Don’t get sucked in by the rhetoric of “eating clean”

I’m not usually one for reblogging other people’s posts; I prefer to just shamelessly fangirl. But this one really struck a note with me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!


Here's some clean eating for you: Oreo soap. Here’s some clean eating for you: Oreo soap.

Just as holiday baking and the frenetic activity of the season descends upon us every December, so does its inevitable companion: talk of “clean eating.”

British chef Nigella Lawson rightly identifies clean eating as a fad diet that can be used to mask eating disorders. She also believes, as do I (see my post “‘You’ve Lost Weight, You Look Great’ Isn’t a Compliment”), that telling someone is not something we should regard as a compliment. See more about Nigelia and her new book here.

We’ve discussed clean eating a few times on the blog. I’ve talked about living clean without eating clean.  There’s also its clean eating’s close cousin: the detox or cleanse.  Read about the ice cream detox here. And if you weren’t aware, everyone with a functioning liver detoxes constantly:

detox by having a liver

So let me just reiterate a basic…

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3 thoughts on “Don’t get sucked in by the rhetoric of “eating clean””

  1. Thank you for this post! I definately think the “clean eating” fad can mask eating disorders. What is clean eating anyway? We’ve discussed this before and I don’t follow a plan, although naturally my eating falls under the 80-20% method. If sweets aren’t clean then I’m clearly not a clean eater, nor will I ever be! Thanks Pip!

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  2. I read this post and really liked it, too. I struggle a lot with my appetite. I get full quickly and can’t always force myself to eat, even if I am hungry. I really think that with my training load, I would not physically be able to eat enough calories (without force-feeding myself) if I ate clean all the time. Sometimes, if I have a particularly healthy, “clean” meal (I love roasted squash, potatoes, carrots, and onions), I need to supplement it with something processed a little later just so I can get enough calories. For me, sometimes “bad” food is actually healthy because it helps me meet my caloric needs when I’m struggling to do so.

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