Introduction to Clean Eating

Clean Eating "Yes" Foods

Clean Eating “Yes” Foods

Clean eating is not a “diet” in the old-fashioned sense of the word. It is a lifestyle choice. To truly eat clean is to gain consciousness of what you are putting into your body and the effects those decisions have on your health. In the simplest sense, clean eating is the avoidance of processed food and a focus on organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and organic, free range, grass-fed meats and poultry.  When clean eaters do consume processed foods, they choose those with a very small and pure ingredient list. Clean eaters avoid all refined sugars and carbohydrates.  For a more detailed explanation of clean eating and some great recipes, visit The Gracious Pantry.

My husband and I are clean eaters lite. When we are purifying, we are very clean. We try to eat clean on a daily basis even when we are not purifying. I’m not going to lie, though. When we are not purifying, we cheat from time to time. I mean, if I’m at a party and they have cheesecake, am I really supposed to not eat it? Let’s be real here. That being said, if I’m purifying and am at the same party, I will not eat that cheesecake. I have tremendous willpower when I want to.

Clean Eating "No" Foods

Clean Eating “No” Foods

I mentioned in the post Healthy Super Bowl Meal Options that my husband and I are purifying from our post-Christmas indulgences. I wasn’t planning on blogging on this quite yet, but on Sunday, we went out to lunch (yes, we still eat out, we just have to be more selective) and my meal came out with a big home-style chunk of cornbread. Surprise and whoops! Then I thought, “What the heck, you’ve been purifying for a month. You can slip an indulgence back in here an there.” So I ate it. Boy, was I sorry Sunday night. As it started to digest, it wreaked havoc in my gut.

The moral of the story is that we must be conscious of what we put in our bodies. Once your body is on a clean eating diet, you don’t really want to eat food that is bad for you and when you do, your body gets mad at you and lets you know it’s mad. When your body is pure you feel energetic, healthy, and vibrant. When it is not, you feel sluggish, tired, and moody. When I’m in a state of sugar toxicity, I suffer from constipation, sluggishness, stress, a weaker immune system, and in extreme cases, urinary tract issues. When I’m “clean” (I know it sounds like a drug addiction, but sugar addiction is just that – an addiction) I don’t ever get sick. When I start to sniffle in the winter, I up the vitamin C, start the neti pot, gargle salt water, and the cold never comes. I got the flu between Christmas and New Years, and I swear it creeped in because I was indulging in sweets and stressed from the holidays. Or, could I have been stressed from the holiday sweets? That’s actually more likely because I don’t get stressed easily.

Given that basic introduction to clean eating, here’s your homework:

  1. Think about small changes you can start making in your daily eating habits.
  2. Write them down. Seeing goals on paper will hold you accountable.
  3. Check them off as you achieve success. This will give you a feeling of accomplishment and encouragement to move to the next goal.
  4. For greater accountability, write the changes you want to make in the comments section. Putting it on the World Wide Web will really keep you in line!
  5. Check back tomorrow for a glimpse into my daily clean eating regimen.

See you tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “Introduction to Clean Eating

  1. Peggy

    Great article! I try to have a green smoothie every day. It makes a huge difference in how I feel and how my body functions. Such a little change with such a big impact!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for the input, Peggy. Smoothies are great! I start every day with one. I’m going to have my go-to smoothie recipe in tomorrow’s post.

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