Clean Eating? Just What Is It?

Last week, I posted on Facebook if anyone was interested in knowing what “Clean Eating” was as well as “Eating God’s Way”. I was overwhelmed with the responses!!

This post will focus on “Clean Eating”.

What is Clean Eating?

Does it mean you wash your veggies, fruit and meats? HAHA! Nope! Sorry, I am being silly!

Clean Eating is more than just a new diet fad. It’s been around for quite a while!

The definition of Clean Eating is eating food as close to its natural state as possible. As well as-if it grew in the ground or on a tree, swims, flys or had a mother then you can eat it!

It is also defined as not eating food that is processed or has added chemicals or flavorings. Clean eating is not a specific diet, meaning you are not omitting food groups or eating veggies raw.

What Clean Eating Is Not-

Clean eating is not a specific diet, meaning you are not omitting food groups, eating veggies raw, or only eating meat and potatoes! It is a well rounded, healthy way of eating. Diets like Keto, Paleo, intermittent fasting and many others can have clean eating implemented in their plans.

When we talk about processed foods, think about foods that come in a package and are made in a plant. Cookies, crackers, chips, pastas, breads, artificial sweetners and most foods in the center aisles of the grocery stores(although there are some exceptions such as tuna, salmon and some canned veggies and fruits). The only exceptions that are usually made are for Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, kefir, butter, peanut butter and healthy oils-all of which should be more organic and processed as little as possible. I also make the exception for good, quality whey protein shakes as well.

All veggies, fruit(fresh as well as dried) as well as potatoes, sweet potatoes and bread that is made out of ingredients that are processed as little as possible. Meat(beef, pork), Poultry(Chicken and turkey) and fish(shellfish included) as well as eggs are considered “Clean foods”.

How to Eat Clean-

There are some great books out there about Clean Eating. One of my Favorites is “The Eat-Clean Diet” by Tosca Reno. There are several others as well. Just google “Clean Eating”.

The first step is to clean out your pantry. Take a good hard look at what is in there. Get rid of anything that is processed! If it is unopened and you feel guilty about throwing food away-give it away! Donate it to a food bank.

Next, clean out the fridge, same as the process above! Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit the Clean Eating criteria! Again donate anything that you can!

The next step is to go shopping. When you go to your local grocery store the best way to insure that you get food that falls into the “Clean Eating” criteria is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. It’s not 100% but its close! You will want to swing through the frozen section and get frozen veggies and fruit. This is also where a lot of healthier bread options are located as well. I buy Ezekiel Bread when I don’t have the time to make bread(this is where I can control what goes into my bread!). It is always in the frozen section because it doesn’t have preservatives!

One of the best things to do is to also hit up your local farmers market! There you can get tons of fresh veggies and fruit as well as farm fresh eggs. Some markets also have fresh cuts of meat as well!

Clean Eating Meal Ideas-

Breakfast- 2-3 boiled eggs. 1slice Ezekiel Bread fresh fruit

Lunch- Tuna fish(canned in water is fine) 2c. Lettuce Olive oil mixed with splash of apple cider vinegar, spices and a drop of honey dried cranberries to sprinkle on top

Snacks- Greek Yogurt(plain), blue berries and a drop or two of honey, and a sprinkle of sliced almonds

Trail mix of raisins, nuts and seeds

Celery and natural peanut butter

Dinner- Grilled chicken breast sauteed vegetables(zucchini, carrots, peppers whatever you love!) Baked sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon

There are so many meal options that this is a drop in the bucket!!

What’s Next…….

My next blog post will be about “Eating God’s Way”!

Keep an eye for it in a few days!

Do you have any questions about “Clean Eating”?