What does it mean to eat “clean”?

Matthew and I recently decided to reexamine what we were eating. Before I tell you what we’re doing, let me give you a brief history of how we used to eat. In 2006, Matthew headed into residency and I commuted two hours a day to become a physician assistant. The hours were long and our stress was at an all time high. We spent most of our free time studying or sleeping, so there was little energy put towards cooking. We ate out A LOT and were on a first name basis with our pizza delivery boy.

We left school with extra weight on our hips, in desperate need for a vacation, and a sallow tone to our skin (your lifestyle is usually reflected in your skin). To say the least, we were in bad shape when we moved to Colorado.

Fast forward three years. Now we exercise regularly (our favorites include Turbo Fire and P90X), enjoy the outdoors, have lost those extra pounds from school, and actually use our kitchen for something other than holding our leftover pizza boxes. (we are foodies at our core and love to come home and make tastier/ healthier versions of the food we enjoy in restaurants) Colorado is home to some of the healthiest people in the nation and it starts to rub off on you when you live here.

Recently, we started hearing about “clean eating”. Colorado is all about getting back to what nature has to offer and using homeopathic products, so our interest was peaked. The big question is what is Clean Eating?

This is how I define it: Clean eating is cooking/eating non-processed food. Making meals out of simple ingredients and enjoying the flavors the fruits, vegetables, and meat have to naturally offer. It’s not vegetarian, vegan, “low fat”, or a new diet plan. You use items like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados. You eat meat, including red meat. Once again, it’s not a diet, but a way of eating healthier items and getting rid of processed foods. Some people take Clean Eating to the extreme and avoid anything processed including white/brown sugar and white flour. I don’t mind using more honey and whole wheat flour in my cooking, but don’t want to completely commit to being this strict. I firmly believe that how you eat should work with your lifestyle, not the other way around.

I’m going to include our favorite “clean” breakfast recipe.  I got the idea from You Tube and then played with it at home. (I’ll include the original video link below.)

Try it this recipe and give me your thoughts on the “Clean Eating Movement”.

Asian Eggs (inspired by Clean Eating Magazine)

Ingredients:

coconut oil

2 large handfuls of Spinach, Bok choy, Chard

2 large cloves of garlic, diced

1-2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped (I use the ginger that comes in a tube)

sesame oil

tamari (or soy sauce)

siracha

2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Chop garlic and ginger (if you don’t get it pre-chopped).
  2. Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high.
  3. Put in two large handfuls of greens into the skillet. Then add garlic and ginger.
  4. Cook until greens have wilted. Empty onto a plate.
  5. Drizzle a small amount of sesame oil, siracha, and tamari over the cooked greens.
  6. Now make two over-easy eggs in the skillet. Put over greens.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDlzJmZX5Zo

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