumbers to kale and sauerkraut (surprise!)—that can seriously impact the look and health of your skin.

Cucumber

Cucumber: Cucumber is a virtually a cure-all full of hydrating enzyme-filled water, and hydration is key for youthful, smooth skin. It also contains vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. And it has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why you put the chilled slices over your eyes for a DIY spa treatment!

Seaweed

Seaweed: Seaweed is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as iron, which helps with healthy blood flow to contribute to radiant skin. It is also naturally low in (bloating) sodium, but high in iodine, to help your thyroid and metabolism function at its peak. Order a seaweed salad when you go for sushi or add spirulina to your smoothies or diet.

Kale

Kale: The sexy, good-for-you green is an excellent source of the beauty vitamins A, C, and E, which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. Kale is also loaded with minerals, such as magnesium and calcium that healthy skin needs. Make a green juice or massage a kale salad stat.

Papaya

Papaya: Papaya’s gorgeous reddish color is due to its high content of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body, and acts like a mechanic of on-going skin repair. The enzyme papain is used in all kinds of exfoliating facial masks, but when you eat it, it contributes its cleansing properties to your digestion and promotes both bright skin and eyes.

Sauerkraut

Raw sauerkraut and other probiotic-rich foods: Probiotics are one of the biggest beauty secrets for clear, radiant skin. They encourage the growth of friendly gut flora that helps keep your digestion in check, so there’s better nutrient delivery to the skin and entire body. And they help make B vitamins, critical for energy and beauty overall. How to eat more? Add a scoop of sauerkraut to a rice or quinoa bowl with steamed veggies for a zing.

PumpkinSeeds

Pumpkin seeds: A handful of these are like taking your B vitamins and biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, nails, and skin. Pumpkin seeds are also high in minerals, such as zinc, which in deficiency can lead to issues such as acne. Sprinkle them over anything from yogurt and salads to rice bowls and fish.

ChiaSeeds

Chia seeds: They’re an unbelievable source of essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and scalp. Chia seeds also contain skin-saving antioxidants (in the ballpark of blueberries) that fight free-radical damage. Be sure to soak them first before eating, or add them to a pudding or smoothie.

Cabbage
Cabbage: The humble cabbage is actually a wonderful beauty food. It’s high in fiber and contains the compound sulforaphane, which promotes anti-aging antioxidant activity in the body. It’s also high in vitamin C. How to eat more? Add sliced purple cabbage to your salads.

Lemon

Lemon: I recommend starting each day with hot water with lemon. It gives you a boost of vitamin C, and this simple drink starts you off in the day hydrated. Lemon’s enzymes have also been shown to help rejuvenate liver tissue and help support skin collagen.