What is spot clean food?

White dress shirt in a market

Original photo by gadjoboy via Flickr

Have you ever used a Tide pen? (Or, as it’s properly known, Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover®). If yes, then you’ve done some spot cleaning. In laundry, to spot clean means to remove a stain without washing the entire garment.

“Spot cleaning” your food simply means removing those specific things from your diet that are compromising your health. (It’s also known as an “elimination diet,” but that sounds so…severe).

But just like you can’t spot clean a really filthy shirt, it does no good to spot clean if your diet isn’t clean, but where do you start?

Think of that wardrobe staple, the classic white dress shirt. Clean food is:

Free from chemical additives
Chemical treatments (pesticides, herbicides, flavorings, even enriched and fortified with vitamins and minerals) are like picking up a shirt off the floor, dousing it in cologne, and thinking you can get away with it.

Processed foods are like selling a shirt without buttons and saying it’s better that way (Now getting dressed is even easier!).

Genetically modified foods are a novelty (think ruched, ruffled, puffy, pirate). Someone may have been convinced it was a good idea at the time, but in the long run, it just doesn’t work.

So good clean food, like a good clean shirt, has nothing added, nothing taken away, and nothing new and improved.

Spot Clean Food will show you that a clean and allergy/migraine-free diet doesn’t have to be boring. It can be timeless. It can be versatile. It can be dressed up or dressed down. Most importantly, I believe, when everything else in the world is out of sorts, it can help you feel better and it can be fun.

Now, let’s get cooking.

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