All this talk about "EATING CLEAN" ???

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    Mar 24, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    I have read post after post and I still don't know what "eating clean" is...

    I pretty sure I gathered that it means cutting the crap out of your diet, but what does of day of eating clean look like?

    Thanks men!
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    Breakfast - oatmeal...no sugar, no fruity toppings. If you want some flavor, you can chew on tree bark.

    Mid morning meal - protein shake/broccoli. You can eat them separately, but a real man blends them together.

    Lunch - steamed chicken breast, brown rice, more broccoli

    Mid afternoon meal - broccoli

    Dinner - poached salmon, quinona (whatever that is) and a slice of fat free, no carb, bread...preferably whole wheat.

    Pre bedtime snack - nothing...you can chew some sugar free gum but spit it out before you taste it.

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    Mar 24, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidBreakfast - oatmeal...no sugar, no fruity toppings. If you want some flavor, you can chew on tree bark.

    Mid morning meal - protein shake/broccoli. You can eat them separately, but a real man blends them together.

    Lunch - steamed chicken breast, brown rice, more broccoli

    Mid afternoon meal - broccoli

    Dinner - poached salmon, quinona (whatever that is) and a slice of fat free, no carb, bread...preferably whole wheat.

    Pre bedtime snack - nothing...you can chew some sugar free gum but spit it out before you taste it.



    Wow, so in other words just stop enjoying food. Yikes.

    I'm so okay with not being quite at peak fitness if this is the kind of diet required to get there.
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    not at all Chewey...you can enjoy the hell out of some kinds of bark! ad it's so good for your teeth.

    (you do realize I'm kidding, right?)

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    Mar 24, 2008 6:30 PM GMT
    Was kind of being serious...

    Im busting my ass and I dont want to waste time if working out so hard if im not eating right..need to find the balance...

    I would appreciate some serious advice


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    Mar 24, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidnot at all Chewey...you can enjoy the hell out of some kinds of bark! ad it's so good for your teeth.

    (you do realize I'm kidding, right?)



    I hear some of it even makes you hallucinate. Mmm, delicious.

    I'm glad you are. I assumed the tree bark and the sugarless gum quips were tongue in cheek, but I thought you might have been serious about the rest.
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:35 PM GMT
    jeezus dude, lighten up...

    clean eating means you cut out all the sugar and refined crap that makes up a normal present-day american diet.

    try some whole foods. its not rocket science
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    Now that is living. Do I want to be THAT much in shape! Have to run now, have many trees to taste before dinner time!
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    Not looking to argue just some answers, I understand its not rocket science but they have sites like this for a reason... so those who don't know can ask...

    thanks for the advice...
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    I'll make a suggestion on reading material, but proper credit for this suggestion goes to Obscenewish, who made it initially.

    To start, you might read Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. It's not specifically about "eating clean," as far as a specific diet goes, but it does chronicle the different ways of eating that are prevalent in this country today, and what I would consider the clean eating portion is when he's talking about Polyface farms.
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    Mar 24, 2008 6:52 PM GMT
    You may want to check out the RJ article section devoted to Nutrition. It includes a section for Performance Eating.

    As for the aforemention tree eating, I've had home-baked bread (actually, camp-baked bread) flavored with spruce needles. They're fresh-tasting (if that makes any sense). Perhaps I should try some in my oatmeal.

    Oh, Boy Scout-dom. How I partly miss you.
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    Mar 24, 2008 7:13 PM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidBreakfast - oatmeal...no sugar, no fruity toppings. If you want some flavor, you can chew on tree bark.

    Mid morning meal - protein shake/broccoli. You can eat them separately, but a real man blends them together.

    Lunch - steamed chicken breast, brown rice, more broccoli

    Mid afternoon meal - broccoli

    Dinner - poached salmon, quinona (whatever that is) and a slice of fat free, no carb, bread...preferably whole wheat.

    Pre bedtime snack - nothing...you can chew some sugar free gum but spit it out before you taste it.



    I suggest oak bark rather than willow tree bark. There's just more fibre :-p. And oddly enough, it looks pretty close to my diet, with the exception of a protein shake and some yogurt for my mid-afternoon meal and half a yam instead of the bread for dinner.

    But as Tommysguns2000 suggested, reduce the refined and high sugar foods.
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    Mar 24, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    I agree with Tommy and bcpm and all I can suggest in eating clean is what has worked for me. I have cut out refined carbs and sugars which, for me, is the key.
    This means not eating bread of any kind, which was not that difficult for me since I was not a huge fan of bread anyway. Also, I get the bulk of my carbs from fresh fruits and vegetables and try to eat those in their most natural state (for example, raw or steamed, not cooked down to nothing).
    As for protein, lean proteins are the best and for fat, I look for natural occurring fats.
    Good luck.
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    Mar 24, 2008 9:33 PM GMT

    Eating clean is for twinks and Mrs. America hopefuls who benge and purge. the body needs a little dirt and grime to keep it workin fine.

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    Mar 24, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    Am I stoned, or has there NOT been a lot of threads here about "eating clean"?
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    Mar 24, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    sdswim32 saidI agree with Tommy and bcpm and all I can suggest in eating clean is what has worked for me. I have cut out refined carbs and sugars which, for me, is the key.
    This means not eating bread of any kind, which was not that difficult for me since I was not a huge fan of bread anyway. Also, I get the bulk of my carbs from fresh fruits and vegetables and try to eat those in their most natural state (for example, raw or steamed, not cooked down to nothing).
    As for protein, lean proteins are the best and for fat, I look for natural occurring fats.
    Good luck.


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    So by cutting refined carbs and sugars what does that do for your body? Are u looking to just keep fat off and stay lean or something else?
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    Mar 24, 2008 10:55 PM GMT
    I am by no means a nutrition expert, but for me, cutting out the refined carbs and sugars, as well as eating balanced, clean meals 6 - 7 times a day, keeps my insulin levels from spiking and allows for my body to constantly be working at breaking down the food.

    I read a few articles years ago (2001, I think) and it suggested I limit my intake of refined carbs. I did that for a month, and saw results. I was leaner, felt like I had more energy, and was just overall pleased with the results.

    I am not trying to say all carbs are bad and that cutting out all refined carbs is what everyone should do. I am just speaking from personal experience. Plus, living in California, where we have easy access to wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables helps.

    Oh, and working out religiously helps, too!
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    Mar 25, 2008 8:22 AM GMT
    This would be an example of not "eating clean":

    beanspam.jpg

    Thanks to PopSucker -> Retrophilia for this bit of glamour.
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    Mar 06, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    After leaving this kind of diet for about 6 month I'm going back to it. While it's not really all that tasty it does get some pretty sick results as far as definition.

    I "may" have the occasional pizza slice or hamburger (^_^)
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    Mar 06, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    I'm not familiar with the term clean eating. The name would suggest a diet free of additives and unhealthy processing, avoiding a lot of the things called junk food in favor of more natural, unadulterated foods. Is that it?

    In early January my husband's doctor (and mine) told him his only real health problem right now is being overweight. She wouldn't recommended any pill solutions, told him to mainly focus on his diet.

    It happens one of our best friends has recently developed diabetes, and now eats a controlled diet, with measured portions of natural foods. One simple rule is to eat nothing white, like bread, pasta, processed sugar, potatoes, rice, etc. But whole wheat bread & pasta are OK. Our friend lost 50 excess pounds doing this.

    So my husband tried it, though not diabetic himself. He's lost close to 30 pounds in 3 months. But he eats a wide and tasty variety, and so he's really not making a big sacrifice, even the measured portion control not that awful for him. Nor is it very difficult to do, the foods readily available, just a matter of unlearning old habits for new.

    Of course I'm doing the same thing, at least at home, because I don't like the idea of buying & preparing 2 versions of many foods, a mine & his. I'll eat what my husband eats, that's no sacrifice for me, either, and if it keeps him on this diet, and maybe helps me, too, that's a win-win situation all around.

    Consider that if you live with someone, and usually eat together. If he's the one who needs to adjust his diet, then adjust yours, too, insofar as you can given any needs of your own. And while I'm not a fanatic about the foods I eat (I couldn't be a Vegan, for instance), I don't think a little common sense and reeducation is all that difficult.
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    Mar 06, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    eating 'clean' means licking your plate when you're finished.