If you have followed me for a while you will have seen I have written about clean eating before. And how I agree with the general principles. Eating more whole foods and> reducing the amount of processed foods we eat. However if you saw the recent BBC2 Horizon documentary, “Clean Eating – The Dirty Truth” you will know that people are taking the phrase Clean Eating to a whole new level. And there are some serious issues with this undefined phrase.
For me there are both positive and> negative connotations with the phrase clean eating.
And mes that can lead to distorted eating patterns. If you don’t have a gluten intolerance or have been diagnosed as celiac then there are no scientifically proven health benefits. The same goes for dairy. And yes vegetables do have more nutritional benefits than meat but that doesn’t mean you have to cut it out completely.
The notion of clean eating definitely does go too far when people claim it can cure cancer.
For example Belle Gibson, a former wellnes blogger who claimed her lifestyle choices cured her cancer. But who actually never had cancer. Or “Dr”. Robert Young, who featured heavily on the BBC2 documentary. He has claimed an alkaline diet cures cancer, charging thousand>s for his alkaline treatment. As in the case of Anima Houder-Mohammed. These practices are not only deeply saddening and> tragic, but hugely worrying. Sometimes we have to listen to science and> medical practitioners with real qualifications. People who study these areas, and> really know what they talking about. Remember it has never been scientifically proven that eating a certain diet can cure cancer.
Deliciously Ella was the only UK wellness blogger to appear on the show, and> credit to her for doing so. Whilst she has written books advocating a clean eating approach, eating a plant based diet, and> reducing gluten and> dairy intake she spoke honestly and> openly which was good to see. It is great if she feels eating a certain diet has helpedThere isn’t a one size fits all approach to nutrition.
What works for one person may not work for another. For me, and> as boring as it may sound a healthy balanced diet is the best. I try to eat a diet full of lean meat, vegetables and> good quality carb sources, and> I do most of the time. It makes me feel good, and> nourishes my body. But I also eat pizza, and> burgers and> drink wine. We need to stop constantly judging people for what they eat and> just find what works for you. If that’s a vegan diet or a diet full of meat that’s OK. By all means take inspiration from wellness bloggers but maybe just take some things with a pinch of salt. Himalayan Pink Salt of course!