Clean Eating: What does it mean??

I’m sure many of you out there keep hearing this catch phrase Clean Eating.  On the surface and at face value it seems pretty straight forward, logical and powerful.  “I’m going to eat CLEAN.” eat-real-food-300x294

But… if you’re like me… you hear these catch phrases and you ask… “OK, what does it really mean?”  My initial though on the phrase is that it means you eat fresh veggies, lean proteins and low Glycemic Index carbohydrates.  You try to stay away from “processed foods” and keep it as healthy and fresh as possible.

But what is processed and what isn’t?  Ketchup? Is that processed?  How about mustard?  Can one be clean eating and the other not? How about those great burritos from Chipotle; they seem to be made fresh. Protein bars? Those don’t come from a plant, tree or animal, they’re technically processed and packaged.  Or how about the All-You-Can-Eat Sushi in town?? They make it fresh right when you order, and it’s fish.  What about soy sauce?  Because let’s be honest… this Chinese girl LOVES her soy sauce, but technically it’s not “naturally occurring”, soy sauce is the byproduct of soy beans being processed… so does that make it not OK?

So much confusion!  So many questions!  It was time to do some research…

After pulling from a couple sources, here and here, this is my conclusion.

  1. It’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle
  2. Avoid processed and refined foods
  3. Consume food in its most natural state; eat whole foods
  4. Let the food label guide you (Long list of ingredients you’ve never heard of? Pass.)

Gosh? Only four points?  Must mean it’s easy to do… maybe, maybe not.  Since clean eating is a lifestyle it’s an ongoing process and something you must keep at if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle.

I’d like to think that many of the recipes I’ve shared on my blog in the past would be considered clean eating.  See… Roasted Broccoli, Siracha Kale Chips, Taboule Salad and many more.RoastBroc2SirachaChip1BulgurWheat1

This blog post is intentionally left open ended; I don’t want to force my own opinion down your potentially clean eating throat.  Maybe do your own research and get back to me.  I’d love to hear your comments below.  So tell me… what does clean eating mean to you?

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