So, I'm randomly searching the 'net for new clean eating recipes to plan my meals for the week. I find it funny how many "clean eaters" seem to be using non-clean items in their meals and snacks. ie: squares of chocolate bars on the top of cookies. Hmmm, seems the opposite of clean to me, dirty if you will. Others are using white flour and making "clean tuna sandwiches" on white bread. Jeeze, here I am, trying to avoid chocolate, and fellow "clean" eaters are baking cookies and putting chocolate bars on top! To avoid any clean eating confusion, here's the basics of clean eating....
Basically, clean eating is eating food in it's most natural state, or at least as close as you can get. A girl that I work with was trying to explain it to a fellow co-worker and told her to eat "whatever has a mother" haha. Au contraire! Beef does not fall under the category of clean meats, and I'm sure that people would love to get away with saying that bacon is!
It's not some fad diet in which you'll lose a bunch of weight and then you're ok to go back to eating the crap that you were eating before, it's a lifestyle change and you have to be committed.
You eat 5-6 meals a day. yes, you read that right, you eat that many meals. A clean eating meal plan consists of 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day. Each "meal" consists of a lean protein and complex carbohydrate, ie: fruits and/or veggies. This combination balances your glycemic index, avoiding a blood sugar spike and crash.
Make sure you drink plenty of water. Two liters a day is recommended to stay hydrated and to flush out toxins.
Avoid processed, refined, fried, as well as foods high in sugar, and trans and saturated fats. Opt for complex carbs and whole grains instead.
Buy organic where you can. Some things are super unnecessary to buy organic. Like bananas, the peel is too dense for the pesticides to actually make it to the banana itself.
Try to have essential fatty acids daily. These can come from flax seed, chia seed, and avocado to name a few.
Stay within a healthy portion size.
It may sound like a lot to conform to, but once you get into a groove and plan your meals, which in my opinion is essential for clean eating, it'll get easier!