What The Heck is Clean Eating?

If you are like me, you want to be healthy and fit but don’t always know the best way to achieve that goal. To add to the confusion, there are always “new” concepts being flung about. Lately there seems to be a lot of talk about Clean Eating.

So what is Clean Eating? I found a good definition from rebeldietician.us. It says: eating clean means to adopt a sustainable lifestyle that emphasizes the consumption of whole, real and nutrient dense foods that are grown or raised organically, while limiting intake of highly-processed and refined foods in order to achieve optimal health and wellness.

What do they mean by “unprocessed foods”?
Unprocessed foods include:
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Dried legumes = beans (all kinds), lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas
Nuts
Farm-fresh eggs

Minimally processed foods:
Unrefined grains = whole wheat bread and pasta, popcorn, steel cut oats, quinoa, and brown rice
Frozen fruits and vegetables

Unprocessed meats and dairy:
Choose wild over pastured
Pastured grass-fed over grain-fed
Hormone free dairy

Oils:
Canola
Olive
Coconut
Grapeseed

Pesticide-free organic food is recommended. And you still need to watch portion sizes! (Parts excerpted from Fitness Magazine)

I do most of this but it is difficult and costly sometimes to choose only organic. If you are just starting out, please don’t feel like you have to gut your kitchen and start over! That will be super expensive! Instead replace items as you need them with the healthier version. If you have a family that is resistant to change try easing them into it gradually. For instance, if you usually buy regular white flour pasta, buy a “whole grain” pasta first then move to the whole wheat pasta. The whole grain has a consistency and color closer to the white pasta. If you don’t tell them, they probably won’t notice. When we made the switch to skim milk we did it gradually going to 1%, then 1/2% then skim. It took a few weeks but no one complained and now we love skim!

Also check out the Farmers Markets in your area. Many times they offer organic produce that is cheaper than getting it from the store. Also Kroger and Target are now offering a lot of organic store brand foods. They are usually less expensive than the specialty stores like Whole Foods and Earth Fare. Also watch for sales! I recently got wild caught salmon at Earth Fare on sale for half price! If they are out of the special, many times they’ll sub in something similar. I hope this info helped you! As always, thank you for visiting and may The Lord bless you!

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