I believe venison is clean... most meats are, unless you're talking about processed meats like deli meat. Obviously, eating grass fed and organic meat is going to be best, but I know for me that can be tricky to find.
I only use honey. Some people use stevia.
Staple foods... hmmm... we always have sweet potato, zucchini, onion, cauliflower, broccoli.... tons of veggies. =)
The most difficult thing for me is the prep and the fact that I don't really enjoy cooking.
-Is venison considered clean? Yes. It is a lean protein... -What sweeteners do you use? (stevis, sucanat??)None really... I will use organic local honey on occasion, but it is very rare.-what are some "staple" foods you have for clean eating?Baby carrots, spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, lean chicken, ground turkey, almond milk for the kids, greek yogurt, tons of fruit-what is the most difficult thing about clean eating?Certain things are just processed- breads ( can I make my own? Yep, sometimes I don't have time), cereals are processed which I use on yogurt sometimes....things like that...
" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13
Venison - I consider all game meats inherently cleaner than most supermarket beef because of the animal's lifestyle. Keep in mind that there is starting to be a little farmed venison, that is fed a lot more grain than what deer naturally eat in the wild. So, as always, you want to be sure of your source. I hunt pronghorn in the fall and buy venison, elk, bison, lamb, and goat to make up the difference.
I don't use sweeteners myself, apart from a tiny amount of date sugar. Everything else, even raw honey, gives me heart burn, makes me feel dehydrated, and throws off my blood sugars for days. My husband uses honey and turbinado sugar for his tea and other drinks.
Staples - good quality red meats, chicken, and fish, organ meats, eggs, veggies, fats (butter, tallow/suet, olive oil primarily), fermented foods (I have hom cured cabbage, and parsnips this year) and bone broth. I save bones obessively and always have a pot on the back of the stove full of bones and water.
Hardest thing - restaurant eating. It's near to impossible to eat clean, eating out. There are a few things at my favorite places that I am sure are okay, for me, so we just don't eat out very much now. Better for the pocketbook too. :-)
Venison is considered clean. Very versatile, too!
For sweeteners, I try to keep them to a minimum, but I use 100% maple syrup, honey, or sucanat. I can't stand stevia. Every great once in awhile, I'll use Splenda, but that's rare (and not considered clean).
Staples- I have a ton. I get a lot of dry beans, cook them in large batches, then freeze them in 8 oz and 16 oz servings (using Zip Locks). All kind of fruits and veggies, depending on the season (always have salad mix- I love Organic Girl Super Greens). Chicken breasts, ground turkey, grass-fed ground beef, butter, Ezekiel bread, brown rice, soy and almond milks, lactose-free milk (DS and I are lactose-intolerant), Greek yogurt, Kashi Go Lean cereals, cheese, sweet potatoes (I bake them a few at a time and eat them throughout the week), eggs (I buy at least 2 dz a a time, boil one up, and eat throughout the week)... trying to think what else.
The most difficult thing- eating away from home, time (though I've found my own tricks and staple recipes, and I've always cooked from scratch anyway).
"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."
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