As usual with changing trends in diet and exercise, some people are left wondering what it means to eat clean, so here it is! In a nutshell...
Basically eating clean is eating whole, natural food. For instance: fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbs. You fill your diet with these clean foods, leaving no room for processed junk that unfortunately makes up a large percentage of the American Diet. These foods would include (bad) hydrogenated & trans-fats, white bread, preservatives, man-made sugar, & other unecessary ingredients.Like Michael Pollan said in his book Food Rules - Eat Food. Mostly Plants. Not too much. (another great book!)
Here's some guidelines a person who eats clean generally follows:
Eliminates refined sugar
Cooks healthy meals
Packs healthy meals
Makes healthy choices when dining out
Drinks a lot of water
Eats 5-6 small meals per day
Eliminates alcoholic beverages (or significantly limits it)
Always eats breakfast
Am I a clean eater? yes and no. I try to eat healthy for the most part but there's nothing that I forbid myself to eat. Everything in moderation and portion control seem to be what works best for me. I love food, all kinds, even the bad stuff now & again.
When I was in the bahamas with my boyfriend last month I had a bologne sandwich on white bread with American cheese and mayonaise. THAT was a treat for me! haha
So for those of you who were curious what it means to eat clean - now you know!