So what is the problem? The problem is the recategorisation of what essentially is how, as humans, we were born to fuel ourselves and the off-putting nature and limitations that calling it 'clean eating' brings up.
How about this instead? Maybe the desire to be 'less' is a state of delirium imposed on you by a society that wishes to sell you anxiety. When you buy into that anxiety you become a pawn. One who lives out his or her life beholden to your own bodily parts.
There's no shady claims to nutritional know-it-all, nor totally impractical cheffy ideas involving blowtorches and elderberries picked from the mane of a unicorn. It's real, it's achievable and it encourages a genuine balance so hard to come by now. "I'm an omnivore, and part of being an omnivore means I'll eat anything,' she says. Nigella, never leave us again. Please?
Is anyone else getting a bit sick of the hashtag #eatclean? It's not what it represents, which I largely agree with, but how loaded the term is. If this is eating 'clean', that suggests eating any other way is somehow 'dirty'.
We all want to look good throughout the year and summer represents a fresh new beginning, where we start to take off our winter layers. Summer's lighter layers and looks however remind us that the stodgy food of the festive cold season has left us with unwanted weight gain and dull looking skin, hair and eyes.
In Vietnam, where gỏi cuốn originates (literal translation: salad roll), every city, every region has their own version of filling wrapped in rice paper. Its a salad, wrapped up neatly into a tight roll and served with a tasty dipping sauce.
Having heard rumours that juicing 'could be for everyone' and being tempted by the rumoured benefits: 'boosts energy' 'aids digestion' 'reduces stress' 'and 'helps you to live longer' (what?), I decided I probably should give it a try.
I know this is going to come as a shock to you if you're used to counting calories but not all calories are created equally. It's time to forget totting up the numbers and instead think about how the food you're eating is making you feel and what good it can do to your body.