Eating Clean: The Rules

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Ok, I’ve had some questions lately regarding what the rules are for eating clean. The below is taken from my original inspiration, 100 Days of Real Food. Most of the “rules” listed here are great, but I think they should be used as guidelines. I’ve been eating clean for a few weeks now and feel great, but if some (evil) woman bring cupcakes into the office and I want one, I’m going to damn well have one.

Here are the rules for what you CAN eat (slightly tweaked according to my own preferences):

  1. Whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry
  2. Lots of fruits and vegetables (now that spring is here, you can hit up your local farmer’s market to get them for cheap)
  3. Dairy products like milk, unsweetened yogurt, eggs, and cheese
  4. 100% whole-wheat and whole-grains
  5. Seafood (try to buy wild caught rather than farm raised)
  6. Aim for locally raised meats such as pork, beef, and chicken
  7. Beverages limited to water, milk, all natural juices, naturally sweetened coffee & tea, and, of course, wine and beer
  8. Snacks like dried fruit, seeds, nuts and popcorn
  9. All natural sweeteners including honey, 100% maple syrup, and fruit juice concentrates are acceptable in moderation

What you CANNOT eat:

  1. No refined grains such as white flour or white rice (items containing wheat must say whole wheat…not just “wheat”)
  2. No refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial sweeteners like Splenda
  3. Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 7 ingredients listed on the label note: if it has 7 ingredients, you should recognize the first 5 of them. No fake stuff.
  4. No deep fried foods
  5. No “fast foods”

Also, you can “eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” If you had to peel, chop and deep fry potatoes every time you wanted french fries then you might not eat them very often. Only eating “junk food” such as cakes, sweets, and fried foods as often as you are willing to make them yourself will automatically ensure the frequency is appropriate.

Questions? Fire away.

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