I'm A Clean Eater Wannabe

Dear Gabby,

With a new  year upon us it seems there is so much focus on getting healthy, eating right and working out (just like every new year). I'm hesitant to follow another fad diet, but would love to learn more about eating "clean".

What does clean eating look like? Are there basics to start from? Any rules of thumb to follow? 

I'm ready to create a lifestyle and not another diet wagon to fall off of.


Wannabe Clean Eater

Dear Wannabe Clean Eater,

Well, first off I would like to applaud your approach this year! Many “fad diets” have come and gone and the problem with them is that they are not sustainable. A true commitment to healthy eating and exercise requires more than a New Year’s Resolution. It requires a lifestyle change and it sounds like you are ready to learn about the right way to do it and commit to a healthy goal.

In this field you often see a lot of buzz words surrounding nutrition. “Clean eating” is a more recent term that is being used in a number of programs and health articles. What does “clean eating” really mean? Well depending on where you look you will find a number of different answers. The basis of the term is that it is a healthy, well-balanced diet that eliminates processed foods, artificial ingredients and colors, sugars and increases fruits/veggies and whole grains.

Always try to eat at the natural form of the food. When you are starting with healthy, unprocessed foods your day might look like this:

  • Breakfast: Spinach Omlette with avocado and organic salsa, a side of berries with sunflower seeds sprinkled on top
  • Mid-Morning snack: Organic apple with natural peanut butter
  • Lunch: Mixed green salad with sliced almonds and grilled chicken, extra virgin olive oil/vinegar
  • Mid-afternoon snack: Smoothie made with greek yogurt, berries, almond milk and organic honey or fresh veggies with 2tbls hummus
  • Dinner: Homemade Turkey Chili with black/red beans, fresh tomatoes

A lot of this starts with prepping for your day and being prepared! I have included a quick list of unprocessed foods that you can start with when building your plan. The good news is that you will feel great almost immediately and naturally lose weight if you stick with this plan.

Sample foods to pick from:

  • Meats, fish, chicken organic if possible
  • Low fat dairy products such as plain greek yogurt, cottage cheese, skim/low fat milk
  • Fruits and veggies (stay away from dried fruit which may have preservatives or sugars added)
  • Brown rice, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, quinoa
  • Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter, seeds, nuts, nut butters, almond milk


Keep up the commitment and you will no longer be a “Wanna Be” clean eater!