- HEALTH TRACKER
I'm going to put in my two cents and say that it depends on what the term "clean eating" means to you...
To me "clean eating" is choosing real food choices, that is foods that are NOT mainly based in preprocessing or a having a long list of ingredients I cannot say (even with a phonetic breakdown )...Honey is on my clean eating list, although I never thought of the bee spit thing before, locally bought honey is medically proven to inprove your immune system and honey is a sugar that is not processed, milk sugars fall in the same catagory in my mind to...I do eat things with sugar substitute and yes splenda is one of my BEST friends, but what I try to do is make my own sweets so I control the other parts of the recipe and can still keep it pretty "clean"...
You are right, it is all a big balancing act and yes to me that means really reading and understanding most of what is on the label of the foods I eat that come with one...That includes fresh foods ( unprocessed meat, cheese, veggies - fresh or frozen & canned sometimes, some fresh fruit ) and drinks that have splenda or aspartime ( use both crystal lite & splenda ) & just plain water sometimes...What I rarely eat is pre-made meals ( tv dinners, gourmet grocery meals, etc ) ...I want to control most of what goes into what I eat, that way I am making active decisions about how "clean" I eat...
And finally, I follow one of the main tenants of my surgeon & NUT post surgery - which is DO NOT eat on the go in the car, distracted by the TV or even my fav pre-surgery practice of eating while reading a good book ( although I will take a good book in the pott occasionally )
...Instead I savor the flavor by focusing on the conversation around me and the meal at hand...
Thanks for being open to all ideas...
Alesia : start 249 / surgeon's goal 138 / current 142