Question: Have you tried Clean Eating?


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I've told a lot of people about clean eating, and I've had a lot of people ask me what it is.  Our family has been mostly clean eating for the past year or so (though we were basically eating this way anyway), and now we eat almost 100% clean.  I wanted to share what clean eating is all about, excerpted from Clean Eating magazine (this is in the beginning of every issue):

"The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible.  It is not a diet; it's a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life- one meal at a time.

  • Eat five to six times a day- three meals and two to three small snacks.  Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal.  This keeps the body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.
  • Drink at least two liters of water a day- (preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic; we're friends of the environment here!).
  • Get label savvy- Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients.  Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.
  • Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta.  Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.
  • Know thy enemies.  Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.
  • Shop with a conscience.  Consume humanely raised and local meats.
  • Consume healthy fats (essential fatty acids, or EFAs) every day.
  • Learn about portion sizes and work toward eating within them.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint.  Eat produce that is seasonal and local.  It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.
  • Drink water with a lemon wedge. A glass of red wine for a special occasion is OK but it should be a rare indulgence.  The health benefits of red wine are reversed after more than one glass a day.
  • Slow down and savor.  Never rush through a meal.  Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite.
  • Take it to go.  Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.
  • Make it a family affair.  Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones.  Improve the quality of your family's life along with your own."

I hope this helps clarify.  Feel free to let me know if I can answer any questions. 

I subscribe to Clean Eating magazine, which is filled with clean recipes.  Oxygen magazine, from the same publisher, is mostly about exercise, but it strongly supports clean eating.  (I don't work for them, and I'm not selling anything, but they've changed my life.)

I have so far lost almost 30 lbs using clean eating and exercise.  I plan to eat this way for the rest of my life.  No one is perfect, and we all have some sugar here and there.  But eating this way most of the time can really change your life and your health for the better.

**Update (4/8/11) 58 lbs lost, thanks to eating clean and exercising!  I've never been happier with this style of eating, and I will be happy eating this way for the rest of my life!

**Update (8/3/11) 69 lbs lost after a long plateau (wasn't sticking to the eating so well, but I'm finally back on track after remodeling and moving), and I wanted to add some before and during photos.

**Update (1/20/12) 80 lbs lost after another long plateau (and the holidays!).  Pounds are melting off again, and I am getting VERY close to my high school weight!  Still a ways to go, but that's alright!

First one just after starting, about 15 lbs down

Me this morning, at 200 lbs (down from 269)

I still have a ways to go, but now that I'm back on track, the weight is melting off again!

**Update 6/2/12- I hit the 100 lbs lost mark a few days ago!  I'm thrilled!!  It's definitely got me motivated to keep going!!

**Update 8/4/12- I hit my initial goal weight this week of 160 (109 lbs lost)!  Woo hoo!!!

Here's a pic of me at about 156 (October 2012)

If you'd like to read more about my journey and what's working for me, you can click here for a more detailed account!

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Jan. 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Congrats!!! u look amazing and thanks for sharing


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Jan. 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM

My son is gluten and dairy intolerant so this actually rules out many processed foods from our diet and I try to substitute whole grains where ever possible,  Fortunately my son prefers raw veggies to cooked ones so this encourages consumption of raw as often as I can afford to. But budget really limits my ability to do this kind of diet with my family.  Since my son also needs special therapy that  has to be conducted at home and since his younger sister is not old enough for pre-school yet, we have to have one stay at home parent so we only have one income right now.

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Jan. 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Wow!  You  are amazing!!  You look wonderful, and you have shown that it is possible one day at a time.  If you have a bad day, do you have a recommendation for how to get back on track?  Thanks, Holly

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Jan. 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I've never heard of Clean Eating. I'm glad you posted this. I've been looking for something to help me on my way. You are definately an inspiration. Thank you.

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Jan. 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

You go, girl!!

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Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

My dear friend! You are my motivation! So happy about you!


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Apr. 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

thank you i dun think i iwll have problem looking for clean food here. its actually cheaper too. :)

and oh yes you are beautiful, keep up the good work mama :)

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Apr. 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Wow!  Looking good. way to go

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May. 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM I never saw this! I didn't know clean eating meant no bread....I think I may have had the wrong idea :P

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May. 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM U look great btw!!

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