What is Clean Eating?

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So, yesterday I talked about how I have started eating clean and how I've started to change my 'lifestyle.' Now, some of  you are probably like, cool, clean eating, that's awesome. While the other half are probably like 'what in the world are you talking about? What is clean eating? I have to admit, for the longest time I was in the latter half of the group as well, although I would pretend I knew what you're were talking about. 

After many hours spent googling 'clean eating' and 'recipes for clean eating', I hate to admit that I still don't know a ton of information about what exactly 'clean eating' is, but I can tell you what I think it is. Now, I'm not a dietitian, or a nutritionist, or a trainer, or anything like that. I'm not certified in any way, but this is what I eat and the schedule I follow that tends to work for me. 

From what I understand, clean eating is all about natural foods, or foods with fewer ingredients if you must purchase something. For me, this means a lot of plants, fruits and veggies, meat (hello, protein), grains, and little dairy and beans. I try to eat about 5-6 small meals a day, which is to say I eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and post-gym snack. 

One of the biggest things about eating clean is that you're cutting out all processed foods. This means that whenever I go to the grocery store, and I'm looking at something prepackaged, I spend a lot of time reading labels. I try to choose things that have less than 6 ingredients in them, and if I don't know what an ingredient is, there's a fair chance that I didn't buy whatever it was. 

One of the most important aspects of clean eating (and working out) that is stressed is the amount of water that you should be drinking. I'm awful at drinking water. I fully accept and acknowledge this, which is why I'm trying to be better about it. I carry around a 1 liter bottle all day and make sure that I drink at least two per day.

One of the biggest challenges of trying to eat clean while being in college is that it can get expensive, fast. However, I found that packing my lunch and trying to meal plan on Sundays have really, really helped me get my act together. I hoped this helped, at least a little, explain what clean eating is.

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