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The Difference Between The Paleo Diet and Eating Clean

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I’ve decided clean eats are my favorite.  I love the Whole 30 and Paleo recipes, but I find myself going back to eating clean most of the time.


Clean Eats

 What is the difference between Eating Clean and The Paleo Diet?

“Clean eating is avoiding all processed food, relying on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains rather than prepackaged or fast food.” — Tosca Reno on CNN

The Paleo diet is very similar to eating clean, but it eliminates grains and dairy. They good reasons for the elimination though. Both are mass produced, and most people have a hard time digesting both types of foods.

Both of those explanations are short, but you can learn more about Eating Clean at Tosca Reno and the Paleo Diet at Whole9Life.com

I wanted to share what I ate this week with Megan’s linkup since I haven’t in a few weeks.

My breakfast was the apple and 2 scrambled eggs pictured above. Both of these foods were approved to be Paleo and clean.
Paleo Diet versus Eating Clean

Lunch was a vanilla Shakeology. I also added a little PB2. I’m not trying to sale you on the shakes, but they have helped me get off my digestion medicine. I am not willing to give them up. :) They are considered clean because it’s all whole foods and no artificial sugars are added. The shake does have whey in it though, along with a tiny bit of quinoa, so it would not be considered Paleo.What are Clean Eats?

My snack was 3/4 cup Greek yogurt with honey. Clean but not Paleo.Healthy Chicken Pineapple Pizza

Dinner was an experiment that turned out to be really good! It was a wrap turned into a pizza. Yummy and easy. Again, this falls into eating clean but not Paleo.

I know I may get some backlash because people really love either diet, but this is what works for me. I read labels and reach for foods that are either from the ground or that have a mother.

I also listen to my body — sometimes I crave a whole grain tortilla and other times, I just want protein, veggies, and a healthy fat.

Do you have specific rules for your diet?

*Diet meaning the foods you eat; not diet in a weight loss sense.

Also, can you believe yesterday was October 1st?! This year has flown by. I can’t believe how much has happened though. I’ve been to Disney, got engaged, quit my full-time teaching job and also visited Vegas, Florida and California. This whole year has been so many wonderful surprises.

Since we’re about to enter into the time of the year when food temptations are everywhere, I decided to set some nutrition and fitness goals. I also set a few fun ones.

Goals for the End of 2013

1. Workout 5 days a week and don’t skip out on my cardio workouts.

2. Try 3 new recipes a week.

3. Take pictures everyday. I took a photography class from a friend, and I am going to get better by 2014!

4. Work with my clients get to their fitness goals by 2014.

5. Set office hours and stick to them.

What’s on your goal list for the rest of 2013?

Are you more of a fan of clean eating or the Paleo diet?

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  1. Do you try to eat Paleo or focus on clean eating more? I love the way I feel when I eat Paleo, but weekends and eating out are hard… Thoughts?

    1. I love Paleo recipes so I do eat Paleo a lot, but I stick more to eating clean. It is easier for me, and I still keep dairy and grains limited. When I go out to eat I try to look for places with a low-carb option. I don’t do “low carb,” but usually you can find a nice piece of meat with a veggie. :) I also ask them to not bring the bread or chips out before the meal. If it’s on the table it’s too tempting. Logan’s Roadhouse and Cracker Barrel (I know?! weird right?!) have good options for protein-heavy meals on their healthy menus. I’ll also do a lettuce burger at a burger place, or a big steak is always yummy. :)

  2. I am celiac and anaphalactic to nightshades (by genetics), and lactose and soy intolerant (due to a gastro infection) so I love paleo recipes because I can usually be safe with them, but I do eat rice and corn sometimes, so I guess that makes me lean towards “clean”. I appreciate your explanations and examples though, since I am still in the process of figuring it all out. It was nice and to the point.

  3. I would never worry about whether or not you’ll get backlash or not. You’re your own person & deserve to eat what’s best for you. I personally think all your meals look great!