Clean Eating

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Hey everyone! I'm just wondering if anyone follows the Eat Clean lifestyle. I've been trying to, but I'm at a loss! I'm trying to eat clean without spending a fortune and also cooking simple and quick recipes. Share your tips and trick and fave recipes with me!!!

~Belle Bohemienne
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
Eating clean is incredibly simple and cheap!

Here is my formula for easy, quick and cheap clean eats:

-one green/orange/colourful veggie
-one starchy vegetable such as potato or cauliflower
-one meat

Experiment with sauces, spices and limit the use of oil to one item per meal. My partner and I are a huge fan of steaks pan-fried with mushrooms accompanied with broccoli and half a baked potato.

Once you're comfortable preparing simple 'clean' food, just look for recipes that don't involve a lot of junk/oil/additives and that's basically it. Also avoid rice or pasta or what is generally considered calorie dense 'filler food'.
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Eating clean is incredibly simple and cheap!

Here is my formula for easy, quick and cheap clean eats:

-one green/orange/colourful veggie
-one starchy vegetable such as potato or cauliflower
-one meat

Experiment with sauces, spices and limit the use of oil to one item per meal. My partner and I are a huge fan of steaks pan-fried with mushrooms accompanied with broccoli and half a baked potato.

Once you're comfortable preparing simple 'clean' food, just look for recipes that don't involve a lot of junk/oil/additives and that's basically it. Also avoid rice or pasta or what is generally considered calorie dense 'filler food'.
Originally Posted by aspen
Do you buy organic or all natural foods? That seems to be a big thing and even though I'm all for the organic movement, it can get really expensive.

And I find it hard to give up pasta. I'm Italian and grew up on it, but I buy whole wheat pasta and make my own sauce to limit ingredients to simple ones.

~Belle Bohemienne
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
I don't follow a "clean eating" plan, but I have followed such plans in the past. I found I felt much better switching to whole food plant-based eating (vegan), specifically following the China Study/McDougall recommendations. I make sure to purchase organic for any fruits or veggies that are listed on the Dirty Dozen list, but I don't go crazy beyond that. Best of all, I can still have whole grain pasta on occasion. From my own experience with elimination diets, giving up dairy made a huge difference in how I feel. Giving up gluten didn't do anything, and many doctors now are advising people to not give up gluten unless they are actually sensitive to it.

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I bough one of Tosca Reno's books about eating clean and incorporated a lot of that information into my diet in order to lose extra weight after pregnancy. Setting out some time to plan meals and cooking larger amounts that I could then split into a few meals made things a lot easier. And it doesn't have to be expensive but I do find that a lot of "clean" meals that are supposed to be imitations of other like common comfort foods tend to require a lot of extra ingredients that can be hard to find at a regular grocery store and more expensive. Keeping things simple helps to cut down the cost, I found I was actually spending less than I would have buying packaged and less nutritional foods or if I wasn't preparing all my meals myself.
Do you buy organic or all natural foods? That seems to be a big thing and even though I'm all for the organic movement, it can get really expensive.

And I find it hard to give up pasta. I'm Italian and grew up on it, but I buy whole wheat pasta and make my own sauce to limit ingredients to simple ones.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
I buy organic on occasion, when it is affordable and worth it. Organic meat I find is worth the investment in terms of taste and health, the rest of it not so much.

While the idea of buying organic is nice, clean eating is more important, too many people eat junk food because eating healthy is supposedly too expensive because they think in order to be healthy you need to eat organic or all natural. You don't. It's just the icing on the cake, if you can afford it.

Pasta is alright in small doses, it should be the smallest item on your plate and not the largest like most people dish it out. A handful of pasta is all you really need.
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I don't follow a "clean eating" plan, but I have followed such plans in the past. I found I felt much better switching to whole food plant-based eating (vegan), specifically following the China Study/McDougall recommendations. I make sure to purchase organic for any fruits or veggies that are listed on the Dirty Dozen list, but I don't go crazy beyond that. Best of all, I can still have whole grain pasta on occasion. From my own experience with elimination diets, giving up dairy made a huge difference in how I feel. Giving up gluten didn't do anything, and many doctors now are advising people to not give up gluten unless they are actually sensitive to it.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
I can't follow a vegan or paleo diet. I love milk. I drink organic skim milk, but I grew up on the cream milk. Eating clean food seems very simple, easy, and straight forward.

Aspen: My biggest issue is giving up Coke and fast food. I don't eat it all the time, but I find myself craving a vanilla coke or a burger and I'll run to Sonic for something fast. I hate cooking, but I figure if I had really quick recipes it wouldn't be so bad.

~Belle Bohemienne
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu

Last edited by BelleBohemienne; 07-04-2014 at 08:26 PM.
Aspen: My biggest issue is giving up Coke and fast food. I don't eat it all the time, but I find myself craving a vanilla coke or a burger and I'll run to Sonic for something fast. I hate cooking, but I figure if I had really quick recipes it wouldn't be so bad.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
The first thing you have to remember is that cravings are cravings, you don't need to give into them and shouldn't let them have control over you.

A burger and a coke once a month is not a big deal, but that food is garbage and it messes up your tastebuds. Just a few weeks of eating clean and you will notice tastes and textures that huge amounts of sodium, MSG and food processing had previously overpowered.

I used to be a junky food/fast food person, but now I go maybe once a month at most, eat it and then regret it after. Never tastes as good as I remember it and my stomach always feels awful. Eventually you just stop caring for it and get cravings for healthy things, but the first couple of months will be a test!
3A-3B / Medium / High Density / Low Porosity
Modified CG
Low poo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine
Conditioner: Curls Unleashed NB
Leave in: Creme of Natura Argan Oil Strengthen & Shine
Styling Product: Curl Keeper/ Curly Solutions gel
I don't follow a "clean eating" plan, but I have followed such plans in the past. I found I felt much better switching to whole food plant-based eating (vegan), specifically following the China Study/McDougall recommendations. I make sure to purchase organic for any fruits or veggies that are listed on the Dirty Dozen list, but I don't go crazy beyond that. Best of all, I can still have whole grain pasta on occasion. From my own experience with elimination diets, giving up dairy made a huge difference in how I feel. Giving up gluten didn't do anything, and many doctors now are advising people to not give up gluten unless they are actually sensitive to it.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
I can't follow a vegan or paleo diet. I love milk. I drink organic skim milk, but I grew up on the cream milk. Eating clean food seems very simple, easy, and straight forward.

Aspen: My biggest issue is giving up Coke and fast food. I don't eat it all the time, but I find myself craving a vanilla coke or a burger and I'll run to Sonic for something fast. I hate cooking, but I figure if I had really quick recipes it wouldn't be so bad.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
Generally speaking, clean eating also excludes dairy. However, I can relate to the idea that giving up milk is impossible. I used to drink as much as a gallon a day. I have no problem saying that it was the most difficult food for me to give up. I found out later that one of the compounds in milk (and other dairy) is highly addictive (along the lines of sugar), which is why it's so difficult to give up. Through trial and error, I found almond milk to be the closest to cow milk in terms of taste. And unsweetened almond milk has only 30 calories per serving, compared to 80-90 calories per serving for fat free milk.

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CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Aspen: My biggest issue is giving up Coke and fast food. I don't eat it all the time, but I find myself craving a vanilla coke or a burger and I'll run to Sonic for something fast. I hate cooking, but I figure if I had really quick recipes it wouldn't be so bad.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
The first thing you have to remember is that cravings are cravings, you don't need to give into them and shouldn't let them have control over you.

A burger and a coke once a month is not a big deal, but that food is garbage and it messes up your tastebuds. Just a few weeks of eating clean and you will notice tastes and textures that huge amounts of sodium, MSG and food processing had previously overpowered.

I used to be a junky food/fast food person, but now I go maybe once a month at most, eat it and then regret it after. Never tastes as good as I remember it and my stomach always feels awful. Eventually you just stop caring for it and get cravings for healthy things, but the first couple of months will be a test!
Originally Posted by aspen
You're right. I can give up fast food easily enough since it usually gives me a stomachache. Coke is iffy. I can go long periods without it and then I realize it and then I have a craving. My other issue is pastry. I LOVE cakes, eclairs, cannoli, and so on! I've never been one for candy, but pastry is my weakness. I don't buy these things and bring them into my home, but when I see my dad he has all that stuff! So hard!!

~Belle Bohemienne
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
I don't follow a "clean eating" plan, but I have followed such plans in the past. I found I felt much better switching to whole food plant-based eating (vegan), specifically following the China Study/McDougall recommendations. I make sure to purchase organic for any fruits or veggies that are listed on the Dirty Dozen list, but I don't go crazy beyond that. Best of all, I can still have whole grain pasta on occasion. From my own experience with elimination diets, giving up dairy made a huge difference in how I feel. Giving up gluten didn't do anything, and many doctors now are advising people to not give up gluten unless they are actually sensitive to it.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
I can't follow a vegan or paleo diet. I love milk. I drink organic skim milk, but I grew up on the cream milk. Eating clean food seems very simple, easy, and straight forward.

Aspen: My biggest issue is giving up Coke and fast food. I don't eat it all the time, but I find myself craving a vanilla coke or a burger and I'll run to Sonic for something fast. I hate cooking, but I figure if I had really quick recipes it wouldn't be so bad.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
Generally speaking, clean eating also excludes dairy. However, I can relate to the idea that giving up milk is impossible. I used to drink as much as a gallon a day. I have no problem saying that it was the most difficult food for me to give up. I found out later that one of the compounds in milk (and other dairy) is highly addictive (along the lines of sugar), which is why it's so difficult to give up. Through trial and error, I found almond milk to be the closest to cow milk in terms of taste. And unsweetened almond milk has only 30 calories per serving, compared to 80-90 calories per serving for fat free milk.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
In all the research I've done on clean eating it doesn't exclude milk. Most people opt for healthier alternatives such as almond, soy, or coconut, but those can be expensive. So, a cheaper alternative is skim milk and organic if you can afford it. I personally do not like the taste of almond or coconut milk and all the soy I find around me is usually flavored and I like is regular. So, I stick to milk.

Milk also has a naturally occurring sugar called lactose. I've never heard of it being addictive, but different people can become addictive to different things, so it's possible!

~Belle Bohemienne
~Belle Bohemienne

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
Eating clean is incredibly simple and cheap!

Here is my formula for easy, quick and cheap clean eats:

-one green/orange/colourful veggie
-one starchy vegetable such as potato or cauliflower
-one meat

Experiment with sauces, spices and limit the use of oil to one item per meal. My partner and I are a huge fan of steaks pan-fried with mushrooms accompanied with broccoli and half a baked potato.

Once you're comfortable preparing simple 'clean' food, just look for recipes that don't involve a lot of junk/oil/additives and that's basically it. Also avoid rice or pasta or what is generally considered calorie dense 'filler food'.
Originally Posted by aspen
Do you buy organic or all natural foods? That seems to be a big thing and even though I'm all for the organic movement, it can get really expensive.

And I find it hard to give up pasta. I'm Italian and grew up on it, but I buy whole wheat pasta and make my own sauce to limit ingredients to simple ones.

~Belle Bohemienne
Originally Posted by BelleBohemienne
You can make zoodles (zucchini noodles...with a vegetable noodler). I really like them. You can boil them/saute them/eat them raw and just add a sauce or EVOO or stirfry them w/ other vegetables and spices. I made some last night to bring to work with me to eat for lunch but accidentally left them home. Kicking myself now!

You can also eat spaghetti squash in place of real spaghetti.
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I try to follow as much as I can. I've run into the expensiveness part of it too. I've started shopping at our generic/low budget/but very successful grocery store for super cheap. An avocado at Walmart can be over $2, but I can get an avocado there for $.99. I started buying frozen veggies, because the fresh ones I buy go bad. I'll buy fresh for smoothies though. I've been laying off the bread products (gluten free here, which is ultra expensive) and introducing more fruit for my carbs.

I love to buy organic, but a lot of times I just can't on my budget. It sucks, but you gotta do what you gotta do. You can also grow at home in pots, I started doing that this year, but have yet to get my first harvest since I started kinda late.

Milk depends on the person. I kicked out milk products for 2 weeks and lost 5 lbs. Introduced it back in on vacation, gained 4 lbs and a lot of acne! For me, milk is not clean. For those who have no problems, by all means eat/drink it! Raw is considered best and easier to digest... at least that's what I was told?? I have a better time digesting regular milk, raw seems to be worse for my body.
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Last edited by sixelamy; 07-13-2014 at 05:23 PM.
I try to follow as much as I can. I've run into the expensiveness part of it too. I've started shopping at our generic/low budget/but very successful grocery store for super cheap. An avocado at Walmart can be over $2, but I can get an avocado there for $.99. I started buying frozen veggies, because the fresh ones I buy go bad. I'll buy fresh for smoothies though. I've been laying off the bread products (gluten free here, which is ultra expensive) and introducing more fruit for my carbs.

I love to buy organic, but a lot of times I just can't on my budget. It sucks, but you gotta do what you gotta do. You can also grow at home in pots, I started doing that this year, but have yet to get my first harvest since I started kinda late.

Milk depends on the person. I kicked out milk products for 2 weeks and lost 5 lbs. Introduced it back in on vacation, gained 4 lbs and a lot of acne! For me, milk is not clean. For those who have no problems, by all means eat/drink it! Raw is considered best and easier to digest... at least that's what I was told?? I have a better time digesting regular milk, raw seems to be worse for my body.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
I soooo want fat-free frozen yogurt to be clean eating!
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I have a hard time giving up frozen yogurt. At least I don't eat it as often as I used to. I was totally addicted.
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