Nutrition Tips

Why I’m Going Clean… Eating That Is

As I mentioned in Saturday’s post, I’m going clean… eating that is. I eat fairly clean normally, but it’s kind of tough being the only one in your family that makes healthy eating a priority. For my hubby, veggies means lettuce, tomato and pickles on his burger, or tomato sauce on a meatball sub, but lately he’s taken an interest in eating better. The other day he came home with Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet book and new motivation to eat “clean”. Because I’ve been wanting to give up refined sugars, processed crap etc… I’m all over his newfound motivation, and I’m going to support him in this, and take advantage of it to pursue my goal of eating clean.

What is clean eating?
Clean eating isn’t just washing your foods before you eat it – its eating foods that are as unprocessed as possible, perhaps even organic, free-range etc. ie: REAL FOOD! Lean meats, veggies, low-sugar fruits and veggies, whole grains, no refined sugars. Dairy is ok, as long as it’s hormone free. Of course there’s no set “rules” but the basic idea is to eat foods that are as natural as possible.

Why am I going clean?
I’m not doing this to lose weight, instead I’m doing it for overall health. For my running it’ll help me to be a stronger/faster runner – better fuel = better running right? I’m sure eating less chemicals and processed food will provide my body with more of the nutrients I need to train and perform at my best. I’m also doing it for longevity. I want to live as long as I can and I strongly believe whole nutrient rich foods is the way to reach that goal. I can’t imagine that eating things with a list of ingredients I can’t pronounce is all that great for me on a cellular level.

So I’m going clean.
Starting today. Actually starting yesterday – we concentrated on eating WHOLE foods yesterday and it was yummy! Check out this Beef and veggie ginger stir fry I made and served on a bed of organic brown rice:


For breakfast I had steel-cut oats and mixed berries:

I felt full ALL morning!!

This is a learning process.
Yesterday I went grocery shopping with Sierra with the goal of buying as much “clean” and natural food as possible. Admittedly I went to WalMart because we haven’t reached the income level to go to Whole Foods not that I believe that it’s necessary to go to a specialty store like that to eat healthy. While reading labels I was surprised by what I found listed in foods I that I ate on a regular basis that I thought were “healthy” – I was also surprised by some of the foods that I thought were “unhealthy”. It was nice to find that some all natural alternatives were a lot cheaper than I realised ie: organic brown rice was way cheaper than the instant brown rice.

Eat clean resources.
Whenever I reach for new goals I try to arm myself with as much knowledge and support as possible. I also like to subscribe to blogs by like-minded bloggers (I actually read quite a number of blogs, but don’t have as much time to comment as I’d like). So to support my goals I compiled a list of blogs that came highly recommended to me by my awesome Twitter friends:

(Please let me know in the comments below if you know of, or have a blog focused on clean eating that should be on this list).

I then created a “clean eating bloggers” bundle with Google Reader to mash-up all of their RSS feeds into one, and used that resulting RSS feed with feedburner to turn it into a once a day email digest of all the new posts from my “clean eating bloggers” bundle. I got my first email from the mash-up this morning and found some pretty awesome posts in it.

Sound interesting? You can subscribe too:

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Because I’m new to this I’m looking for tons of support and resources.

I’d also love to hear your stories – do you eat clean? Tried it but didn’t like it? What clean eating blogs do you read?


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  • Kodjo
    March 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    This is lovely, Janice! 🙂

  • katieRUNSthis
    March 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    This is such a good idea. I have hemmed and hawed about doing this for myself and my husband for so long. My excuse has always been “I don’t have the time.” I work 10 hour days and I spend 2.5 hours each day commuting to/from work. After a 12.5 hour day, stepping into my home to deal with a newborn, washing bottles, washing clothes, etc. it just seems like eating clean would require so much more effort and energy…neither of which I seem to have much “extra” of these days. However, I’m pretty much at the point where I am just tired of eating processed foods. Something is going to have to give and I’m REALLY close to getting on board with this whole clean eating thing. I look forward to reading your blogs about it!

  • workout mommy
    March 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    THIS is what I need to do!! I tried signing up for the feed though and it didn’t work? 🙁

    • Janice
      March 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      It should be working now if you want to try again.

  • Angela
    March 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Congrats Janice! That’s awesome that you’re taking such an important step towards better health, and I don’t think you’ll look back! I have all of Tosca’s Eat Clean books and love them. Feel free to check out my blog if you’d like – my recipes are all pretty clean and I post a new recipe of the week every Wednesday. Even though I’d already completed my 70lb weight loss journey prior to discovering Tosca’s books, eating clean has definitely made me feel SO much better and energetic. I’m sure it will have the same effect for you!

  • Tammy
    March 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I am very interested in this. I know how much better I feel when I take all the processed stuff out of my diet (and how horrible I feel when I then eat something full of fat and chemicals!).

    I tried signing up for the email digest, and I received an error message: The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled.

    Looking forward to accessing all these great materials that you have compiled.

  • Lauren
    March 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Perhaps you should consider going vegan

    • Janice
      March 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Baby steps… Getting hubby to eat something I cooked was a HUGE deal. Trust me on this. 🙂

  • Tara Burner
    March 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I already eat 98% clean 🙂
    and help coach others from SAD (standard american diet) to clean eating, vegetarian or vegan…
    you’ll feel a world different!!!

  • Dr. Jesse Chappus
    March 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Janice it’s great to see your including more healthy choices in your diet!

    It’s nice your husband is taking an interest in healthy eating too. It’s so much easier to have family on board to combine your energy.

    Learing about healthy eating and nutrition is an ongoing process. Take it slow and just keep on adding more and more healthy foods into your daily routine. Eventually there won’t be much room left for the “bad” foods.

    Thanks for including my blog in your eat clean resources!

    Best of luck on your health journey 🙂

  • Amber K
    March 15, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I try to eat clean. I’m not always great with it (sometimes candy is all I want!) But, I think trying is better than nothing at all.

  • Rachael
    April 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for including Passing Daisies on your blogroll! And good luck with your clean eating!


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