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Clean eating for beginners

05 September 2013



Have you ever stopped to think about the ratio of fresh to processed food at your local grocery store? What about the ratio in your shopping cart? Think about the 14 or so aisles in the middle of the store where all the shelf-stable food resides. Now, think about how many ingredients are listed for simple foods like cereal, granola bars, cookies, potato chips, frozen meals and the like. It is estimated that around 70% of the diet in the U.S. is processed. Pretty gross, right?

And did you see the article from Prevention magazine that discussed the Fake Foods that you are eating? As a food lover, it makes me so sad to know that quality is compromised just for convenience and quantity. No offense but if cookies will stay "good" for upwards of a year, the components that make that possible can't be good for our bodies. Think about bread. If mold won't even grow on it, we've got a problem mister! 

Introduce clean eating! Clean eating is the movement to control what you eat. Basically, you ditch processed foods and refined sugars for more natural and raw version of food. In all honesty, it is how food was intended to be eaten. I've been clean eating for a solid year now and cannot stand the thought of going back. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I don't buy organic because it just so expensive but I keep it fresh and under 8 ingredients. I am of the firm belief that I should not have read a paragraph of ingredients for a stinking granola bar. Shouldn't that just be granola, nuts, honey and maybe dried fruit? And with the aid of Pinterest, clean eating is easier than ever! You can find hundreds, literally hundreds, of recipes to replace the yuck-tastic pre-packaged versions of your favorite foods. 

How do you go about doing it? It is pretty simple. Start by shopping the perimeter of the store. Aldi is a great place for produce because it is on the cheap. Do whatever you can to skip the pre-packaged sections if you can. Avoid anything that includes high fructose corn syrup or a derivative. Ditch soda and artificial sweetener. Chemicals are literally the enemy here. 

Do you clean eat? Have you ever tried it? What are some of your favorite clean eating recipes? 

16 comments:

  1. I completely agree! Shopping mainly the perimeter is definitely key. Isn't it funny how milk and eggs are always the farthest from the entrance?! They want to suck you in to buying more processed food!

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  2. thanks for the advice! i have been wanting to start something like this for a while and i need to get my butt in gear!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading!! Clean eating is easier than it seems. You just have to commit.

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  3. I've been eating clean for the past few years before I even knew what it was. I actually just learned about a month ago that it had a name!
    There are a few things that I make an exception for, like candy corn but I don't eat as much as I used to becuase it just doesn't taste right to me anymore.

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    1. I hear ya! I am always double checking labels. I find that eating out is a little harder to control. Salad dressings, breads etc. huge ick-sinks.

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  4. I'm working on eating clean. It is a slow for my and C to transition into because of convenience. That is our goal from now until the end of the year though, to get to where we are eating clean, or cleaner than we are now. With the holidays coming up, it is a great time to start right?

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  5. Thanks for the advice! I would LOVE to start eating a little healthier but with my insanely crazy schedule it just stinks and trying to eat non-processed foods becomes difficult sometimes :( I'll take your advice though and work on buying more on the outside parameter! A little step in the right direction is what matters :)

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  6. We have been clean eating for about a month now and I can tell a huge difference! I don't even go down half of the aisles anymore!

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  7. What are the derivatives of high fructose corn syrup?

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  8. I am trying really hard to remove processed foods from my family's diet. It can be so hard sometimes! I am trying to learn how to make things myself instead of buying them at the store. Thanks for the great reminder

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  9. Great post! Are you completely off unprocessed foods? I'm about 80/20 right now but am thinking about doing October Unprocessed to go all in with clean, unprocessed eating.

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  10. Totally agree with this! We have been trying to eat as clean as possible since we did the Whole 30 Challenge. If you haven't read - here's our story :) http://www.simplyfreeblog.com/2013/06/paleo-revolution.html

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