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Clean Eating and Barbecue

Clean Eating and Barbecue

As Pitmaster’s, BBQ and Grill lovers, you may think all we eat is Protein, Protein, Protein. We do speak alot about Paleo and Keto Diets, which focus on eating more Protein and Less Carbs. But we as Grillmaster’s are not eating Brisket, Steak and all Types of Red Meat Everyday. We DO Clean Eating.

For us, Proteins include small amounts of red meat, pork, chicken, fish, lamb, turkey and legumes.We like to follow what is called the “Mediterranean Diet”. This way of eating is a leisurely social affair, to be enjoyed with friends and family, and maybe a glass of wine—all of which sounds like the makings for the best kind of cookout. We view the barbecue grill as just another tool, like the oven or stovetop, on which you can gently cook nutritious ingredients like peak-season produce and fresh seafood, all year round.

You don’t need any special gear to grill the Mediterranean way, though a wire grid or grill basket can be handy when barbecuing smaller vegetables and fish.

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Clean Eating and Barbecue

According to Stephanie Jaworowski, MSACN, (a clinical nutritionist at the Integrative Healing Center) The Standard American Diet (SAD)—one high in meat, dairy, fat, sugar and refined, processed junk foods—has become our new normal. Unfortunately, this is the exact type of diet that can initiate a cascade of inflammation, leading to altered gene expression and chronic disease. Inflammatory foods include gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, trans and saturated fat, processed foods, artificial sweeteners and additives, and fried foods. The more we consume these foods, the more our genetics are altered, leading to chronic disease.

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Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate. At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. Preparing and enjoying Real Food that comes from its origins and is made from scratch is the finest way to nourish your body.

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Now that we know inflammation can lead to chronic diseases, it is important to decrease this inflammation