Anyone into "clean" eating?

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  1. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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    I was doing some reading on the subject after seeing an article about migraines and reduction in onset after people start clean eating. If you do this in your home, do you shop at different stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, and has your normal grocery bill increased?
     
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  3. MEK

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    I know someone who eats very "clean" and she shops at all regular grocery stores. I really think you can purchase most of the things you need at a regular grocery store. If there are any specialty items - go to a more high end store. He diet ended up being a diet of omission. She basically omitted a lot of foods from her diet. You don't need a special store to do that.
     
  4. The Mystery Machine

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    We are eating a heart healthy diet, which is almost clean eating and while I would love to shop at Whole Foods, it is 30mins away to go shop there for me and Whole Foods is expensive. If you shop there your bill will raise most definitely.

    I would love to shop at Whole Foods for their meat, fish, and eggs though. My local grocery store does not have cage free eggs, bison meat, and the fish selection can be pretty poor.

    As far as Trader Joe's, they do have great snacks, but most of their stuff is prepackaged or frozen which would not be clean eating.

    I need to find a good butcher is what I need to do.:thumbsup2
     
  5. shortbun

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    If you want a diet fairly free of GMO's, you need to do your shopping at Whole Foods or grow it yourself or buy it from an organic farm.
     
  6. Riles_and_Gabe

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    OP - Thank you for posting this. It has me very intrigued as well and I will be interested to hear the responses.
     
  7. jlewisinsyr

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    There are other stores besides Whole Foods. We shop mostly at Earth Fare, which (Whole Foods is about 5 miles further away and we were underwhelmed when this one opened) offers pretty much the same stuff as Whole Foods.

    The larger Wegman's in the Northeast also are highly competitive in the non-GMO, organic space.

    Although, up until this point I've never heard of "clean" eating, we pretty much do just that (read up one it). When we eat at home, we eat virtually no processed foods, almost everything is organic, we prefer local grown foods and look for small ingredient lists.
     
  8. Pembo

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    Friend at work is eating clean. It has helped her migraines to the point that she no longer gets them and she's lost weight. No Whole Foods in our area, she shops the local grocery stores.
     
  9. JFonzarelli

    JFonzarelli Earning My Ears

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    Eating clean is fairly easy and manageable on the pockets. No need to shop at specific stores at all. Talapia, broccoli, fruits, nuts, milk, chicken, etc. can all be found at your local walmart/grocery store. You'll be cooking WAY more seeing as you want to stay away from ALMOST everything in a box and requires microwaving.
     
  10. Hardy

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    I eat basically a vegan diet. Occasionally I end up eating something with milk protein or something, and I also will eat local properly raised honey. Vegan is a lot of clean eating! If it has an ingredient list, it's probably likely to not be clean! But you can find stuff, I do most of my shopping at Kroger which has a large organic section, and a local co-op, and of course farmers market. Corn and soy are common gmo culprits, look for organic things, and organic fruits and veggies, potatoes, etc. I probably spend around the same bc I don't buy convenience foods or meat, milk, or eggs anymore. We also rarely eat out which is a huge savings that can be put toward the grocery bill.
     
  11. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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    The reason why I asked about stores like Whole Foods is because of the meat issue. We now mainly do all grocery shopping at Walmart, which does not offer organic cage free meats. We have a Publix right near the Walmart but I haven't looked into their meat selections.

    My migraines won't disappear totally because there's nerve issues in the back of my neck BUT I'm sure it could definitely help, especially since I do notice triggers like when I eat frozen foods or cheese.
     
  12. mrsdrake625

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    I think the key to not having the grocery bill go way up is being willing to try new things and adjust habits. If you are willing to eat in season and cook a little differently and possibly cook more often, your bill may not go up that much.

    We eat GF and try to do organic when feasible. What we have learned is while the GF and
     
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    (Ooops!) ... gf and organic versions of the foods we ate were more expensive, it was less money to change our eating habits just that little bit. I.e., gf bread or organic chicken are expensive, so we eat less bread and chicken now. Salad dressing that doesn't have nasty chemicals is more $ but we learned that tossing it in a bowl w the salad greens help us use less of it.

    Good luck!! It's been a totally worthwhile investment on our end. Hope it helps your migraine.
     
  14. castleview

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    Yes, but I don't always practice it. ;) I usually drink some "green" juice every morning (cuke, apple, broccoli stem, spinach, kale celery and pear/kiwi). Macular degeneration runs in my family so I get as many leafy greens as I can. Plus it does keep me full for a while.

    For me clean eating, is avoiding lots of junky, sugary, and nutrientless foods, but I'd be lying to say I don't indulge here and there. My newest addition to better eating is replacing dairy milk with almond or coconut milk. Also, trying to use different flours and less white flour. A little at a time. :)
     
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    I plan on clean eating during Lent. I'm first doing a sugar detox for a week to help wean off that processed stuff.

    Our Kroger has organic chicken, but no organic beef. I do buy regular beef, but try to eat less 3oz. Once a week and lean as it can come.
     
  16. The Mystery Machine

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    Before you jump into the fray of "Whole Foods" & "eating clean" I suggest you cut out processed foods first.

    Also look into migraine trigger foods and eliminate those.

    It is better to begin replacing things that you normally eat and substitute that for fresh food.

    It takes time. Good Luck!
     
  17. IheartMickey

    IheartMickey I have not been blessed by the tag fairy!

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    Migraine trigger foods can be different for everyone. Some say gluten, some soy, some milk and milk by products. I kept a food diary for several weeks but since I have a migraine every day it's hard to tell what is the culprit because there's no break in between the pain.

    The only thing that I have consistently is milk or cheese. Last week I had pizza and ended up in the ER the next morning so there's definitely some truth to the diary product triggers for me at least. I noticed a difference when we switched to organic milk a few years ago, but since have gone back to regular.

    I'm going to have to start as someone has said taking things out or replacing them little by little. I always eat canned vegetables. I have to switch to fresh/hopefully organic. I often have mashed potatoes made from a box mix. I told my mom that we should just make a big batch of home made mashed with organic potatoes and keep it in the fridge.

    Before I take out cheeses or milk completely I'll try switching to organic versions first. I've used soy or almond milk in the past and it's just not the same. I really really don't want to give up milk. If I have to.. I will.
     
  18. The Mystery Machine

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    That is certainly the way to go. It is time consuming, let me tell you as I am doing it.

    Here is the line of thinking you need to eliminate. You are worried more about "organic", "clean eating", etc.. and less about eating processed foods.

    Start there first. And don't make "big batches" of mashed potatoes. Just make a small batch when you do make them.

    Key here is to try and cook EVERYDAY with fresh food and fresh ingredients no matter where you bought them & if they are organic or not to start with.

    I think that is the hardest part. The question of what do you want to eat can be TORTURE!!!!!:crazy2:
     
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    I don't know where you live, but why not go to a local rancher and buy an entire cow? Usually they know a local butcher that will do the job and you will have enough meet to fill an entire chest freezer.
     
  20. MissKip

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    I eat clean most of the time. It's not difficult of expensive to do. I spend a lot of time in the gym and feel much better when I eat clean
     
  21. The Mystery Machine

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    Is that what you do?
     

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