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Clean Eating 101: Free Printable List With Over 100 Clean Foods

I have people ask me about clean eating all the time.  I’m no expert but I have been working at eating clean for over two years now.  At first I had no idea what I was doing.  Some meals I would get so frustrated that I would just throw my hands up and leave the kitchen with my stomach still growling because I had no idea what I could eat.

It’s gotten easier over the last two years and even eating out isn’t so difficult anymore.  I’m going to be sharing all this week about clean eating.  Here are some posts you can look forward to:

Monday:  Clean Eating 101 (with printable list of over 100 clean foods)
Wednesday:  Clean Eating Recipes (some of my favorite meals)

Today I’m going to talk about the what and the why.  What is clean eating and why is it important?  Clean eating is simply eating wholesome, natural foods.  No preservatives.  No additives.  No processed foods/chemicals.  Just healthy, whole food as close to nature as possible.  Basically if God made it, you can eat it.

People have been eating clean for awhile but Tosca Reno really popularized it with her cookbook series, The Eat Clean Diet.  She has published several clean eating cookbooks and also founded Clean Eating Magazine.   She promotes eating several small meals a day (usually 3 meals and 2 snacks spaced out 2-3 hours apart).  She does not promote counting calories but rather listening to your body and recognizing when you are full.  If you are eating a reasonable portion size and stopping when you are full then there is no need to count calories when you eat clean.

Weight loss is at least 70% what you eat and I firmly believe that clean eating is the way to go.  After all, it’s all about eating the foods that God Himself created.  Obviously He knows what is best for our bodies!

The benefits of clean eating include:

  • weight loss
  • decreased body fat
  • increased lean tissue
  • improved energy
  • decreased risk of diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular problems
  • less consumption of chemicals and GMOs
Clean eating is not a diet.  It’s not something that you do for a short period of time to lose weight.  It is a complete lifestyle change.  It is a different way of looking at food.
I have compiled a list of over 100 Clean Foods that you can download and print for FREE.  Of course I can’t list every single clean food out there but this is a pretty thorough list and is a handy reference guide.  Be sure to check out the first page for some basic clean eating guidelines.
For even more information read the article, Clean Eating: Why Eating Clean is the Unfad Diet That Works.  It has so much helpful information in it.  If you don’t read the whole article, at least scroll down and read the section about challenges.  It addresses some of the initial issues with switching to a clean diet (blandness, cost, eating out, etc).
Come back tomorrow for my tips for eating out.  It’s not as difficult as you think!  I’ll share specific menu items at local restaurants as well as tips for making healthier/cleaner substitutions!
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8 thoughts on “Clean Eating 101: Free Printable List With Over 100 Clean Foods

  1. This is why your blog is one of my faves! You are always so helpful and informative!! Thank you for this list!! I have been contemplating this change but it’s honestly so overwhelming! With this list, I feel like I can go forth and at least have a starting point to reference! Thanks, Laura!!

    1. I was going to comment but it would just echo Jenn’s comment. It seems like it would be difficult/stressful to start to make that change – especially for someone, like myself, who is on a budget. I’m looking forward to your post on that and I think I will start to make small changes to my pantry and fridge to use what we have and start in the right direction.


    2. Thanks, y’all! It can be a little overwhelming at first and sometimes (like today) I completely mess up and binge on cheese doodles. Seriously…WHY do I do that to myself? But I keep telling myself that it’s not about the one bad day a month (I usually average about one binge day a month)–it’s about the 29 good days!

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