My Get Fit With Fe crew and I are starting 100 days of eating clean. Clean eating is eating food as close to natue as possible sans chemicals, preservatives, or artificial sweetners. This does not have to be complicated as it may intially appear. As a general rule - the fewer ingredients, the more clean it is.
Some reservations some people have about Clean Eating:
1. It's too expensive -
This is only true if you are shopping at an expensive 'organic' specialty shop. I buy frozen fruit and veggies. Bags of rice and beans.
2. What about snacks -
Make your own. When I was doing the Daniel Fast, I got creative. I would make baggies of trail mix - raisins, nuts, cinnamon. You can freeze grapes. Got a sweet tooth, eat fruit. Salt cravings - try a sour apple. I eat 'golden delicious' apples with almond butter as a snack. It satisfies my salt craving and I feel really full afterwards. You can also pop old-fashioned popcorn.
3. How do I shop? What do I buy?
- As a rule, shop the outer edge of the grocery store. The inner aisles contain boxed and canned foods, i.e., processed foods.
- Do not buy meats in a bag or box. These usually have added chemicals/preservatives. If you can find it on sale, buy organic meats.
- Dairy - buy organic. If you buy cheese, buy it in block form. The cheese in bags has more ingredients which means more chemicals and additives.
- Drink water or tea.
Grocery List -
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mixed Veggies
- Turkey (if ground, look at ingredients)
- Organic Milk (I drink Almond Milk)
- Cheese (on the block and grate it at home).
- Yogurt - plain and add fruit to it.
- Frozen fruit (I make smoothies!)
- Apples, bananas, grapes, lemons, whatever you like
- Dried fruit
- Salt, pepper, dried spices.
- Lawry's Seasoning Salt usually has MSG. Try to avoid MSG.
Here is sample list from Successfully Fit: