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Pros & Cons of a Clean Food Diet

As people are starting to pay attention to what goes into their food and look at the long term effects of additives and preservatives, many people are considering the clean food diet. The clean food diet is one that involves only eating healthy and natural foods. People on this diet cut out added sugars, processed foods and foods that are filled with chemicals. This means focusing on fruits, vegetables and lean meat.

With any diet or eating regimen, there are pros and cons to following it. With the clean food diet there are more pros than cons, but both need to be considered before someone makes this type of lifestyle change. Following this diet has a lot of advantages because it allows people to lose weight, improve their overall health and does not require calorie counting. However, some people find it hard to follow for a few reasons, such as the cost of these foods.

The clean food diet can be one of the easiest diets to follow, but it does represent a lifelong change in eating. People on this diet do not have to count calories, add up points or eliminate carbs completely, and the clean food diet allows people to eat until they are satisfied. Since they are eating healthy foods that are low in bad fats and added sugars, people are still able to lose weight without limiting the amount of food that they eat.

The goal of this diet is twofold. First, and most importantly, this change in eating is to ensure the health and longevity of the person following it. By eating foods that are natural and filled with nutrients rather than additives leads to better digestion, more energy and an improved immune system.

Second, the diet aims to help people lose weight in a way that is completely natural. Most of the foods that we eat today are filled with sugar and bad fats because those foods taste good and light up the pleasure center of people’s brains. This is probably carried over from when food was scarce and people needed to seek out high fat and calorie foods to survive; however, this is clearly not the case today. Since there is more than enough of all kinds of food available today, it is up to people to make choices that promote health and longevity.

Still, there are some issues with the clean food diet. As with any diet that cuts out added sugar and bad fats, many people will have problems sticking to it. While it is not a particularly restrictive diet, totally forgoing most of the food people currently eat is difficult to adjust to. That said, both fat and sugar are completely acceptable in a clean food diet, they just need to be a part of food naturally, like the sugar in fruit and fat in meat and nuts.

Another common problem that people run into when following the clean food diet is the cost of these foods. Sugary, fatty, high calorie mass produced foods are cheap, whereas raw fruit, vegetables and low fat meat are not. The price rises even further if someone following the clean food diet wants to eat organic foods. Unfortunately, outside of budgeting and trying to get food at farmer’s markets, there is not a way to get around the high cost of good food. However, the fact that they are more expensive should make clear that they are more valuable to people than processed foods.

The clean food diet does represent a lifestyle change, but it is to a healthy lifestyle.

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Sam is a blogger who focuses on health and fitness as well as diet and how that can alter lifestyle. He also has recently tried the clean food diet. Thanks to Sam for providing us with this great article.

Top 5 Recipe Books for Healthy Cooks

Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, but with the right resources and know how, healthy eating can be done without too much thought or bother. Providing you know the basics, combined with some easy recipes, you’re bound to be cooking up your very own health food storm in no time at all.

Here are a selection of some of the top recipe cook books that should be on nestled on your kitchen shelf. You can simply never have too many cook books – Our personal collections just keep on growing like a field of organic corn.

We hope you find this list as useful as we did.

Carbs & Cals by Yello Balolia

Carbs & Cals by Yello Balolia


1. Carbs & Cals by Yello Balolia – This book is directed towards individuals with diabetic dietary needs specifically type one, but still serves as a great source of healthy eating ideas. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your diet to lose weight or keep blood sugars down, then this is certainly the book for your.

The book is packed with visual aids to help give you an idea of portion size, so that you can keep on track with your diet without the need for technical measuring devices. I love the way you can just look at a page and see what is considered a “portion” and what isn’t. Portion your food properly along with regular exercise, and your bound to see quick results.

 

 

 

 

Jamies Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver

Jamies Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver


2. Jamie’s Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver – When thinking of quick to assemble, “bish bash bosh,” great tasting food, no chef springs to mind quicker than Mr Jamie Oliver himself. This isn’t his latest cookery book available, but it’s certainly proven to be a must have book amongst the masses. Designed to reinvent the way you cook, even if you consider yourself a fairly decent whizz in the kitchen, Jamie’s Ministry of Food will have you looking at cooking in a completely different light.

Need to new way to make your texan chilli kick? Possible alternative methods to making a fish pie? Look no further than this great publication from Mr Oliver himself. I particularly like the way he reduces the amount of washing up created by each cooking experience – no body likes washing up!

 

 

 

You Can Be Thin by Marisa Peer

You Can Be Thin by Marisa Peer


3. You Can Be Thin by Marisa Peer – A dieting book like no other, this insightful text takes a different approach to dieting which has proven to be a massive success amongst it’s readers. This isn’t so much jam-packed with health recipes as such, but is more so aimed towards those of us who need to lose excess weight first. Many of us on diets already know what we should and shouldn’t be eating, but putting these thoughts into actions is a completely different story altogether. I for one know that eating too many doughnuts in exchange for a nice piece of ripe fruit, won’t bode too well with my figure.

This books aims to deal with the mental side of dieting as opposed to the actual physical action of replacing that cream cake with a carrot. An incredibly motivating read supported by many of it’s readers, if you plan to diet any time soon, this is certainly the book for your.

 

 

 

 

Bread - River Cottage by Daniel Stevens

Bread – River Cottage by Daniel Stevens

4. Bread – River Cottage by Daniel Stevens – Bread is a massive staple in many of our daily lives, from toast in the morning to sandwiches in the afternoon. However, because of convenience and a whole host of other reasons, a lot of us don’t even attempt to make our own bread. Bread from the River Cottage gives a great insight into the basics of bread including a closer look at the key ingredients (flour, years, salt and water) whilst including approximately 60 different bread recipes for your to try at home. I don’t think there’s anything better than the smell of fresh bread in a home, it does wonders for the mind.

Classics including pizza bases, wholemeal buns,  simple white loafs or complex seed & nut ensembles, this recipe book provides something for everyone.

 

 

 

 

Mum Knows Best - by Dave Myers & Si King

Mum Knows Best – by Dave Myers & Si King


5. Mum Knows Best – The Hairy Bikers Family Cookbook by Dave Myers & Si King – Now if like ourselves, you were lucky enough to grow up on delicious Mums home cooking, you’ll know that nothing gets the nostalgia train racing quicker than a home cooked meal. There’s something incredibly satisfying about sitting down to a roast dinner with all the trimmings made to the standard only a Mum could produce. That’s where the Hairy Bikers come in. Check out the roast potatoes recipe when you get hold of this glorious book – simply wonderful!

This book addresses all the key elements, tips and tricks of the trade required to create delicious meals for you and your family. Recipes are straight forward, with most of the ingredients available to any kitchen novice. Take a step back to childhood and relive timeless moments of tasty excellence.

 

 

Top Tips to escape Trans Fats this Christmas!

For many of us, there will be an abundance of food around the house this Christmas and it’s not difficult to get carried away. One of the key elements to try and avoid this festive season are the man made fats known as trans fats.

Trans fats are produced during hydrogenation: a chemical process that manufacturers use to convert vegetable oils into semi-solid fats.  This helps to extend the shelf life of the food and tends to give food a creamier taste. Cutting out these trans fats could reduce UK deaths from from heart disease by up to 20 percent! Take a look at the Healthy Hideout’s top tips for keeping the trans fats at bay this Christmas:

  1. When choosing margarine for baking or sandwiches, try to keep away from hard block recipes, looking out for brands that have low trans fat content. If you can’t see this information, look out for hydrogenated fat or oil levels.
  2. When light frying in the pan, use a good quality olive oil rather than sunflower or vegetable. It’s that much better for you!
  3. When preparing side salads for Boxing Day lunch why not try Sunflower seeds or chopped pumpkin seeds instead of bacon bits – Bacon bits are soaked in trans fat!
  4. If you feel a craving for something savoury whilst watching your favourite Christmas movie, try substituting potato chips and crisps for something a little more imaginative. Peanut butter smeared on celery sticks is a great option!
  5. Try spending a little more time in the fresh food aisles of the supermarket – Research has shown that foods with high trans fat content are kept in the centre of the supermarket.
  6. Substitute the goose fat soaked roast potatoes for jacket potatoes this Christmas. Jacket potatoes are naturally low in fat and high in carbohydrate.
  7. If you need to stock up on processed foods such as biscuits, cereals or desserts try to stick to lower-fat versions of them. It may seem a little tedious, but it really is worth it!
  8. Make your own – Here at the Healthy Hideout, we can’t encourage making your own baked goods enough! Try your cakes, muffins and biscuits and pack them with contents that you enjoy whilst keeping the trans fats to a minimum!

We don’t want to start scaring you into thinking Christmas is just one big opportunity to gain weight, because it isn’t. It’s a time to be enjoyed and remembered! Just try to keep long term health in perspective – Your heart will thank you for it!