It’s about to real on the blog today people. Real complicated. Ok, maybe not so much complicated, but I just really felt the need to post about this, because the words "healthy" and "clean" are so abundant around the blog world now a days that I was just wondering…do you guys think there is a difference?
What is healthy food? Is it the same as clean food? If you are eating healthy does that mean you are a "clean eater?" And if you are not eating "clean" does that make you unhealthy?
Here’s my two cents. And again, this is OPINION.
Healthy eating to me is the basics. Good carbs, lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and veggies. So for example, a breakfast of whole wheat toast with peanut butter alongside some Chobani and fruit is pretty healthy in my book.
Clean eating to me is completely unprocessed foods. So fruits and veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats and good carbs would still be involved, but the above breakfast wouldn’t be considered "clean" because the bread is processed as well as the Chobani. A clean breakfast would be an egg white omelet with mixed veggies and maybe a small bowl of plain oatmeal on the side.
Am I making any sense? Once again, this is my opinion, from what I have seen on blogs, instagram, books, ect.
But are you not healthy than if you aren’t eating clean? Absolutely freaking not. You can most definitely still be healthy if you are eating "unclean."
I consider my food to be pretty healthy. I eat a lot of bread, yogurt, and pre-made meals like Amy’s pizzas though, so I guess I’m not considered a "clean" eater. I also eat sugar (GASP!) Most of the "clean" recipes I come across use a sugar substitute such as stevia, which yes I do use on occasion, but I typically prefer my cakes to taste like the sugary heaven they are supposed to taste like.
Healthy to me, is being real, and being real isn’t eating baked chicken and asparagus for every meal. Real is prepping your food at home, it’s reading food labels at the store, and it’s definitely enjoying a treat or two. Healthy to me is living in the real world without having to pack food every single time you leave the house (unless of course you have an allergy or something extreme).
Does any of this make sense? I really just wanted to get this off my chest, because to be honest, sometimes I start to feel "unhealthy" when I look at others’ food choices. I mean, when did whole wheat bread become unhealthy? Or even Chobani greek yogurt?
Yes, I understand these things are processed. And yes I get that we should try to limit our processed foods. But should we condemn or look down on others because they don’t live up to your "clean" standards? Should we ridicule the single mom who doesn’t make her kids eat 100% unprocessed home cooked meals? No, we shouldn’t. At least not in my book.
SOUND OFF!! What are your thought on Healthy VS Clean? Is there a difference?
Do you find you eat “healthy” or do you eat “clean”?