Hey Everyone,

Steph here, in hindsight, we should have started our blog with this entry.  Yes we preach no diets & eating clean, but what is it?

Not the best answer, but a simple answer is “No white foods & nothing processed.”  That said, of course there are exceptions to that, such as potatoes & quinoa to name a few.  That’s my short answer when I feel like someone doesn’t understand yet doesn’t want to be educated.  But that’s not you or you wouldn’t be here :)

Believe it or not I’ve eaten clean since my early 20′s, it just didn’t have a name then.  Let’s face it, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you what things really aren’t good for you.  If you listen to your body, you know how you feel when you make certain food choices & why wouldn’t any of us want to feel fit & energized?  The term “Food Coma” is true for a reason.  Always looking for ways to learn more without being extreme, several years ago I came across the Eat Clean Diet book by Tosca Reno.  I’ve been hooked ever since!  I have every book, every cookbook, every magazine, of which they have two: Oxygen, great for workouts & Clean Eating, awesome for clean meals at every level.  The Fit Girls are undoubtedly huge fans.

In every issue of their Clean Eating Magazine they have a cutout of “What is Clean Eating?”  We’re not here to reinvent the wheel, so I’m going to copy what they have so succinctly written & share it with you.  Please let us know if you have any questions, we’re more than happy to share!

What is Clean Eating?

The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible.  It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.

Eat 5 to 6 times a day – 3 meals and 2 to 3 small snacks.  Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit & vegetables, & a complex carbohydrate with each meal.  This keeps your body energized & burning calories efficiently all day long.

Drink at least 2 liters of water a day – (preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic; we’re friends of the environment here!)

Get label savvy – Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients.  Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made not considered clean

Avoid processed & refined foods – such as white flour, sugar, bread & pasta.  Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead

Know thy Enemies – Steer clear of anything high in saturated & trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar

Shop with a Conscience – consume humanely raised & local meats

Consume Healthy Fats – (essential fatty acids, or EFA’s) every day

Learn about Portion Sizes – & work toward eating within them

Reduce you Carbon Footprint – Eat produce that is seasonal & local.  It is less taxing on your wallet & our environment

Drink Water with a Lemon Wedge Instead – A glass of red wine for a special occasion is OK but it should be a rare indulgence.  The health benefits of red wine are reversed after more than one glass a day

Slow Down & Savor – Never rush through a meal.  Food tastes best wehen savored.  Enjoy every bite.

Take it to go – Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go

Make it a Family Affair – Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones.  Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own

Compliments of “Clean Eating Magazine” . . . . . Love you guys!!!