Clean Diet?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
3334 posts
Sugar bee

I really hate the term “clean” diet because I don’t like the idea of assigning value judgements to food.

That being said, when people refer to a clean diet they are usually referring to a diet made up of unprocessed foods. Depending on the person, that could go as far as say, making their own yogurt as opposed to buying it. For others, it could simply mean eliminating processed foods like TV dinners and hotdogs. Generally though, it means a diet made up mostly of organic foods with limited processing (ie nothing from the centre aisles of the grocery store).

As for the % of meals to make a clean diet, that also depends- some people will argue that you need to at 100% “clean” to have a clean diet, others will allow for some “non-clean” foods. Like I said, I personally hate the term- while some foods are obviously more nutritionally sound than others, classifying food as either good or bad can lead to some unhealthy relationships with eating.

Post # 3
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

californiabride2013:  I perceive it to be avoiding processed food and food/drink with added sugar.  I splurge when I go out to dinner sometimes but try to eat as clean as possible.  For me that means lots of veggies with hummus, fruit and peanut butter (I like to “dip” things), some chicken, yogurt (I like Siggi’s brand, low sugar/high protein), almonds and eggs.  I also occasionally snack on cheese, because cheese is awesome.  Basically, the more foods that are unaltered and consumed in their natural state… the better. Eating clean really makes me feel great but I do love the occasional slice of pepperoni pizza.



Post # 4
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

A “clean” diet is essentially where you eliminate processed junk from your diet. So you eat fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc.


Post # 5
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

I know a lot of “clean eaters” go with the 80/20 rule. 80% clean.

Clean to me means unprocessed, fresh, and as close to natural as possible. With no hormones or additives. And it can be really difficult (and expensive) to find a lot of food in those categories, especially in the US where food labeling laws are atrocious.

Post # 6
7936 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

To me it means: no wheat, dairy, added sugar, processed or fried foods. But it’s not a scientific term or anything so it means what you want it to.

Post # 7
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

californiabride2013:  like the PP i think its very subjective. I consider clean to be not processed- like if it can’t come from the earth its processed . For example, you can grow lettuce but you cannot grow Chips. Sugar is natural but corn syrup is not. Some people consider ‘clean’ to be no sugar at all

 Also, I eat clean whenever possible but I am still human, If I want portillos I have portillos and I eat ice cream every other day or more. Moderation is key!!

Post # 8
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think it’s a pretty meaningless term.  People seem to have their own definitions.  Many foods need to be processed in order for them to be safe to eat.

Post # 9
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

californiabride2013:  Cutting out processed foods, artificial colourants, favourants, etc Cutting on refined sugar etc.


The definition is indeed not clear – yet my rule of thumb is not to have anything in my food like preservatives, colorants etc anything that belongs in a chemical lab lol. Yes sausages and premade pies and reformed chicken, premade burger partties that have chemical ingredients and even BREAD ( if the label states preservatives and anti caking agents, etc  – my plain bread home baked is flour yeast water salt, or skip the yeast if it is a sourdough, I also buy rye bread with these ingredients ONLY)  to give examples.

Another example burger patties I make at home obviously contain meat that I grind at home + spices ( none of the spices have chemical stuff added) unlike the premade stuffthey sell.

Margerine = processed, butter not processed. Instant coffe = processed, ground coffee – not. Quick boil oats – processed, steelcut – not, etc

And yes to me it is 100% exclusion of the chemical additives, anything with  massive shelf life, to jokingly quote ‘it is either has to be a plant or have had a mother’ which is safe to eat.


Fresh fruit, veg, lean meat, fish, whole grains, ( with my diet I have cut on bread, pasta, sugar) and it is not that expensive or difficult once you get the hang of it – I always raid the discount fruit and veg bin, and also have a few vegetarian meals a week, this also helps to cut the cost. I do feel so much better now and lost a lot of weight. It has been a learning curve though! (Luckily my divorced, working two  shifts mom always managed to cook like this for us, so I feel I have no excuses!)


Post # 10
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

californiabride2013:  i follow a “paleo” eating plan pretty closely, and it pushes me into eating “clean” by default. i do not eat dairy, gluten, extra sugars…and as PP mentioned above, i basically do not walk into the center aisles of the grocery store. i eat a ton of meats and fish, fresh fruits and veggies, and nuts – and by paleo standards those should all be organic.

an easy rule of thumb is to not eat anything that has more than 5 ingredients. and if it has an ingredient that you cannot pronounce, don’t put it in your body.

i followed this plan/diet for 4 months leading up to our wedding VERY strictly, and lost 25 lbs and felt the best i’ve ever felt in my life. then i took a break for a couple of months because i wanted to eat fun things. lol!

Post # 11
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

AnnaVictoria:  All of the examples you gave are processed.  If you milk a cow and drink it without heating it, pasturizing it, irradiating it, etc. it isn’t processed.  You don’t get butter without processing.

Post # 12
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

For me, its about:

1. Avoiding foods that cause a negative response in my body (anything containing dairy or soy).

2. Avoiding (if I am behaving myself) or seriously limiting my consumption of foods with added sugars. For example, I eat fruit in moderation (1-2 servings a day), but I won’t add honey to my tea because I am trying to re-sensitize my palate to life with less sugar and fix the negative impact that too much sugar and other simple carb consumption has had on my hormones. I can actually taste the sweetness in 80% dark chocolate now. It used to taste bitter to me, but now it tastes good.  And I’m no longer feeling famished 2-3 hours after eating because my blood sugars have dropped.

3. Avoiding grains because I have a very hard time controling my consumption of them.

I try to eat things in as close to “whole food” form as possible. For example, I’ll choose to eat ground pork that I can prepare and be in control of the ingredients over eating a hot dog where some machine has already added lots of questionable stuff for me. I’ll eat homemade scrambled eggs, but not the powdered scrambled eggs served in many restaurants (which, BTW, make me sick every single time I eat them). I’ll eat homemade tomato basil soup, but not the canned stuff. I want more control over what I am putting into my body, and want to consume less chemicals, sugar, salt, etc. than are in the standard american diet.   

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