Welcome to Wellness Wednesday! This is the new series I’ve been super excited about as we head into the new year. I have such a passion for clean eating along with a love of food so I’m eager to be able to share that with you. Before we head into the series I thought it’d be important to explain my philosophy on eating and wellness in general so there is no confusion.
I am not doing Whole 30.
It is almost January and you will likely start hearing a lot about Whole 30 and cleansing. I am a big believer in eating clean. Much of my own belief system is in line with the key principles of a Paleo lifestyle, but there are a few reasons I don’t love the Whole 30 trend.
My personal approach to food is that it is the key to a healthy life and that food is our medicine. I love researching to learn how different foods affect us on a daily basis. The key factor behind so many ailments and illnesses is inflammation in the body, and I strive to eliminate the foods that cause it. I use food to heal anything that is bothering me. Sinus issues? Try Apple Cider Vinegar. Joint pain? Try turmeric. Possible stomach bug? Coconut oil pronto. Food can help us in so many ways.
One reason I don’t love Whole 30 is because many people do not understand it. There is so much misinformation out there regarding sugar and some people choose to eliminate fruit during the cleansing process, and in my opinion, this is the worst thing we can do for our bodies. Certain foods like fruit contain medicinal qualities that our bodies need, another one of them being RAW honey. (this is not the honey bear honey that looks cute!) Raw honey is not allowed on Whole 30 and I cannot stand behind that. Starting our day with warm water, raw honey and lemon juice is one of the best things we can do for ourselves to remove toxins and fight off various germs.
With that said, everyone should do what makes their bodies feel best. My top three principles for clean eating in the month of January are listed below.
PRINCIPLE ONE | NO ADDED SUGAR OF ANY KIND
Sugar is thine enemy. It was shocking when I really started to pay attention to how many things sugar hides within. Until we read our labels, there is no way of knowing. I stay away from anything that lists sugar on the ingredients, no matter what kind it lists. (cane sugar, fructose etc.) This includes coffee creamers and sauces, but don’t worry, I have some great hacks ahead! You will be surprised at how your taste buds change over the course of the month if you adhere to this principle.
Great substitutes: raw honey, cacao (not cocoa)
PRINCIPLE TWO | NO DAIRY
I know it’s strange to think dairy could possibly be bad for our bodies. The truth is, dairy is highly processed, and the various processes it goes through is what ultimately makes it inflammatory. It wasn’t until I eliminated dairy that I started to see how it affected me when I did eat it.
Great substitutes: Almond milk, coconut milk, ghee (clarified butter)
PRINCIPLE THREE | NOTHING PROCESSED
This is a tough one for many people, but for this month, I don’t have anything out of a package. I promise once you start, it will get easier. Instead of chips or pretzels, grab for carrots, celery and apples… I will not, though, label these as great substitutes. If you need some recipes that follow these principles you can follow my Clean Eating Board on Pinterest too. I’ll be highlighting some of my favorites this month, along with some other no fail tips that help keep me on track!