Here's one definition from Livestrong:
Clean eating is a diet program based on the idea that the best way to eat is to abundantly enjoy whole foods -- that is, foods as close to their natural state and you can get them. This means eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins instead of pre-packaged, processed foods or fast food. Clean eating is also committed to replacing saturated fats with healthy fats. Many on the plan don't count calories, but instead trust in good quality, healthy food.
Do you eat clean? I will say that a lot of the meals and dinners I make are pretty clean. I use lots of fresh veggies (bell peppers & onions are our favorite). We eat broccoli. Our grains, pastas, etc, are usually always whole wheat. If I do anything packaged, it is something like quiona or whole wheat pasta.
But during the DAY? Shooooot. That's another story. I bring canned soup, Atkin bars, cheese, etc. When I drink soda, eat chips, candy, etc...that ain't so clean.
So I think I would like to start making an effort to eat cleaner. Nothing CRAZY and wild, but just starting.
The thing is people... (Bridget the new nutritionist in Dr. Friedman's office...this would be a good time for you to go get a glass of water)...
I don't like a lot of "clean" veggies. Raw carrots...YUCK. Snap peas, asparagus, cute little cherry tomatoes (if I dip them in ranch I can eat 'maters...but I don't think ranch is very clean). I love me some canned green beans, canned peas, corn on the cob. I actually brought some celery today bc I AM TRYING to like it. Of course, I must dip said celery in peanut butter...
but peanut butter has protein!
And fruits...well, some fruits are hard to eat with the band. You can't just crunch into an apple without thought, banana's give me problems sometimes, I have been known to pukie up some grabs (skins are tough). SO it's HARD TO EAT CLEAN.
And yes. I am fully aware I am just making up excuses.
So...FINE! I am going to give it a try...
um...maybe starting tomorrow.