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Is Clean Eating Just Another Fad? 

With celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian jumping on the bandwagon, there’s no wonder why clean eating has become so popular over the last few years.

But what exactly is clean eating and is it doing your body more harm in the long-run?

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What is clean eating?

Clean eating can basically mean whatever you want it to; anything from vegan, raw vegan, paleo, or simply sticking to the essentials and eating food in it’s primal, natural state. Unlike other food trends or diets, clean eating doesn’t really have many outlines – it’s more of a ‘monkey-see, monkey-do’ type of approach.

How many times have you been trolling through the Instagram feed and seen a relatively healthy meal with the hashtags clean eating, vegan or foodie under the description? Probably too many to count.

Are there any positives?

Generally, health professionals do agree that clean eating of course has its benefits. Although, most nutritionists will agree that going on any extreme diet won’t benefit your body, since it is never a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Even though your body might be receiving enough vegetables and plant-based nutrients from a cleaner diet, what about the good fats and natural sugars that this diet often neglects? Especially if you are already suffering from an existing health condition which can have severe repercussions on your overall wellbeing.

Is social media to blame?

The rise of the social media star doesn’t just end with the Kim Kardashian’s of the world. A number of Australian personalities such as FreeLee the Banana Girl and Kayla Itsines, who not only track their own progress online, but encourage it through their eating and workout plans.

Many critics and health professionals have been quick to attack these ladies since they seemingly have no tertiary education about nutrition or health (Kayla Itsines is a qualified, and practising Personal Trainer). With millions of followers between these ladies and a number of eating plans, e-books and diets between them, should we be regulating the online health and fitness industry a little more closely?

Just a little food for thought… What do you think about clean eating?

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March 9, 2015

The Raw Till 4 Diet: Would You Try It?

Have you ever heard of a diet which allows you to each endless amount of fresh fruit, and requires little to no exercise? These are some of the main objectives of the Raw Till 4 Diet.

Created by controversial YouTuber Freelee The Banana Girl, the concept is quite simple; a mainly vegan eating plan which encourages the consumption of raw fruit, vegetables, but with absolutely no animal fat.

But how does this diet actually work, and are there any long-term risks associated to it?

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What does Raw Till 4 mean?

The controversial diet involves eating as much (or as little) raw fruits and vegetables as you can until 4pm. Once 4pm hits, you can then continue cooking healthy foods such as gluten-free pasta, healthy grains, and also vegetables.

Are there any side effects?

If you’re coming from a high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet which has also relied on refined sugar for an extended period of time, then of course the transition will be difficult for you – at first! As with any diet, you must be familiar with what is permitted in the eating plan, and nourish your body with raw fruit and vegetables instead.

Some side effects can include mood swings, general fatigue such as headaches and migraines (from coming off the refined sugar). It should be treated as a detox – your body is riding itself from high levels of sugar and other nasties such as processed fats. If you are experiencing anything severe, consult your general practitioner.

What can you eat?

Since this is not a very flexible eating plan (from a beginners perspective), there are some very clear rules about what you can, and cannot incorporate into your diet. Since men require 3000 calories, and women about 2500, this means that you’re constantly filling your body with raw fruits and vegetables.

No animal products, no fruit after dinner, unlimited calories at every meal, and remember to have at least 4L of water each day to flush any toxins out of your system.

Where is my protein coming from?

Since this is a mostly raw vegan diet, the consumption of any type of animal products are strictly prohibited. You can however, receive your protein intake from vegetables such as spinach which contain high quantities from just one cup. Bananas, watermelons and other vegetables are also a great source of protein which won’t weight your body down.

Would you try the Raw Till 4 diet?

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February 23, 2015