What Is Clean Eating?

Clean Eating has changed my life, and I have my beautiful friend Kristine to thank for that.  After I had Damian I decided to go to a nutritionist, and that’s where I met Kristine and my views on food changed.   She helped not only myself but my family as well.

Eating clean is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.  It’s quite easy to do actually.  It doesn’t have strict rules like paleo, gluten-free, etc. It is all about eating whole foods.  What does that mean?  Real, whole foods.  Most of my grocery shopping happens on the perimeter of the store and I try to limit my processed foods.

I used to think that eating healthy meant not enjoying delicious foods. Kristine taught me I can have good-for-me food without sacrificing any flavor. It all depends on the ingredients and how they’re prepared. I am so thankful for her because before we met I simply did not know better.

Think you’re too busy to eat clean?  Think again.  When I was a working mother I would make my meals for the week on one of my days off.  I would portion out my lunches to make my mornings easier.  All I would have to do is grab and go.

rules of clean eatingI live by the 80/20 rule.  What does that mean?  I eat a mostly clean lifestyle, but I like to indulge in things like cake or buffalo wings.  All things in moderation peeps.  Life is short, and I don’t want to live without ice cream, pasta, pizza, or mac and cheese.  I like to use my splurges on one day or a couple meals throughout the week.  It all depends on how I’m feeling.

I enjoy food too much to view it just as fuel, which is why I am always creating tasty, healthy alternatives for my family.  I’ve written about my feeling towards children’s nutrition before so I won’t get  too in to it, but it’s something I am passionate about.  I want to give my children the best, but why should I be excluded?  We know how children can be picky


Most of my recipes are clean eats and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will keep them coming!

Have you tried clean eating?  Do you follow a 80/20 rule?


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  • Great post! I have been trying to eat clean for a while now. It’s gotten easier to say no to certain foods now, especially processed.

  • Thanks for sharing!

  • I have made it one of my goals this year to eat better! I used to think it was so difficult and expensive to eat more vegetables and less processed foods, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it was not! I’ll be checking out some of your recipes to pin for later 🙂

  • Love this! I’m a huge advocate of shopping the perimeter first. Our carts, kitchens, and bellies should be filled with the healthier foods found there at the perimeter. I like the 80/20 rule, having a treat or gooey snack is inevitable and sometimes dinner just comes from a box but following this idea of 80/20 makes it a bit more healthier for you! Excited to check out some of your recipes!

  • I have a friend doing this. We’ve pretty much tried to do a moderated version of this ourselves as I really think the chemicals in over-processed foods are the causes of a lot of illnesses.

  • Thanks for clarifying! I have heard of clean eating all over but never really knew what that meant.

  • This is a great post!

    Since the beginning of 2013, I’ve been trying to eat cleaner. And at our house, we most definitely live by the 80/20 rule! We try to maintain a healthy lifestyle (and I’m trying to drop a few more lbs), but we also indulge and splurge every now and then!

    The Journey…

  • Love this! I definitely try to eat clean and love the 80/20 rule! Everything in moderation!

  • ugh i’m SUCH bad eater! i wish i had the willpower to eat clean 24/7 and make it a life style, not just one week then go back to candy and pizza the next! totally lovinggg your 80/20 idea! may have to put that into my own use!


  • Thanks for the post! I definitely want to get back on the right diet track and the 80/20 rule sounds like a great way to still have my favorite comfort foods.

  • Thanks for this post! I’m a huge health fan but sometimes you have to indulge and have some cake!

    -Haley @ A Long Distance Love

  • Im very intrigued my the idea of clean eating … and have been looking into it for a little while. I cook just about everything from scratch anyways. How do you go about doing sweetener substitutions, though? Is it always a 1:1 ratio? Like if you are baking something and want to replace the sugar with stevia or honey. Any thoughts/ideas?! Because this is my biggest hold up.

  • Thanks for this explanation. I wasn’t sure what eating clean was

  • I’m so happy more people are getting informed and eating clean! It’s so important especially for families with children. You need to watch Hungry for Change on Netflix. It changed the way I shop, eat and think about food.

  • New follower! I feel like the 80/20 rule is the only way to go. It’s completely impractical to never allow yourself to indulge… and dieting just gets miserable that way. Great post with some great tips! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Diary of a Debutante

  • Happy I found your blog! Adding you to Bloglovin’!


  • SH

    Water is definitely my secret! I drink so much water throughout the day – which helps with my cravings too.

    The Hartungs Blog

  • Kym

    I’m a huge fan of the 80/20 rule, too! For the most part, I shop the perimeter of the grocery store, stocking up on fresh fruit and veggies, along with protein. I love cooking a healthy dinner … but you best believe that I usually have some type of baked dish (it’s currently apple crisp with real flour (hey, I’m not perfect) in this house!), brownie, or cookie hanging around.

    I’ve seen the AMAZING results of clean eating from a friend who just had her 2nd baby about 6 months ago. Her body is T-O-N-E-D. I wish that I had that type of willpower…but quiet honestly, I enjoy the entertaining aspect of food too much to swear off flour or cheese etc. Moderation is definitely key 🙂

  • Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU!
    I’ve been wondering about this craze and wondered how hard it could be! I can’t wait till I have my own little big kitchen to start working on this plan. I love the idea of shopping the perimeter of the grocery store!

    Thanks love!!!

  • I pretty much try to eat like that and it’s amazing! It makes me feel SO much better!

  • Great Post! I have to get back on clean eating 100% for the most part i do about 80% of clean eating and the other 20% of junk that I need to cut out lol I’m going to try clean eating 100% starting on the 15th 🙂

  • I’ve wanted to try clean eating for a really long time! This was a great explanation of it! I’m gonna have to try it now!!

  • I’ve wanted to do this for a while but I feel like I don’t have the passion, time or determination.