what does clean eating REALLY mean?


Is it washing off your fruit before you eat it? No, but that’s still a very good idea 🙂 So, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@yogi_ashley) I talk a lot about “clean eating.” And I realize sometimes I overuse that word and under-explain what I mean, so I recently came across a post that put it so simply & sweetly, I couldn’t help but share it with you. 

You’ll learn 4 quick topics today on the subject of clean eating: what it is, what you should eat, what you should avoid, and the 80/20 rule. 

1.) What is it?!


Clean eating is eating mostly unprocessed foods, fresh fruits & vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Simple. In most grocery stores, it’s the foods on the perimeter of the store. Clean eating is consuming less “packaged” foods and more “from the farm” foods.


2.) So… what should I eat?


So many foods are good for you– it’s just learning to consume MORE of them and less of the sugary foods that give you a quick sugar high and then leave you feeling BLAH. 

Foods like: fruits, vegetables, lean beef/turkey/chicken/salmon, nuts, natural nut butters, plain Greek yogurt sweetened with stevia/pure maple syrup/raw honey, whole wheat, sprouted bread like the Ezekiel brand (just limit breads if you know you’re sensitive to wheat, as a lot of people are), whole grains (quinoa, brown & wild rice), rolled oats, sweet potatoes, hummus, eggs, almond or coconut milk, black coffee, Shakeology, tea and tons of water. 

*I run monthly clean eating groups on my Facebook page where we take the above foods & combine a pretty rocking grocery list, meal plan, and motivation to eat healthier for a week. For more info, email me — fitcoachashley@gmail.com

3.) What should I NOT eat or drink?


I think you *probably* know a lot of the culprits on the list, but I’ll show you anyway. Avoid altogether or consume these sparingly to maintain a clean eating lifestyle:

soda & other sugary drinks, fast food, fried foods, white bread/pasta/rice, foods with added preservatives, dried fruits (usually have a lot of added sugar), canned fruits and veggies (not terrible, but choose fresh over canned whenever possible), “reduced fat” or “low fat” foods– think about what they had to put IN to claim these things (hint: it’s usually genetically modified things), chips, store-bought juice, candy and cereal. 


4.) The 80/20 Rule:

I live my life & my business by this 80/20 concept (also known as the Pareto Principle): eat healthy, whole & minimally processed foods 80% of the time, indulge 20% of the time. We are what we repeatedly do; so choose clean eating the majority of the time, and your body & state of mind will reflect that. 


Don’t make it tough. Clean eating is simple. Cook at home most of the time, snack on fresh foods, and eat meals with few ingredients. Life’s all about moderation, so treat yourself every once in awhile– we’re not robots– we all need some chocolate or wine from time to time 🙂


Cheers to clean eating, 


xo Ashley 

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