I've been eating clean since 2004. I basically follow Tosca Reno's books and tweak as necessary. I also do a lot of my own food prep (baked goods and bread, jams, frozen veggies/fuits). My own definition reads something like...
Eating whole foods, minimally processed. No white flours or added sugars. No artificial sweeteners, additives or preservatives when possible. Organic produce when possible. Dairy, meat, and poultry are organic, grass fed, free range, cage free, no-GMO. Sustainable fish. Whole grains with the majority coming from non-wheat sources (there are so many cool grains out there, wheat is boring to me now!). Healthy fats (monosaturated sources). 5-6 meals per day, planned and packed in advance if necessary with lots of water to drink and regular exercise.
I try not to be obsessive though and will on occasion indulge in a sweet treat on vacation or for a special occasion. I will also eat fast food, if there are no other choices and I have to eat (my nutritionist always tells me if the option is Wendy's or nothing, choose Wendy's but this doesn't mean the biggest burger on the menu). I just try to make the best choices I can every day.
My own definition is to eat foods the way they are most natural, with minimal processing (only chopping, heating, freezing), only organic, no GMO, no abnormally bred grains like wheat or abnormally raised meat, dairy or eggs from industrial farming, only animal products that are from animals that are humanely raised and slaughtered and don't have medications and abnormal levels of stress hormones in their tissues. Birgit
the gracious pantry site is great - and you can also find a lot of helpful information on the eat clean diet site itself, www.eatcleandiet.com.
basically it's nothing processed (no refined flours or sugars or other packaged foods ith all kinds of preservatives you can't pronounce), smaller meals, 5-6 times a day, each with protein, lots of veggies, lower in carbs (whole grain, and/or count fruits and starchy veggies as carbs), and 2 healthy fats a day. the trick is also portion control...and combined with exercise it's sure to work. it encourges you to cheat twice on the weekend (unless it needs to be during the week) to allow for times when you're out for dinner, etc. drink lots of water and oh, and don't eat after dinner if possible ...
sounds like you're already on the right track - congrats on your weight loss!!
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I too was wondering about clean eating, and today I found a website you might want to check out. It's: www.thegraciouspantry.com. It explains the concept and has "clean" recipes. Hope it helps. =^] And congrats on losing 30 pounds!
Hello! I have lost about 30 pounds through healthy eating/exercise. My goal is to lose those last pounds. I would like to lose around 10/15 to get back into a healthy weight for my height.
I'm a big believer in limiting high cholesterol foods found in animal fats(egg yolks, bacon, etc.). I also believe in eating the "right" type of fats(almonds, extra virgin olive oil, etc.), eating whole wheat products instead of white processed products, and eating lean sources of protein(beans, tofu, chicken breast, etc.). I've looked at some of the threads on this team and have seen a lot about vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, etc. I am wondering what exactly is eating clean? Is it just eating healthy/watching what you eat, or is there a certain methodology to it? Thanks!
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