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YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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10/12/12 1:58 P

I don't eat 100% clean, mainly cause I don't have the time/money, but I look at at it as, if you couldn't technically make it yourself, then it probably doesn't go. The only sort of exception to this is milk, cause obviously you can't "make" milk that's drinkable. But, you can technically make your own cheese (I'm taking a class next month!), butter, yogurt, etc.

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10/12/12 1:42 P

Do you know about Andrew Wilder's "October Unprocessed" challenge at Every October he challenges people to spend the month without eating any processed foods. What's super helpful is that he gives really clear explanations of what's processed and why, and breaks it down into categories-- including dairy.

This link is a general overview:

Specifics on dairy in the comments.

I agree with full-fat organic, pastured if possible, dairy products. I make my own yogurt, which sounds fancy but actually is shockingly easy (just requires some planning because of the time factor) and think I'll start making ricotta to sub for cottage cheese and cream cheese since I can't find those without a lot of additives and stabilizers. Cheese I can find without additives which are usually coloring, and I'd rather not eat bright orange cheese anyway.

ETA: Although milk, yogurt, cheese and butter do undergo processing (unless you're drinking raw milk, which may or may not be legal in your state), the general consensus is that if you can reasonably make it yourself, it's okay. If it requires ingredients you can't pronounce or techniques that have to be done in a factory, it's not okay. Michael Pollan uses the "if your grandmother wouldn't recognize it as food, don't eat it" rule, but since for my part my grandmother never met a convenience food she didn't like on the one hand and on the other hand certainly didn't think sushi or hummus counted as food, that rule of thumb doesn't work so well for me! If you had one of those awesome bread-baking, home-canning grannies, though, ymmv.

Edited by: SOCAL_LEE at: 10/12/2012 (13:47)
10/12/12 1:20 P

I agree with all the other posters before me. We have the luxury of a dairy that produces organic milk and a cheese factory that uses their milk, so we go for the full fat organic whenever possible...if you have the time and want to put in the effort you can make your own butter and yogurt and butter milk with organic milk.....I dont go there but know a few who do.

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10/12/12 12:25 P

Oh, and look at this

There is a How To Avoid Processed Food In General section once you scroll down some.

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10/12/12 12:23 P

I admit I do not eat 100% clean, but this is based on people that I know:

-eliminate dyes
-eliminate preservatives and the long words in the ingredients lists (the lesser number of ingredients the better)
-often choose organics or fresh produce from farmers markets (I assume most prefer fresh eggs.. or would buy organic or hormone free eggs)
-whole foods that are products of nature
-unsweetened yogurt
-locally raised meats

The key is really "natural" foods. Nothing refined.

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10/12/12 12:18 P

Hi, I eat clean and I agree with the person posting ahead of me--full fat, organic dairy is the way to go if you eat dairy.

I can't tolerate milk-based dairy (I'm lactose intolerant), but the other people in my family eat full fat organic greek yogurt, some cheeses, etc. We use organic butter.

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10/12/12 12:03 P

I try to eat "clean" and I do not see a problem with most dairy products as long as they are the real deal and not the weird ones. So, "coffee mate" not clean...plain old half and half, clean. Plain old butter, clean... margarine or "i can't believe its not butter" not clean. Organic Yogurts flavored with a bit of fruit, clean....weird Yoplait stuff with dyes and things I can't pronounce, not clean.

That's how I do it anyway. I am not sure if it is the way others do it though.

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10/12/12 11:17 A

Not that I want to become a complete raw foods or clean eater myself, but I am trying to limit my processed foods as much as I can, where I can. One thing I have never been perfectly clear on though is dairy. Do clean eaters eat milk, butter, cheese and yogurt as they are not exactly direct from the earth and are somewhat processed. Just wondering what is the consensus on these?

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