When I heard my husband recently say, “were doing a great job of clean eating, aren’t we?” I knew that I’d struck pay dirt.
Even though we’ve been practicing clean eating for quite some time, his realization about our lifestyle really solidified that not only is he doing it (and liking it) but that his awareness has changed and increased. And the best part is that it’s not about me beating him over the head with constant messages about clean eating. Much to the contrary, it’s been an easy progression of subtle lifestyle changes over time.
For example, we recently watched the movie Food Inc, an indictment of the food industry that makes you question just about every aspect of what you’re putting into your mouth. Food Inc shares the powerful message that we should all increase our awareness about the source of our food. Does it come from a factory farm or a local farmer where animals are treated with respect? Are many of things you’re eating genetically modified or are you eating clean, whole foods that aren’t processed?
We watched the movie and next thing I know, Bruce suggested that we stop buying meat in the grocery store and only buy it from one of several local farmers. Mind you, we don’t eat tons of meat to begin with but I couldn’t help but appreciate the earnestness in which he responded to the movie and his thoughtfulness about our health.
Half of clean eating for me, is the willingness to shift your mindset and see other possibilities. It’s almost about envisioning a healthy future you’d like to have and seeing clean eating as a vehicle to help you get there. My simple mantra: prevention, prevention, prevention. Clean eating is the means by which we’re creating the healthy life we want to enjoy, especially as we age. It’s such a simple approach through which you can reap a myriad of benefits, not the least of which is a whole new level of awareness about what you’re eating and how that’s affecting you and the environment.
What discoveries have you uncovered on your clean eating journey? How has increasing your awareness about the food your eating helped you make some healthy changes?