Originally Posted by ennay
One difference I have seen just from friends who are on the eat clean diet is she seems to be a big fan of protein shakes which are most definitely a processed food.
All the stuff I read on the Eat Clean diet seem to say no processed foods, but everyone I know on it has tons of protein powder in their diet.
I belive but am not sure, that she advocates eliminating ALL saturated fat and I can't remember her take on honey. I think everyone I know uses stevia which I consider something akin to torture. I'd rather eat nothing sweet at all.
MTA - it is also a 6 meal a day plan
Hi. Someone may have answered your question. I admit I haven't finished reading the thread. I have her Eat Clean book- the first one- and sweeteners like Honey, Agave Nectar, Stevia, Sucanat and Rapadura sugar she says to use in moderation, but they are considered clean.
Her plan is to eat 5 to 6 small meals a day so that you are not going prolonged periods of time between meals to keep blood sugar even.
The meals should be a mix of lean protein and complex carbs.
2 liters of water a day
Don't skip meals
Avoid processed foods especially with white flour and sugar, chemicals, preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
She says to avoid saturated fats and trans fats, but to make sure to get adequate amounts of EFA's (essential fatty acids- unsaturated fats- such as avacado, almond, cashews, flax seed, olive olil, walnuts etc...) each day.
Make the majority of your meals fresh fruits and vegetables with a lot of fiber, vitamins and enzymes and stick to normal portion sizes.
My take on it is to eat foods as closest to their natural state as possible.
The protein shakes are not required. She does say if making a smoothie adding protein powder and flax seed to it is one way to add proteins and EFA's into your day if needed.
I think the people who go overboard on the protein shakes are into the body building aspects of her plan which would need the added protein.
Many of the recipes in her cookbooks call for eggs when making her multi-grain muffins etc... I see little difference if any in the whole foods way of eating and clean eating. I tell people my plan is a mix of clean eating and calorie counting and when I say that I mean whole foods because I don't differentiate between the two terms, but that is just my understanding of the two terms.