Post # 1
So I’m unhappy with my weight and the way I eat right now and in the new year I’m hoping to make the transition into clean eating. However, I could use some wisdom about this because no one I know really practices this.
What foods should I always have in my fridge? What kinds of things do you prepare for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Any wisdom you could share would be so great. Just tell me whatever you feel like I should know!
Post # 3
Define “clean”. Some people use that to describe organic, and others use it to describe Paleo!
I eat clean when I’m training for a race. I like oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, or an English muffin or toast with peanut butter and fruit.
I like yogurt or soup for lunch, with more fruit as a snack.
And for dinnner, TONS of veggies. Sometimes with meat, but not usually. And some kind of a grain.
But LOTS of foods that are easy to snack on. Nuts, fruits…
Post # 4
@Ruby-Redshoes: It totally depends on what you mean by clean. I use this list every time I go shopping and my weight goals are right on target!
Post # 5
@Ruby-Redshoes: DH is paleo, so we do a lot of meats, veggies and fruit. We don’t have bread, rice, pasta, hardly any wheat or dairy and no processed food. Dried fruit and nuts are great for snacks. I don’t have very good willpower, so I don’t keep anything bad in the cupboards. If it’s not there, I can’t eat it!
Post # 6
I don’t really know necessarily that there is a definition for clean eating. To me, it means low fat and low carbs. Think grilled chicken breast and steamed veggies. No dark meat, no sauces, no desserts, nothing artificial, etc. I would still use oil for cooking (olive), but not much. Tons of lean protein (poultry breast, seafood, Greek yogurt, eggs), steamed veggies (mostly green) and some fruits.
Have you read the book the truth about six pack abs? I think that has a very good clean eating plan, but someone correct me if I’m wrong about all this!
Post # 8
@Ruby-Redshoes: I tried clean eating and will try again in a few days after I go grocery shopping. I go by ingredients. It should have 5 or less real ingredients ( things you know and can pronounce on label). a ton of dairy was ok by me, potatoes, veggies. I did things like cucumber salad with rice vinegar and dill. I am also vegetarian so it’s pretty hard but lentils and real sugars like honey and maple syrup. A huge salad with honey mustard dressing ( literally honey plus mustard) was great go to lunch. Just try your best to stay away from processed food. I still tried to do weight watchers points with it kinda because eating potatoes and cheese was technically ok for me but I need the moderation… I’m def not happy with my weight and I feel like being strict is the way to go to see results. Good luck!
Post # 9
@BrandNewBride: My goal is to cut processed foods out of my diet (as much as that’s possible) and focus on balancing my meals the way they should be. I also want to really commit to buying grass fed, humanely treated meat. That sounds a lot like paleo but I will probably still use some things that are now allowed in the paleo diet (eg peanut butter).
@futuremrsk18: Yeah, I think you’re right that there is no real specific definiton of clean eating. It’s become a phrase peole use to describe a varity of healthy diets. For me ‘clean eating’ means trying to rid your diet of as much processed food, preservatives, bad chemicals, pesticides, and generally nasty things that shouldn’t be in there as possible. I just want to eat healthy food, I’m trying to focus on balancing my diet the way it’s supposed to be – mostly fruit and veg, some meat, a little dairy etc.
Post # 10
First off, I wouldn’t follow any fad diets. Low carb, paleo, the latest flavor of the month.. ignore it. Eat healthy foods in moderation. Eat bad foods in moderation. Exercise. By cutting stuff out entirely, you’ll only want it more.. and it’s not healthy to cut out whole food groups. You’re aiming for a lifestyle change, not a diet. Unless your willpower is superb, the odds are that if you try any kind of diet that cuts many things out, one day you will stop and gain all the weight back.
Buy a cookbook for beginners. Try not to buy stuff that you just have to heat up to eat. Lots of veggies and fruits… lean meats… etc. Plan your meals for the week and shop with a list, on a full stomach. Don’t buy stuff like chips and pop and cookies. Pinterest has some good recipes too, I find. Make lots of salads.. do a simple dressing with 1 part fresh lemon juice to 3 parts olive oil, and put in a little minced garlic. Healthy and lots of flavor. Also, don’t buy the low fat versions of foods.. usually people eat more of those. Just be mindful of how much of the real thing you’re eating.
Consistency is the key and that’s the hard part!! If you fall off the wagon, get right back on.
Post # 11
Agree with those who say “clean eating” means no processed foods and all organic foods. I maintain my “5 pounds more than ideal” (lol) weight that way, along with abundant exercise.
I don’t worry about how much fat I eat – as long as it’s clean (e.g. organic olive oil, coconut oil or butter, etc.) or how much sugar I consume, as long as it’s clean (organic sugar, honey, etc.)
Carbs the same – I don’t try to limit it, just go organic!
I completely avoid processed foods; that way it’s easy to avoid all the bad fats and sugars that are hidden inside.
Post # 12
@Ruby-Redshoes: stick with fresh food, cut back on dairy & white flour.
Post # 13
@Ruby-Redshoes: define clean as food with fewer than 5 ingredients– veggies, fruit, meat, beans, cheese, rice, nuts. and some whole grain flours. In my fridge I have 1% milk and a heck of a lot of cheese (we don’t eat meat at home and are 100% gluten free). This week I am having:
Breakfast: oatmeal (cooked 3 cups rolled oats, 3 cups milk, 3 cups water, 1 bag of frozen berries, cook for 30 minutes. The leftovers last 5 days) and a banana
Lunch/Dinner (I eat leftovers for lunch):
-califlower pizza (blech– I don’t recommend it)
– butternut squash with shredded parm, olive oil, and rice pasta
-spinach lasanga (with brown rice noodles)
– masa (corn flour) cakes with black beans, cheddar, and quac
– risotto with sweet potatoes and cranberries
– hummus with veggies
When I shop I stick to the outside of the store– I never go down the aisles (except for rice noodles and olive oil). The clean stuff is on the perimeter of the store.
Post # 14
You can’t go too wrong if you eat stuff like avacados, raw nuts, dried apricots, natural yogurt and fresh fruit for snacking. people talk about quinoa a lot and if you like it it’s very versatile for salads etc, just mix with some fresh herbs, tomatoes, celery, avo and capsicum.
I think Hommous with carrot and celery and cucumber is very tasty and filling.
Post # 15
@Ruby-Redshoes: check out the south beach diet. It’s all about eating the right carbs and fats and cutting out the bad stuff. It does advocate substitutes(like sugar free stuff) though, but you can do it without all that, too.
Post # 16
Check out the blog “100 Days of Real Food” – she has a series of “mini pledges” that are baby steps into eliminating processed foods, and eating more “real” stuff. It was a huge help and inspiration for me!