I keep reading about “clean eating”. There are a lot of different interpretations of what that phrase really means. On most sites I’ve visited, the basic definition involved the elimination of processed foods, eating far more fruits & vegetables, some sites include meat, some don’t; some sites include dairy, some don’t, some include whole grains, some don’t. As for the arguments about organic foods….
And all of them seem to agree that there really is no actual definition for what it means to eat “clean”. So to say I’ve cleaned up my diet truthfully means, to me, that I’ve simply chosen to eliminate those foods I know I struggle the most with, and that are the worst for me.
In my case, eliminating most processed foods – pasta, breads, cereals, etc., as well as all sugary crap – cookies, cake, chocolate, etc., is how I start. However, I’m also currently experimenting with vegetarianism (again… yes, again). I’ve not eaten meat since December 29th. Other than a little butter, I’ve had no dairy since then either. I have had a few eggs – I’m not quite ready to go fully vegan, although truthfully most of my meals have been vegan without even trying that hard. Why? I was inspired by Rich Roll, author of Finding Ultra (not an affiliate link) and a ultra distance vegan athlete. I’m going to write a review of his book sometime over the next month – I really loved it.
I read a lot of blogs by folks who are following a Paleo lifestyle – lots of meats, veggies and fruit – and call it clean eating. And for them, I think it is. I do believe that every person has different dietary needs, and no one plan works for every person. I also think that every person has different life challenges and needs to tailor their diet around those issues – time, location, budget. For example, I live in Canada, where organic produce during the winter costs the earth and is hard to find. In fact, even a variety of produce is hard to find sometimes! So I do what I can with what I can find, and use a lot of frozen fruits and vegetables. However, even though time is my biggest challenge, I still cook pretty much everything from scratch and based all my meals around whole foods with lots of fresh or frozen fruits & vegetables.
So my question is – what is your definition of clean eating? How do you get it to fit into your lifestyle?