An Introduction to Clean Eating

Today is a bit of a different post.

For the last 5 months, it’s been a mission of mine to get smarter about what I eat and put into my body. It came about through suffering from IBS for the last few years and being completely fed up of my body having what I felt were random flare ups that were starting to dictate when I ate certain foods.

I decided to go back to basics and try to clean eat to identify trigger foods, but over the last 5 months I have got more serious and dedicated to eating natural, organic and clean foods and I really see it as a gradual lifestyle change.

This might not be a blog post for everyone, but I wanted to share some hints, tips, loves and dislikes over the last 5 months and hopefully inspire some of you to give it a go, and also keep myself on track by going public! For those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a few healthy posts, and I’ve had a few questions about it so thought I would dedicate some blog space to it too.

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So clean eating can probably be interpreted in a number of ways. Clean eating for me means cutting out processed foods, processed/refined sugars, preservatives and where possible wheat (gluten) and dairy. In essence, a plant based diet with the odd piece of meat thrown in. Now I didn’t go crazy and try and do this all at once, I gradually cut out processed foods or foods with preservatives, so generally ready made foods, microwave or oven meals, tins of food or ‘long life’ cupboard items. As a general rule, anything that had a chemical in that I couldn’t pronounce was out! It was actually pretty easy, I made sure to make my lunch in advance each day (normally a salad with a simple dressing of olive oil and vinegar), and tried to pre-plan what I would eat in the evening a lot more.

It means my diet consists of a lot fresh fruit and veg, all varieties of nuts, dried fruit, smoothies and juices and a lot of new tasty foods I hadn’t considered incorporating into my diet before.

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Once I had the basics and had expanded my clean recipes a bit, I started to get a bit stricter with myself and looking into how I could make delicious, quick recipes that were completely clean. I also started looking for organic and clean alternatives e.g. organic ketchup to feel a bit more normal, or raw cacao to make some tasty chocolate alternatives, organic clean and dairy free ice-creams etc.

I have also tried to cut out caffeine where I can, which was pretty easy as I already drink Red Bush tea (Rooibos Tea) or Peppermint Tea over normal tea or coffee. I’ve also started drinking more lemon with hot water as a replacement, and I just love it.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect. Farrrrrrr from, and I try to give myself a day off a week (normally at the weekend) as trying to have a social life and going out for dinner is definitely one of the harder aspects of eating clean!

But my body definitely doesn’t want to go back to how I was treating it before, and so clean eating is definitely worth it for how good I feel, how good my skin has been and the freedom I have now that I’m controlling what goes in my body!

Anyway, now that re-cap is out the way, I thought I would start to share some recipes and products on my blog, with the hoping of sharing some of my experiences and products I wouldn’t have known about without researching.

I shared my Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe a few days ago as the first step and it seemed to go down pretty well!

I’m probably going to add in a few breakfast recipes and go from there, so watch this space if you’re interested!

I hope you’ve like this post, clean eating is something I’m really passionate about and sharing it on my blog will hopefully be a great way to keep going.

Let me know if you would like me to talk about any particular topic or recipe type and I’ll be happy to share!

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5 Comments

  1. 8th November 2015 / 10:54 pm

    This sounds so encouraging! I am glad you feeling the benefits of it. I think I’d consider giving this a go, but I reckon it might start to get quite expensive. Do you find it costs you more, how are you managing to afford it, or is it actually cheaper than it sounds? x

    • 8th November 2015 / 11:16 pm

      Thanks for the love Sandeep! I’d say the initial part was a bit more expensive than my usual shop as I bought lots of nuts/seeds which tend to be a bit pricier and bought items like organic maple syrup and coconut oil which are naturally a bit more expensive. But once those items were done it hasn’t really cost any more than normal! Because I’m buying less unhealthy snacks as well that kind of balances out the cost. Let me know if you decide to give it a go! X

      • 9th November 2015 / 10:56 am

        When I read this, ‘Because I’m buying less unhealthy snacks as well that kind of balances out the cost,’ I remembered just how much I spent on sweets in Home Bargains last week. If I went to Aldi to buy healthy things instead, I could come out with loads of things! I guess you have to choose to be smart with budgets, and what you really spend your money on.

        I really am tempted to give this a go, even to see if I can make it a week. x

  2. 9th November 2015 / 1:29 am

    I definitely feel I could benefit from a diet along these lines. I have always had a sensitive stomach and am lactose intolerant on top of it. Recently I’ve notice it being worse… I look forward to seeing possibly recipe ideas from you 🙂

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