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What is Clean Eating all About!?!

January 24th, 2013 - Announcements, Food News

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There is a lot of talk about ‘Clean Eating’ these days…And I don’t know about you, but when I first heard these words, I was wondering what all the ‘buzz’ was about! I was pretty excited when I started learning more about clean eating, as I came to find out that about 90% of my recipes fall into the category of clean eating without me even knowing it! Yippee!

Because clean eating has become pretty popular these days, I have decided to discuss it further to shed some light on the topic! (Keep in mind, I don’t claim to be an expert…Just did my fair share of research, and thought I’d share my findings and my point of view!)

In a nutshell, clean eating is just a simple way of talking about a way of eating, (not a diet or short term thing, but more like a lifestyle). This way of eating incorporates whole foods that are unprocessed, don’t have chemicals added to them. Simply put, any food that has been stripped of all nutrient value by man, and injected with a bunch of chemicals is not considered ‘clean’. 

You may have noticed that most of my recipes are listed as  ’Clean Eating’, which again simply means that I use foods in their most natural state, and don’t include any processed ingredients. One example of this is that I use whole grain oats in my baked goods rather than white or whole wheat flour, (which is essentially a whole grain that has beens stripped of it’s nutrition in a factory).

There are many benefits to ‘clean eating’… Some of the most common being weight loss, increased energy, and improved digestion just to name a few!

So, if this sounds like something of interest to you, you may be wondering how to get started!?! Well, to start here are a few basic choices from each food group that are considered ‘clean’ to start you off:

  • Protein Sources: Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Egg Whites, Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Protein Powder
  • Veggies: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, Squash, Green Beans, Onions, Sweet Potatoes
  • Fruit: Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Bananas
  • Whole Grain Sources: Old Fashioned Oats, High Fiber Pasta, High Fiber Wrap Bread, Ezekiel or Whole Grain Bread
  • Healthy Fat Sources: Avocado, Nuts, Nut Butters
  • Sweeteners: Stevia, Honey, Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup

These are some of the clean eating foods that can be found in most Dashing Dish recipes, which can be found under the ‘Clean Eating’ tab under recipes! 

17 Comments

Cara said:

AWESOME. Really broke it down and I can’t wait to share. You’re such a blessing, Katie. Thank you!!!

January 24th, 2013 — 8:59am  |  Reply

Michelle said:

Been clean eating for more than a year and I lost 50 pounds! I gained so much energy I actually WANT to exercise. Amazing!!

January 24th, 2013 — 8:59am  |  Reply

star23 said:

This is amazing Michelle and what I want to achieve for health reasons!

February 10th, 2013 — 5:35pm  | 

Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life said:

Your blog is one of my favorites Katie! I think you do an awesome job of encouraging ‘eating clean’, but in moderation like anything else. I think sometimes pushing 100% clean can lead to orthorexia and other fears of stepping outside the ‘safe’ zone, which can be extremely unhealthy. I love the balance you recommend to your readers! Keep it up! :)

January 24th, 2013 — 9:22am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

amen jana! i sooo agree! thanks sweetie! :) xo

January 24th, 2013 — 3:35pm  | 

Sam said:

Great post. I recently read an article about agave. Basically it is processed and they are finding it spikes the blood sugar levels more than orginally believed. That being said I don’t waste food and live on a budget so we will finish what we have. On the flip side you can always find bad information about anything online. :)

January 24th, 2013 — 10:16am  |  Reply

Christy said:

You have the best blog re clean eating & recipes. Easy to understand, clear & straight forward. I share your blog with everyone who keeps asking me how I’m losing my weight. I’ve lost 46 lbs since I started on my weight loss journey August 2012. And your blog is 50% the reason the other 50% is from exercise, Facebook, My Fitness Pal & friends ;) thanks.

January 28th, 2013 — 2:56pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

whoooooppp whooop!!! you GOOOO Christy! :) awesome!!!

January 28th, 2013 — 3:37pm  | 

Allison Gero said:

Thanks for this. I am a member and every week I am enjoying this more and more. You are such a blessing. God has called you and we are all blessed for that. Thanks Katie.

January 28th, 2013 — 9:24pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

so awesome! thanks allison!

January 29th, 2013 — 9:55am  | 

anna koroneos said:

I just became a member and i love what i see keep up the good work.
I started weight watchers in Jan so i love the points so much easier for me thank you.

March 24th, 2013 — 2:13pm  |  Reply

jennifer fuchs said:

After noticing that several people at church have lost a significant amount of weight, I asked what they were doing and they said they were eating DD recipes and eating clean. This prompted me to get on line and find out a little bit more about it. I’m so glad I found all your great info. and look forward to learning more. I’m going to try some new recipes this week. I’m excited about my new journey and sharing it with my family so we can all be healthy.

March 31st, 2013 — 9:57pm  |  Reply

Nicole said:

Have started to eat cleaner within the past month or so and just wondering why you only have certain fruits and veggies on the list?

April 3rd, 2013 — 10:04pm  |  Reply

Nicole said:

Also, is coconut oil a clean fat source?

April 3rd, 2013 — 10:05pm  | 

Charlee said:

What is in Protein Powder? Is it not processed? Thanks

April 16th, 2013 — 2:30pm  |  Reply

Ginny said:

Does this work for gaining weight, too? For underweight people who want to put on weight, but not eat anything processed? No-one in this family has a pound to lose, but we do not want to eat highly processed foods either…

April 29th, 2013 — 4:25pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure does! stick to higher fat/higher calorie foods though@ :)

April 29th, 2013 — 5:08pm  | 

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