Yes. You read that correctly. I hate the phrase clean eating. I cringe every time I read it or hear it. I know that many of you probably subscribe to the philosophy of clean eating and let me be clear. I do not hate the general idea of clean eating. I hate the phrase clean eating and how it has become such a thing.
I’m not exactly sure when the phrase clean eating became trendy, but it most definitely is now. Everyone is talking and writing about how they eat clean and on and on. So what does clean eating even mean? Well, the general concept means eating whole, unprocessed food but there is no one definition. Many people define clean eating to be eating a vegetarian or vegan diet or eating something more akin to the Whole 30. Like many things, it’s defined differently by different people. So why the hate? I’m totally down with eating real, unprocessed food. In fact, it’s something I strive for.
Remember, I said I hate the phrase clean eating, not the concept. I hate how so many healthy living bloggers talk incessantly about clean eating. I hate how the word clean is used. The implication, by default, is that everyone else is then what – dirty eating, eating dirty? Why is this phrase needed to reference eating a healthy diet? I’m not sure, but it’s everywhere and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, I’m sure.
I don’t know quite why this particular phrase bothers me, but I really do cringe when I read it. I think part of the reason is it always comes off very high and mighty when someone is talking about how they “eat clean.” I mean, give me a break. Just say you try to eat a healthy diet and be done with it.
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