I don't know about you, but sometimes I hear a phrase so often its meaning becomes cloudy and ambiguous. Such is the case with "clean eating." I hear it every day, in many different contexts, often as a prod to purchase something "clean" and often with a hefty dose of judgment. How can we make the word meaningful again? Well, I'm here to say you'll find your answer at the intersection of nutrition education and personal trial and error. Clean eating is all about enjoying real food, made with real ingredients and delighting in colors, textures and flavors. It's also finding the foods that work for you and creating a game plan for how to interact with foods that don't work so well for you. For me, high quality dairy in moderate amounts works fine, but I have a fairly low tolerance for gluten. When I have too much, my body starts sending me signals to please stop. If I have too much sugar, I feel really anxious and restless. Discovering your personal template for clean eating is an act of self-discovery, honesty and empowerment that will literally change your life.
Below is a very simple recipe I made not so long ago. I cut up fresh asparagus and purple potatoes and sauteed in a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. Delicious and easy.
Lorie Gehrke, NC
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