How Clean Eating Changed My Life
Over the years, I have tried different diets and eating lifestyles. However, so far, clean eating has been the most beneficial lifestyle. I was a vegetarian for two years after graduating college, which may have seemed healthy. But, when I was a vegetarian, I was still eating some processed and refined foods minus meat and fish.
Eventually, it was difficult to resists my mother’s delicious baked chicken and my great aunt’s famous steak and gravy dish. I slowly stopped eating vegetarian. Next, I strived for a diet strictly consisting of chicken, fish, minimal carbs and vegetables. This diet came to an end when I learned I was allergic to chicken. (Yes, you heard it correctly, I am allergic to chicken. I even have the allergy test results to prove it! Let the jokes begin).
TRAVELING & EATING
When I started traveling more overseas, I realized one of the best ways to connect with a culture is through food. During my travels, I stopped putting restrictions on what I ate. I started to feel as if I was missing out on cultural experiences and exchanges. Imagine explaining to a doting Sicilian mother that due to my random eating habits that I cannot eat her homemade meatballs wrapped in lemon tree leaves (especially when I really wanted to). It was a special meal my friend’s family would cook for me whenever I came to visit them. Needless to say, my diet restrictions started to change the more I traveled.
I also made several observations during my trips. First, I noticed how some countries I visited served meats that often tasted better then what we were eating in the states. Also, the quality of the produce was fresher than what I was use to eating in the states. Then, I noticed that in places like Italy and France, people ate less processed foods compared to America. The French and Italians often bought their produce fresh from their local farmer’s markets a few days before cooking a meal.
When I returned to the U.S. I wanted to know why in some places in the world it seemed like people were eating foods similar to Americans, yet the food was not having a more detrimental effect on their bodies. Even though I made these observations during my travels, I still did not understand how to fully translate all these practices into my daily life. It was through my yoga teacher training and work with my acupuncturist that I learned about clean eating and how to develop a sustainable, healthy eating lifestyle.
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