Hi all-new to team here too-been slowly cleaning up my eating over the past 3 years-it is sometimes difficult with food labeling and all~ I have read the book It starts with Food-really an eye opener. Eating out is tough if you want to be clean-unless you are fortunate enough to live near organic/clean restaurants. Maine is working on labeling GMOs so that is a good thing!!
to the team! I don't eat dairy because my body hates me when I do, but I do eat plenty of beans. All of our bodies are different and finding a life-long eating plan that works with your body can take time. I'm not so sure I'd give everything up at once unless your body is rejecting something. Mainly because you may feel deprived when completely giving so many things up at once. I started with red meat (my body hated me when I ate it...now the smell of it turns my stomach) and then had to give up dairy. I'm now getting to the point where fowl tastes like fat to me. It's been a process of 2 years to get to this point. I adore most fruits & vegetables and try to incorporate more and more in my diet daily. Good luck in your journey and feel free to ask the team anything as there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained here.
My definition of eating clean is eating food as close to nature as possible:
For example: Eat an apple as opposed to applesauce. Eat applesauce (sugar free) as opposed to apple pie. Eat apple pie and die. (not really . . . but it rhymed and is true, in a sense, by contributing to poor nutrition . . . )
One can't always make the preferred choice-the apple, but knowing the basics help in making better, healthier and cleaner choices.
I eat very little dairy or grains, but do not limit them entirely. I think the diet you may be referring to, may be something like a detox diet and total restriction of the foods you mentioned may be only temporary and later reintroduced into your diet in limited quantities.
Welcome to the forum!
Edited by: PAM_COOPER at: 6/15/2013 (00:44)
Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.
SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6" GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140) CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5 My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again! (I'm STILL getting there . . . )
I am so excited to find a group of people who are all motivated to eat clean! This is something I have really been trying to be better about. The sticky thing is that it has different definitions to everybody! What I want to know is, what does eating clean mean to you?
In order to make an effort to eat better, I picked up a book called "It Starts With Food". Has anyone else read this thing??? It's as eye opening as the first time I ever watched "Super Size Me." Anyway, it has me really motivated to try out it's eating recommendations, so I've been doing that this past week. It hasn't been easy - it doesn't allow for dairy, legumes (including soy products), grains, and many other things that I eat daily. The hardest part for me has been giving up yogurt and peanut butter, two of my staples!
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