Eating Clean Update

February 20, 2008 at 1:56 am Leave a comment

It’s mid-February, and I wanted to know how I’m doing with my goal to eat clean in 2008. I decided to do some research beyond the two Tosca Reno Eat Clean Diet books I own. As a refresher, Tosca sums up clean eating with these tips:

  • Eat six meals a day
  • Drink lots of water
  • Steer clear of sugar and high-fat foods
  • Eat the food that God gave us, not the “food” that humans created in laboratories

In the process of my additional research, I came across a cool blog called EatingCleanWorks. ECW has an enlightening post about what defines clean eating.

According to ECW, “A person that eats clean generally practices the following:”

  • Eliminates refined sugar
  • Cooks healthy meals
  • Packs healthy meals
  • Makes healthy choices when dining out
  • Drinks a lot of water
  • Eats 5-6 small meals per day
  • Eliminates alcoholic beverages (or significantly limits it)
  • Always eats breakfast

I appreciate ECW getting more specific, but then again, ECW isn’t teasing us into buying a book that will provide more details. Not that I mean to discount Tosca’s books by any means; they’re great. She writes in a succinct, easy-to-digest, fun style and includes lots of helpful tools in both of her books.

Using ECW’s list as my guideline, I’m rockin’ with my clean eating! The only thing I’m not doing is cooking healthy meals. I use high quality packaged food like Kashi Go Lean cereal, light string cheese, Green Giant “healthy weight” and “healthy vision” veggies, unsweetened almond milk, diet cocoa, and Trader Joe’s packaged meals like their shrimp & veggie stir fry. I almost never cook anything from scratch, unless it’s Hungry Girl’s Yum Yum Brownie Muffins, which are really semi-homemade. I eat fresh apples and grape tomatoes on a regular basis, but there’s no prep with them other than rinsing or cleaning.

My next clean-eating goal is prepare one recipe a month from Tosca’s cookbook. I’ll keep you posted on how my first one goes!

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