Clean Eats Cheat Sheet

31 Oct

It’s been pretty busy ’round here lately… I had a birthday over the weekend and have been out like, every single night for the past couple days (mostly eating) and am a little behind on the posts- so, sorry!

Anyway. Recently, I’ve had a couple of people ask me what clean eating means, what it entails, and where to begin. So I thought I’d break it down here for ya, to the best of my ability.

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The rules of eating “clean” vary depending on who you ask, but my interpretation is pretty simple: it basically means eating whole and unprocessed foods.

  • Eat food in it’s whole form & skip processed crap. An easy way to do this is to avoid food that comes in boxes or cans.
  • Replace the aforementioned foods with fruits + veggies. Eat as close to nature as possible.
  • Don’t fear fat: healthy fat is…healthy. Fatty fish, avocado, and nuts are your friends. In moderation, duh.
  • Meat- I’m not a vegetarian nor the maker of the eating clean rules, but I will almost always only eat meat that once ate clean too – grass-fed (not nasty GMO corn), free range, yada yada. Personally, I send a little extra money on meat and buy mine at Whole Foods, from local butchers, and most recently, Good Eggs ((<-more on this awesomeness next week). If you’re a dairy eater, buy organic and please, no low-fat Kraft singles or crap of like that…. ew.
  • There are a few trains of thoughts in terms of grains at moment. I happen to be of the “I eat them” (in moderation) school. In their whole forms- so, spelt bread, oats, brown rice etc, if you swing that way.  Skip the white stuff.
  • Put the Grandma Test to use: If your grandmother wouldn’t have recognized an ingredient, don’t eat it.  Pretty basic good rule. And geeze, if you don’t know what the ingredients are, or you can’t pronounce them, it might be a good idear to skip it.

Basically guys, keep it simple. And hey, if you don’t want to keep it simple, don’t! There area a wealth of recipes on the Internet for clean recipes that are anything but boring. Here are a few of my fave blogs for awesome go-to for clean recipes:

Oh She Glows  + My New Roots <- Vegan and amazing!

The Gracious Pantry <-comes with shopping lists – LOVE.

Eat Yourself Skinny

Chocolate Covered Katie (<- Lots of amazing desserts….yum)

And there are literally hundreds + hundreds  more out there.

So yeah, eating clean means you have to cook. Guys, it’s not the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be complicated and time consuming. In fact, skipping this vital step in food prep is part of what has made our society more obese. If you can’t find the time to cook because of work, or the kids, or whatever excuse you want to come up with, well, you’re jeopardizing your health in the long run and that’s ya know, sort of a big deal.  Eating clean is super easy once you get the hang of it, and I promise you’ll feel a hundred times better than you do on your weird ass diet.

Have questions or need easy food ideas? Just ask! I’m always happy to share.

 

 

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One Response to “Clean Eats Cheat Sheet”

  1. Bob November 2, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Love your information, Meg.

    dad

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