Wouldn’t it be truly amazing if there was a dietary programme that you could adopt for life that meant that you would never have to ‘diet’ in the traditional sense ever again? Well, the exciting reality is that such a diet does exist!! It’s the The clean food diet – as Hippocrates said ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ and this is the best diet for life. We can go back to eating ‘real’ and you will experience optimum nutrition for a healthy mind and body, whilst changing taste buds and enjoying delicious and nutritious fare as close to what nature intended. Some diets encourage the use of artificial sweeteners and processed foods or drinks  which cause toxins to build up in the liver and prevent weight loss. The clean food diet is the solution!

So what is the clean food diet?

Food is as close to nature as possible and therefore ‘clean’ without the use of chemicals or hormones – so choosing eggs, fish, poultry, lean meat (limited), wholegrain, beans and lentils, fruits and vegetables  that are fresh and organic. Avoid caffeine, refined sugar and  alcohol and eliminate processed foods. There really is no need for artificial foods and drinks laced with artificial flavorings, preservatives and trans fats (the body really doesn’t know how to process these so they can cause toxicity and inflammation).

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What are the benefits of the clean food diet?

You’ll put an end to yoyo dieting as your blood sugar will be balanced and you will lose the taste for sugar and eliminate subsequent cravings. You’ll detox the liver, reducing the incidence of ‘fatty liver’ and improve the capacity of the liver and kidneys to cleanse and retain the health of the body. As toxins are stored in fat cells, therefore you’ll lose weight when you stop eating toxins in your food You’ll have less propensity to suffer from life threatening diseases: achieve balanced cholesterol and blood sugar levels, an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals and essential fats, the blood will be alkaline rather than acidic, and less likelihood of obesity and all of its symptoms. You’ll experience general health improvements and feel fantastic with more energy, better and deeper sleep, clearer skin, improved mood and less depression, improved digestion and feel fuller for longer!

How to adopt the clean food diet as your new eating regime:

The easiest way to move from a processed diet to a clean diet is to start by making simple swops. For example: cow’s milk – almond milk sour cream or mayo – greek yoghurt sugar – xylitol, maple syrup butter – coconut oil white potatoes – sweet potatoes white rice – brown rice or quinoa pasta – spaghetti squash salad dressings – oil and vinegar or salsa ground bee – ground turkey or salmon This means avoiding packaged and processed food that have been stripped of vitamins and minerals -examples are mass produced bread, pasta, white rice, ready meals, breakfast cereals, ready meals, frozen chips). They will have a long and obscure list of ingredients on the food label, and sugar in all its forms (sucrose, honey, glucose fructose syrup, or anything ending in ‘use’) and trans or hydrogenated fats.

Other tips are to:

Start your day with warm water and lemon to flush the liver and alkalize the body and drink regular water and herbal teas throughout the day. Buy a blender, juicer and/or bullet so you can easily make fresh juices and smoothies. Plan your food shop: either look for recipes online or purchase healthy ‘clean food diet’ cookbooks and plan your weekly menus. Create your shopping lists from the plan. Shop for seasonal food at local farmers markets or arrange for an organic fruit and vegetables box delivery for convenience Reduce red meat which is inflammatory and instead increase oily fish in the form of salmon, fresh tuna or sardines. Adopt a balance of flavours in your diet such as sweetness, spicy, sour, bitter – so aim for variety and include lots of fresh herbs and spices in your meals to limit the need for salt Avoid alcohol which stimulates the production of estrogen which leads to fat storage.

 3 recipes to start the clean food diet taken from the Nutriclean Programme (from Nutri Adanced):

Green Alkalizer Juice 1 cucumber 1 handful spinach large bunch parsley 1 apple 1 stalk celery Blend ingredients and serve immediately

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Ginger and Turmeric Spiced Carrot Soup 2 tbsp coconut oil 2 to 3 spring onions, white and light green parts only, cleaned and chopped 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated Pinch of red pepper flakes 9 medium carrots, sliced ½ inch thick ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp turmeric 1 Litre water Melt coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sweat the green onions, garlic, minced ginger, and pepper flakes for 1 to 2 minutes or just until glossy. Do not brown or develop colour. Add carrots, salt, cinnamon and turmeric and cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until carrots are very soft, 20-25 minutes. Pureé soup in batches in a high speed blender. Grilled Salmon with Nicoise Salad (Serves 4) 125g (4oz) fine green beans, trimmed and halved 2 little gem lettuces 1 red onion, thinly sliced 4 tbsp (60ml) black olives 4 x 125g (4oz) salmon steaks 1 lemon, sliced into wedges Dressing: 3 tbsp (45ml) extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice ½ tsp (2.5ml) Dijon mustard 1 small clove of garlic, crushed 1. Steam or boil the green beans for 2 minutes. Drain. 2. Tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl with the onions, olives and green beans. 3. Heat the grill. Brush the salmon steaks with a little olive oil then cook under the grill for about 2-3 minutes each side. 4. Toss the salad with the dressing. Divide into 4 bowls. Place a salmon steak on top of each. Of course there is one allowance that can be made to help those who find this way of eating too restrictive – in that case, aim to adopt the clean food diet 80% of the time allowing for those small amounts of alcohol and sweet foods (choose organic wine and desserts sweetened with fruits) for occasional use like holidays and celebrations, 20% of the time, where you may relax the guidelines a little. That makes it easier to follow for life. Enjoy and Good Health!

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