You're going to wish you didn't ask, because I'm about to go off on a rant. I was thinking a lot about eating habits in different parts of the world and times. My dad was born in 1952 and they were absolutely dirt poor. They went days without food. Sometimes all they had to eat were tomatoes, baking soda and canned milk. He died in March from lung cancer. He started smoking before he was 10 and smoked non filters for a long time. I remember him being upset that his cigarettes had filters on them. My gramma was born in 1924 and she's healthy as a horse. She grew up in a time when all there was was clean food! Everyone had a garden. There was no soda. No chips. No fast food. She never developed a taste for unclean, processed foods. If you look at asian countries, they have far lower rates of cancer and almost zero allergies. A friend called a caterer in Japan regarding a wedding. She asked for a gluten free meal for a guest and they had no idea what that meant. They eat pretty clean, though the heavy metals are higher in fish etc. But we're glutenous in North America. When you compare to the 20's, 30's, 40's and even into the 50's we're disgustingly overfed.
I grew up on a mix of processed and clean foods. My dad was a meat and potatoes man so that's what we ate, a lot. Not much chicken, even less fish. But snack food was big. Not as big as it is now, but pretty big. I grew up on what my mom called "bed time snacks". Usually popcorn, chips, cookies, ice cream. I remember my now ex-husband wanting me to stop making processed foods and I truly had no idea what he was talking about. It was a foreign word to me. I had no idea that Hamburger Helper was a "processed" food. I thought I was cooking! Frozen chicken nuggets? How can that be bad? It's chicken, right? It's taken me a long time to get it.
So to answer the original question...what is clean doing for me? Honestly I don't notice a benefit until I don't eat clean. Then I feel horrid. My skin is bad, my digestion is...wierd...and I have crazy blood sugar/energy issues. Crashes and highs. I'm not perfect by any stretch, but I am honest and vocal with my daughter, who's 12. She knows what foods we eat are processed, how they are and she knows the good things about what we eat that is clean. I explain meals to her. We talk about why we make the choices we do on a regular basis. When I learn something new, I tell her. So she's not just observing, she's actually learning. Long before I did.
"You're on the line between breaking point and breaking through"
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