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#1 ChunkyChook

Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:46 AM

I have decided to slowly convert to clean eating.

Thought I would see if anyone has any stories, recipes, hints/tips or ideas.

I am off to do some more research as I have been getting some conflicting results.

#2 Escapin

Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:52 AM

Er, what is 'clean eating'?

#3 chloe69

Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:57 AM

I'm curious as well...I'm guessing it isn't eating you do just after you have had a shower..... ddoh.gif

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:04 AM

Just googled!

OP if you haven't already read 'In Defence of Food'.

The basic message (in a nutshell) is "If your great grandmother wouldn't recognise it as food - don't eat it!"

The other is "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

#5 CupOfCoffee

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

QUOTE (Escapin @ 30/08/2012, 09:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Er, what is 'clean eating'?

it depends who you ask, but generally means eating food as close to possible as its natural state.  So no preservatives, additives, processed foods etc.  Generally you want your food as 'simple' and as unaltered as possible.

I don't have the discipline to do it properly.

Edit to add

QUOTE (countrymel @ 30/08/2012, 10:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The basic message (in a nutshell) is "If your great grandmother wouldn't recognise it as food - don't eat it!"

I think that is a good way of looking at it.

Edited by CupOfCoffee, 30 August 2012 - 10:06 AM.

#6 Puffin

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:07 AM

Clean eating = fancy term for taking nasties out of your everyday diet ie preservatives, chemicals..

OP I would love to make the shift to clean eating, at the moment I don't have many tips to offer but am willing to join you in the journey and share what i find.

#7 emlis22

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:08 AM

The recipes on their main website are pretty good.


A more extreme option is the Paleo diet which everyone seems to be raving about. But having read up on it, I don't think it's a wonderful idea - and looks really hard to follow.

Clean diet is something most people should strive for - and like I said, most of the recipes are great. Some people I know on it have lost a lot of weight.

#8 kpingitquiet

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:08 AM

We eat probably 75% unprocessed foods or only slightly processed. I just figure that people have been making cheese since at least 3000 BC, breads/flour-products have been made for roughly 30,000 years back to the Upper Paleolithic era, and even growing/harvesting veg/fruit, or breeding and butchering meat animals, or harvesting and filtering honey is a "process". But, plenty of Clean Eaters are not really eating religiously clean, just healthier, and that's great!

I think it's fantastic to make as much as you can of your diet from whole foods, though it's not a cure-all. But if it helps you to have a list of what to eat and what not to, go for it and good luck!

#9 summer80

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:12 AM

I aim to eat as cleanly as possible. It's the food I prefer to eat and I also like the way it makes me feel - lots of energy and just really well.

I try to buy mainly wholefoods, produce that is in season and the best quality I can afford.

Stick to the outside aisles of the supermarket as much as possible and buy organic if you can (Aldi has a great, affordable range). The Woolwoths Macro range is also really good.

The internet is great for meal inspiration - just google clean eating recipes. Some of my fave websites for recipe / meal inspiration are The Healthy Chef and also the Table Tonic blog - so many amazing salads / breakfast ideas.

Balance is also crucial - if you feel like a treat have it. Food is supposed to be fun! Having said that my preferred treat is now raw organic chocolate (Pana Chocolate). I do still admit to a daily soy latte and the odd maccas cheeseburger though!


#10 ChunkyChook

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:19 AM

Thanks everyone. That book looks good, I might have to see if the library has it.

I'm not worried about the weight side of things but I lack energy and my diet has to be playing a huge part.

Sensitive topic at the moment....bread?? We buy woollies brand 9 grain, should I get rye bread instead?

#11 hunter4

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:22 AM

I do try to follow this but not religiously.  I've tried to cut as much processed foor from our diet, and if I do want processed food try and find things with the most minimal number of ingredients (and make sure i know what they all are) - there are times when it all just gets too hard though and I slip back into bad habits.

Still I figure if I can do it even 2 days out of 3 its better than nothing...

#12 mudskippa

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:44 AM

I eat that way most of the time. I prefer my food to be fresh and rarely eat processed foods.

#13 Ice Queen

Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:54 AM

I am watching this thread with interest as it is a road I am trying to head down at the moment.  I am always going to be an 80% kind of a person and doubt I can convert the family completely (we love our junk just a bit too much).

My BF does it and her family are so damm healthy!  She has a thermomix, shops at the farmers market once per week, buys loads of organic grains etc in bulk, she always seems to have boxes of in season fruits and veges so she just takes advantage of what she can get her hands on cheaply and cooks it up.

Anyway I am just emerging out of the haze of pregnancy, new baby so it is my aim for the next 6mo to change our ways a bit (having said that I am not too bad as it is).  I love to cook so I think that helps.

Good luck.  biggrin.gif

#14 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 30 August 2012 - 05:59 PM

Having quit sugar, I have a fairly "clean" diet, since it takes out a lot of products.

We shop the perimeter of the supermarket.

Meat, vege, fruit, cheese, milk, ham from the deli section.

we have some convenience products - dried pasta, tinned tomatoes, premade pizza bases, frozen fish etc.

Our meals are pretty simple, but we've never been fancy eaters.

#15 gabbigirl

Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:52 PM

Would anyone mind listing what their typical daily food intake on a clean diet would be? I get a bit lost and need some ideas/inspiration.  Thank you

#16 WinterIsComing

Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:23 PM

I try. It is not that hard if you are disciplined and have time. It is very easy actually,when you think of it.

You can buy some good grains, such as buckwheat, millet, buckwheat flour, lots of pulses, any sort of beans etc in any local co-op or organic shop. Ours opens during funny hours and you need to bring all your packaging with you (everything sold by weight), so it is a bit of a chore. But doable.

If I were to 100% clean eat, I would good said grains, for example, buckwheat, then roast some free range chicken drumsticks in duck fat or some salmon, have a few vegetables roasting, may be a salad. Examples of vegetables I like and can prepare speedily:

Pumkin and sweet potatoes, roasted in duck fat;
Beetroot boiled whole, until soft, then grated, and mixed with either lemon rind and olive oil, or yogurt, garlic and dill;
Zuccini and carrot grated, then sauteed in olive oil, add a bit of herbs, yum!
Salad of fennel, tomato, orange, coriander and raisins;
Thinkly sliced eggplant brushed with balsamic vinegar, roasted under a grill;
Capsicums charred over gas/roasted until black, peel the skin off, slice, pour over olive oil and crushed garlic;
Tomatoes and basil;

Stir fries are also a quick way to eat cleanly. I like to buy turkey mince as an interesting alternative, and quickly do with broccoli, carrots, shallots, with a splash of soy souce and mirin. Served with Basmati rice, also low GI.

I also try to have a kilo box of Greek Yogurt in the fridge, as it makes an excellent sauce. A dollop goes with everything, and when mixed with lemon juice, garlic, herbs is quite sophisticated!

A fresh sourdough bread is very healthy and free from nasty additives, jus flour, salt and water.

Edit: for those who don't know how to attack legumes, here's a quick dhal recipe I invented:

In a big pot, boil the hell out of green lentils.
In a saute pan, fry a bit of garlic, chopped up onion with lots of cumin and tumeric powder, to taste. Ginger also can be added. Once soft, add several fresh chopped tomatoes. Cook until soft.

Once lentils are good and slightly mushy, add the fry up and mix together. Can be served on its own, or over rice, with a huge dollop of greek yogurt. Squirt lemon, splash some olive oil, clean eating at its best!

Edited by Nat1976, 30 August 2012 - 09:27 PM.

#17 *~dee~*

Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:58 PM

I eat clean and find its easy with organization. Twice a week I chop up vegies and put in a container with a bit of water. Then I only have to cook some meat and chuck vegies in steamer for dinner, or stirfry easily. My toddler and I eat fruit, boiled eggs, homemade muesli bar, rice cakes with avo and cottage cheese etc for snacks. I make everything from scratch, like bolognaise sauce, lasagne (without pasta), muesli. I don't get anything out of a packet and don't use sugar. There are heaps of clean recipes, including baking online. I love it. I have so much energy now, I used to have 5 coffees with 4 sugars and coke and red bull every day! I use lots of herbs and spices now too.

#18 Canberra Chick

Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:48 AM

I like the idea but the rule of thumb about your great grandmother wouldn't work for me! My great grandmother loved boiled lollies, butter and sugar sandwiches, toffee, strawberry tarts laden with red food colouring, tinned spam etc etc! original.gif

#19 StopTheGoats

Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:01 AM

It's a great concept and it doesn't have to be hard, time consuming or expensive. My mother, who is a truly woeful cook always fed us a diet of plain meat, heaps of green veg, a bit of starchy veg, a bit of very plain dairy (we didn't like yogurts or custards etc) and wholemeal bread. Every day we ate pretty much the same. It was boring but it wasn't hard. Now, in my 30's I eat very cleanly without even thinking about it as it was how I was raised. Our diet is a bit more exciting and much more varied though! I've never had a weight problem, I devote little time and anxiety to my diet and that's a wonderful gift Mum has given her children.

#20 KT1978

Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:09 AM

We shop the perimeter of the supermarket.

We do this too...lately we try and shop at the fruit and veg/butcher for most of our food.  The other plus side is its mostly Australian made foods sold by small businesses and is surprisingly cheaper than Woollies (because we are buying less "add on" stuff).

Lots of veggies, some fruit, lean meats, some fish, eggs.  The things I get from the centre of the supermarket are: tinned beetroot, chickpeas, corn, balsamic vinegar, oats. So semi processed I guess but I try to get as close to "natural" as I can.

I've cut out bread and potato but the rest of the family has some of this.  I try to have basmati rice or sweet potato if I want something more carby with a meal (once or twice a week).

My "vice" and I don't know if it is bad or not is milk. Some paleo type diets say no dairy.  Some say skim milk, others say full fat (less processed) milk.  The vice is coffee.  I'm trying to gradually increase my water intake.

If I feel like a treat, I have it, but I'm craving less junk... I think my insulin levels must have been out of control before because I had cravings for junk every day.

#21 NannyPlum

Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:19 AM

I'm slowly switching my family over original.gif

I love cooking stuff from scratch, I always feel so proud of my hard work lol.

I have cut out most carbs - I allow myself one serving a day, so if I know I'm having a carby dinner I won't have them throughout the day.  If I'm not having any for dinner I have them for lunch and burnt them off etc.

I do have convenience stuff such as some pasta sauces and taco kits but they are for DP who cooks dinner when I work and because I get home late with DS its just easier to have something he can chuck on and follow the instructions for biggrin.gif

#22 giggleandhoot

Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:29 AM

we clean eat. We do have the odd break, but i try to stick with it 90% of the time. I feel great on it to. It's helped me shed some weight too original.gif

#23 unicycle

Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE (Nat1976 @ 30/08/2012, 10:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
buckwheat, millet, buckwheat flour,


Pumkin and sweet potatoes,
olive oil, or yogurt, garlic and dill;
eggplant with balsamic vinegar,
Tomatoes and basil;

shallots, with a splash of soy souce and mirin. Served with Basmati rice, also low GI.

Greek Yogurt i

cumin  tumeric powder,  Ginger also can be added.

i thought i'd cut and paste the ingredients you use that my grandmothers wouldn't have recognised

not sure why, but it tickled me pink thinking how dull my diet would have to be if i could only eat the foods she would have known. and she would have freaked at eating cow fodder, aka pumpkin

#24 *cough*

Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

Bumping this

Anyone got any other recipes?

I've been making tuna patties which is tuna, seasoning, egg mixed up and cooked in a pan.

About to try lentil dahl.

#25 ubermum

Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

We mostly do. We do eat some sugar and we eat dairy.

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