So what IS Clean Eating? The very best information I've found comes directly from the Clean Eating Magazine. I will print here what is inside each of their magazines, giving them full credit for every word. I should also mention that many of my favorite clean recipes come from them! (these are almost identical to Tosca Reno's "rules to clean eating")
"The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it's a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life - one meal at a time.
Eat five to six times a day - three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.
Drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
Get label savvy. Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.
Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.
Know thy enemies. Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.
Shop with a conscience. Consume humanely raised and local meats.
Consume healthy fats (essential fatty acids, or EFAs) every day.
Learn about portion sizes and work toward eating within them.
Reduce your carbon footprint. Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.
Drink water with a lemon wedge instead. A glass of red wine for a special occasion is OK but it should be a rare indulgence. The health benefits of red wine are reversed after more than one glass a day.
Slow down and savor. Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite.
Take it and go. Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.
Make it a family affair. Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family's life along with your own."