Last year while I was on the site I use to track my calories for weight loss, several people were posting about clean eating. I didn't think too much about it honestly, I figured it was just another fad, and that isn't my deal. When I started this whole weight loss/healthy thing I said it had to be something that I could do everyday and eat normal foods doing it. Well I have accomplished so much more than I thought I ever would back in May of 2008 when I first started this. I never thought I would weight what I do or that I would be as small as I have become. That said I still have another 5 pounds to go though I would be perfectly happy with 3.
So, clean eating. This may not be a new thing to many people, and it is not a new concept as I really grew up eating rather cleanly. Now though it is a choice that I am making for myself and my family to be more aware of what we eat and were it comes from. To me it is eating whole foods. Eating foods that aren't processed. Making as much as I can myself from scratch. By passing "convenience" foods for something that I can make myself. That being said.....there are things that I still buy so no one would really consider my diet to be clean, but really as this time it is as clean as it is going to get.
Other definitions that I hear are, no refined sugar, carbs, ect. Making sure food is local, organic when possible, not out sourcing, and while I don't have a problem any of those things. I don't have the money to always buy organic and honestly when I am at the grocery store and the non organic looks way better than the organic stuff what do you think I am going to buy. I grew up on a farm, we use sprays here. I know what spray is, that yes it is not always the best for you, but sometimes it doesn't harm you either.
Today I am going to cover the processed foods that I buy and why, and what requirements that they need to have in order for them to come home with me.
-Bread: has to be 100% whole wheat and have a fiber content of 5 grams or more. I haven't yet mastered the art of sandwich bread.
-Hummus: sometimes I just run out of time. When I buy hummus it has to have the fewest ingredients as possible, right now I really like the eating right red pepper hummus from Safeway. It tastes good, the sodium content isn't to high, and it is low in calories.
-Butter: I buy unsalted butter rather than margarine or spreads (though I still have margarine in the house for those special recipes).
-Canned tomatoes: The tomato products that I buy have no salt added to them. This really cuts down on the sodium in a dish, this also gives me the opportunity to add the salt as I see fit to. Next year I am planning on canning my own tomatoes, it's a plan it might not happen.
-Pasta: I still buy regular pasta. We only eat it once a week and I have tried the whole wheat several times and I am sorry I just can't do it.
I do have a stock of soup on hand, they aren't heart friendly, low sodium, they are more for when we don't have power and I need something warm and fast that takes little work. This happens at least a few times a year. In 2008 we didn't have power for a week.
-Cereal: I eat oatmeal almost every day. I buy the old-fashioned Quaker Oats. It really only takes minutes and they fill you up for hours.
There are many other things that I buy and have on hand, but those are for hubby and the boys. I pack lunches every day and while I am getting them to eat cleaner it takes time. I look at it like a marathon rather than a sprint. A new thing once a week, making small changes here and there is what really counts.
Next time meats, fish, and shellfish.