Anyway… Recently, I have received questions from several people asking what I mean by clean eating. So, I thought I would do a blog post on it so everyone could see my answer!
My definition of clean eating is pretty straightforward:
Eat REAL food. Not processed, junky Frankenfood. This absolutely includes “diet” food such as sugar-free products and mock butters.
So… what is real food? To me, real food is food that is as close to its natural state as possible. This includes organic fresh vegetables and fruits (frozen and low-sodium canned work alright too!), grass-fed meats, nuts, some dairy, and some whole grains. Avoid sugar — it’s empty calories and extremely addicting. Trust me, I am a recovering sugarholic. For a more thorough explanation of sugar’s addicting properties check out Amanda’s post here.
Trust me, though, as a broke college student, I know eating organically gets expensive. So, I refer to the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen.” This is a great guide on what is worth shelling out your money to buy as an organic product and what products are okay to buy without the organic label.
A general guideline that has really helped me in my clean eating journey: shop on the perimeter of the grocery store. This is typically where your whole food options are. Once you venture into the inner aisles, you are bombarded with processed and/or packaged food. If you do buy packaged food, stick to items with less than 5 ingredients that are all recognizable and pronounceable!
Personally, I don’t eat much dairy or whole grains because I feel better without them, but everyone must do what works for them. The food that most effectively fuels your body is so personal. There is no magic way of eating that works for everyone! That said, I truly believe a clean eating foundation is vital to a healthy lifestyle.
Obviously, I can’t explain ALL of clean eating in one blog post. For further reference, please check out Tosca Reno’s incredible site here.
I hope this helps clarify, friends! Please let me know what other questions you might have.
Have a great weekend!