What Is Clean Eating?
The concept of clean eating has TWO critical parts. This idea means eating foods in their most natural, unmodified form with the goal of improving overall health and vitality. Choosing organic, whole foods, grass-fed and free-range animal proteins, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, and properly prepared, non-gluten grains and legumes, as well as saying goodbye to chemical-laden, processed, and common allergenic foods, allows your body to cleanse out stored toxins and return to a healthy state. But, I believe we must take this definition one step further. Clean eating means choosing and consuming foods that support your body. An ideal diet is one that not only includes all of the vital nutrients (these include the basic macronutrients—water, oxygen, carbohydrates, proteins and fats- and micronutrients—vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, metabolic and digestive enzymes)for the body to thrive, but is also based on a person’s individual needs. Foods can be inflammatory, but they can also be healing. Just because a food is deemed “healthy” doesn’t mean that it works for your personal requirements.
What Is Whole Living?
I like to describe whole living as a big group hug between health, personal and spiritual growth, purpose and passion, and inner peace. In the Bliss Body Plan, I go into detail about the concept of whole living and the Ten Steps to Help You Achieve Optimal Wellness. With this concept in mind, I want you to try ditching these two, overused words from your vocabulary: “perfect” and “should.” “Perfect” because there is no such thing, and we are going to focus on real, attainable goals moving forward. And “should” because it is judgmental and puts the focus on what we are not doing. Whole living means being patient, kind, accepting, and loving towards ourselves and others.