The definition of clean eating can vary depending on who you ask. When I was focusing on clean eating I eliminated processed foods, white flour, and white sugar. I was buying whole fat dairy (low fat typically means more sugar) and I was making pretty much everything I ate from scratch. Typically with clean eating you also want to buy organic as much as possible.
Cutting out sugar was a big part of this lifestyle for me. The first few days were rough, but I found once I got past the first four or five days I wasn’t craving it anymore. The thing I found most amazing was after a few days I actually wasn’t craving anything anymore! I ate when I was hungry and other than that I wasn’t really thinking about food (which is unheard of for me). It was crazy to see how that happened after cutting out all the processed foods (and chemicals that go with them).
Honestly I’m a big fan of clean eating. It’s such a simple, natural, and healthy way to lose weight! I was able to lose some weight by focusing on clean eating, and I felt great doing it. The problem for me was once Christmas rolled around, and I decided to have some of those holiday treats, I found it tough to get back on the clean eating bandwagon. It felt like starting back at square one with food cravings.
Clean eating is quite a bit of work because you’ll be making most of your food from scratch. I’m sure there are people out there who have it down to an art and can do it with ease, but for me, being a beginner, and having a very busy schedule, it was tough.
- It’s a healthy and natural way to lose weight
- You don’t have to limit how much food you eat so you won’t be hungry
- You can get eliminate food and sugar cravings
- You can make family friendly clean eating meals so you are feeding your family healthier meals as well
- Other than perhaps a higher grocery bill (buying organic) there is no cost involved
- You may have to eliminate some foods that you love completely from your diet
- Depending on your family and kids, they may not be happy replacing some of their beloved foods with healthier versions
- This lifestyle takes some planning and a fair amount of cooking/food prep since you are avoiding prepackaged and processed foods
Clean eating is one diet lifestyle that I think everyone should try their hand at! There is no denying that it’s a healthy way to go. If you are thinking of giving it a try, 100 Days of Real Food blog is the holy grail for recipes and learning all the ins and outs of clean eating.
You can compare this to the pros and cons of several other popular weight loss options here.
Feel free to add your thoughts and/or tips for clean eating below! I always love hearing your thoughts.