I have to confess that I’ve not spectacularly leapt onto the ‘clean eating’ bandwagon. To me, clean eating means putting your toast and chocolate spread onto a plate from the cupboard rather than just brushing the crumbs off a plate you find next to the sink.
I don’t think that’s the standard definition though.
Clean eating is actually about eating as much ‘real’ food as possible – food that it is in its natural state, unprocessed and unrefined. It’s not about cutting out food groups or stuffing your face with supplements, it’s essentially just about going back to basics, and eating more as nature intended. I think. Although it probably helps with the general ethos of things to have a clean plate as well.
As you can probably imagine, clean eating is not something that comes naturally to me. I’m much more likely to buy myself a pack of Boots sushi than whip myself up a salad of beansprouts and fresh tuna first thing in the morning. (Which reminds me, I had another dream about tuna last night. In this one, someone had cooked me a massive tuna steak, and someone else came along and ripped off half of it to share with me. it wasn’t like the dream where I turned people into cans of tuna with my eyes. Still, it’s a weird theme to reoccur.)
Recognising my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to food preparation, I’ve been trying out a new food delivery scheme from a company called Everdine.
Now, you might think that clean eating wouldn’t really fit with frozen, microwavable meals, but you’d be wrong. Freezing is actually a really wholesome way to keep food fresh, as it cuts out the need for loads of artificial preservatives. Microwaving too is one of the most nutrient-preserving ways of heating up your food, plus I have a microwave at work, so it’s really quick and easy for me to bung a few Everdine meals in the freezer for my lunches during the week.