Clean Lifestyle

So calling myself  ‘Clean Em’, I guess I should tackle the question ‘What is ‘Clean Eating’ Anyway?’

‘Clean Eating’ means different things to lots of different people. Everyone has their own take on what a ‘Clean’ Lifestyle should look like.

While there is no clear definition of ‘Clean Eating’ which isn’t too helpful, it is generally agreed that eating ‘Clean’ is eating foods that are as close as possible to their purest form and from natural sources without having been messed with; foods that are not processed and contain no additives or chemicals. Some Clean Eaters only eat foods with less than 10 ingredients and only if they can recognise or can pronounce them! Others don’t eat packaged foods at all and consume products derived only from nature. Some don’t eat Meat or Dairy, or are totally Vegan.

My thoughts are each to their own! I don’t disagree or agree with any of the above, but I know what works for me and I lie somewhere in between! ‘Clean Eating’ to me is a way of life, it takes some getting your head around but once you do, it’s not a diet, it’s just the way you become, honestly it is!! it becomes a lifestyle, which is why I no longer yoyo diet and it feels sooooooooooo good!!

Personally, where possible I prefer to eat foods in their purest, rawest form. I do eat some meat and I do eat some dairy. I limit starchy carbohydrates like white pasta, white bread, white rice. I don’t eat refined sugar or white sugar, and I no longer have diet or sugary drinks, fruit juice or alcohol (apart from at my treat or ‘re-fuel’ meal which I will talk about later!) and I don’t eat chips, crisps, processed cookies or sweets. I’ve also recently given up all forms of artificial sweetener, which was a biggy for me as I was a Spenda kind of girl. Although I haven’t had sugar in my coffee for years I did need something sweet so always used Splenda. While I honestly don’t love the taste of Stevia I have succumbed and started using it in my coffee now because it is a more natural sweetener and not filled with junk like Spenda! Other than in my coffee I don’t tend to use it but in my cooking instead use natural products like honey or dates to sweeten things up (but just pay attention to how much I use!)

Anyway I deviate…..where possible I do try to make most things I eat myself, making my own food means I know exactly what I’m eating, It just takes a bit of preparation in advance. While this sounds so time consuming it really isn’t that hard and hopefully that’s where  I can help!

So starting out is the hardest bit and getting my head around what and how much I should be eating was by far the most difficult part of changing my habits. But by beginning to make changes we are progressing in the right direction and it will become easier with time!

What to Eat – Clean Foods

Vegetables

Rocket Asparagus Bamboo shoots Bean sprouts Beet greens
Bell peppers Broad beans Broccoli Brussels sprouts Butternut squash
Cabbage Cauliflower Celery Chicory Chives
Kale Coriander Cucumber Dandelion greens Aubergine
Endive Fennel Garlic Gingerroot Green beans
Jalapeno peppers Lettuce Mushrooms Mustard greens Onions
Spring Greens radishes Mange tout Shallots Spinach
Swiss chard Tomato Turnip greens Watercress

Fruit

Apples Blackberries Cherries Grapefruit Lemons
Kiwifruit Gooseberries Nectarines Oranges Passion fruit
Figs Dates (s) Mango (s) Papaya (s) Pineapple (s)
Limes Pears Apricots Loganberries Avocados
Peaches Persimmons Plums Pomegranates Prunes
Tangerines Raspberries Strawberries Bananas (s) Grapes (s)
Watermelon (s) Honeydew Melon

Protein

Chicken Turkey Beef Game Eggs and Egg Whites
Fish Pork Hemp Protein Powder Whey Isolate Protein Powder Shellfish

Carbohydrates

Butter beans Black Beans Chickpeas Kidney Beans Lentils
White Beans Artichokes Leeks Butternut Squash Whole Grain Bread
Pumpkin Sweet Potatoes Turnip Whole Grain Crackers Wholegain Tortillas or Pittas
Brown Rice Polenta 100% Rolled or Steel Cut Oats Quinoa Barley
Green Peas Sweetcorn Carrots Wholewheat English Muffins

Drinks & Condiments

Water Black Coffee Green Tea Rooibos Black tea
Herbal teas Fresh herbs and spices 100% cocoa powder Cacao Powder Balsamic Vinegar
Low cal spray oils Apple Cider Vinegar Unsweetened Almond Milk Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Nuts & Seeds

Walnuts Cashews Almonds Sunflower seeds Pumpkin Seeds
Chia Seeds Hazelnuts (Filberts) Brazil Nuts Pine Nuts Pistachios
Natural Peanut Butter Natural Almond Butter Flax seed Macadamia Nut Hemp seeds
Peanuts Pecans Sesame Seeds

See how to eat these lovely clean foods by viewing The Plan

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