Anyone into "clean" eating?

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  1. luvwinnie

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    Yep! Started about a month ago for my migraines. Now, I also upped my topamax because they were so bad so i have no idea yet if it's helping but i do have more energy. Cut out almost all refined sugar (yeah, i still need it in my coffee and i make my own iced tea and use some, but way less than my Snapple habit!)...no processed foods, and i'm cutting my bread, wheat, etc. way down. I'm Italian so life without bread wouldn't worth living lol...
     
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  3. arthuruscg

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    Not right now, because we are remodeling our basement (where the freezer goes)
     
  4. almburr

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    We are a clean eating family! We try to follow it 100% but there are times we enjoy treats. Our grocery bill hasn't changed much. I subscribe to the eat clean magazine. I also have several cook books.
     
  5. JessB320

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    I find I shop at any store a lot less now. we bought a 1/4 of a cow, several chickens and 1/2 a hog all from local ranchers. I get my eggs 10 dozen at a time from a hobby chicken farmer. We get fish from my dad fresh caught, and milk from a local farm. The milk has not been homogenized so I separate the cream off and make butter. Then I make yougurt, yougurt cheese, ricotta, and mozzarella from the milk. Or we just drink it lol. We get large bags of whole wheat organic flour from a local granary. In spring summer and fall I make a trip to the farmers markets 1-2 times a week for all our veggies and fruit. This leaves very little I have to buy at the store , and our budget is waaaay less than it use to be . Cutting all the junk out and then cutting out the middle man saves a ton. Don't get overwhelmed however, just start small!! Your on the right track. Get use to fresh veggies, then worry about organic!!

    Check out freshfield farms in orlando. They sell only meat and produce at great prices, they try to focus on local and organic stuff and have new specials every week!! They are on Facebook

    Good luck !!
     
  6. Tiggeroo

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    we are a clean eating home. It's part of my new weight loss plan. I wear my fitbit, follow steps, count calories and eat clean. No processed food (usually), no white sugar or flour. I can't always do organic or free range though. But if you are having food issues I think just eliminating all processed food might be enough. I do little dairy, mostly only yogurt and creamer for my coffee. I use coconut and almond milk at home, soy when out. I have done this off and on but for the past three weeks I've been pretty serious about it. I am starting to feel better.
     
  7. Janepod

    Janepod <font color=royalblue>The new dinning plan is out.

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    I do. Shopping more expensive, but not really more time-consuming. I do 90 percent of my shopping at a small local chain. There I can get milk (organic, low temp, grass fed) and dairy products from a nearby farm, same goes for eggs. Wild caught fish & shellfish. Grass fed, antibiotic-free meat and chicken. Organic fruits and vegetables. I do grow a lot of herbs and some vegetables.

    I do still buy Pop Tarts for my husband and son. Their favorite thing. But other than that, no HFCS, and very little sugar. We really don't have dessert at home other than fruit (but I'm not a hardass about this - we have real cake for birthdays, for example.)

    I am a SAHM so I have plenty of time to, say, make soup from scratch or bake bread or whatever. I just avoid packaged/processed foods ... except the Pop Tarts.

    Honestly, the thing I hate about Disney is the quality & source of the food. We would go more often if we were comfortable eating that stuff. We're not kooky enough to bring our own coolers full of food and heat it up on the coffeepot or ironing board or whatever. So we do tend to stick to the TS restaurants -- those at least have more organic, hormone- free options. I don't mind paying more for that.
     
  8. burnurcomputer

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    I am not clean, clean but I do try to stick to the outside of the store where the freshness is found :) I eat meat and don't do green smoothies, like some of my super clean eating friends. I do eat processed foods, but have been switching over to more "me" food rather then "them" food. Its for my weight and so I can live a better life.
     
  9. runsandjumps

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    I think clean eating actually helps my budget. If I omit meat, dairy and eggs. I basically only shop in the veggie section with grains purchased in bulk.

    However, what gets me is the clean eating added to what the rest of my kids enjoy. That is where it gets expensive.
     
  10. NotUrsula

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    I know nothing about the whole concept of a "clean" food -- and don't really care, either.

    However, I *do* know about migraines, and when it comes to dairy items, you should limit to non-fermented items if migraines are an issue. Fermented/aged foods of any kind tend to be a problem for migraine sufferers. Hard cheeses are part of that list.
     
  11. disfan07

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    For me, yes and no. A lot of the way I eat has to do with my allergies. But I do choose to buy organic grass fed beef and organic chicken plus a lot of fruits and veggies.

    I can't have nuts, eggs, shellfish, wheat, soy, dairy, sesame, oats, coconut. But...I also cannot have raw fruits and vegetables.

    I haven't given up processed foods completely. I need some quick snacks to grab occasionally (I'm a college student...time is limited)

    But I do buy organic meat and poultry from whole foods. It's not cheap. For a week of meals, I spend about $25-30 just for myself.

    I do buy some chips but the only ingredients are potatoes, oil and sea salt. I do occasionally buy hormel lunch meats to take sandwiches to doctors appointments on Fridays. But most of what I buy has less than 5 ingredients if it's pre made.

    However, for sweet treats, I either make everything or I get a treat from a gluten free, allergen free and vegan bakery near me.

    My typical shopping list for the week:
    1 lb of 90/10 ground beef
    1 lb of organic chicken
    1/2 lb of organic ground turkey
    Eggplant
    Carrots
    Beets
    Mushrooms
    Peppers
    Onions
    Apples
    Pears
    Frozen blueberries
    Frozen cherries
    Green beans
    Dried apples, prunes, apricots (made in nature brand...no added sugar)


    And sometimes I have additional things such as brown rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch for baking.

    The trick for me is, I can't go out to eat. It's. It's just not possible. So all quick bites and convenience foods are a no go for me. So that means I have to create my own convenience foods. So for example, this past Saturday, I spent half the day cooking and I made:
    Veggie lasgana (no cheese)
    Meat lasgana (no cheese)
    Chicken w/veggies (recipe from my old pot pie recipe...just without the biscuits)
    Baked fruit
    Chocolate chunk brownie bars
    Blueberry and plain pancakes
    Vanilla cupcakes

    And then I freeze it all. So all I have to do during the week is take it out of the freezer/fridge and heat it up. It keeps me from just snacking on junk and it keeps me from skipping meals.

    I will say that I spend anywhere from $75-100/week just for myself depending on how much I have to buy. It's not cheap but I also have a lot of limitations other people don't have.


    I will say though, for me, the only thing my diet has helped is my allergies. Otherwise I still have migraines, joint pain, GI problems, and eczema along with asthma, endometriosis and PCOS. But my medical is so complicated I never expected a diet change to help too much.
     
  12. Jockaroo

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    Hi. I haven't posted for ages, but have faced diet modifications due to migraines. My doctor recommended following a low tyramine diet. I have found that this helps. I know every person has different triggers, but study the tyramine diet if you haven't.

    The idea behind the diet is that tyramine is produced with the breakdown of an amino acid called tyrosine. As foods age, tyramine builds. People with migraines may not handle tyramine-ladden foods well. The key is to eat fresh. You mentioned being concerned about dairy and especially cheeses. Aged cheeses are super-high in tyramine. It seems that the body can handle some levels of tyramine, but there is a tipping point and when that point is crossed--migraines happen.

    I find that by eating as fresh as I can, avoiding all but fresh cheeses, avoiding nitrates and sulfites, limiting soy and MSG it has helped. And I feel better in general. I've found that the MSG thing is the hardest--this additive masquerades under nearly 30 names. And eating fresh means avoiding over-rippened fruits, leftover meats over 48 hours old, not just cheddar and blue cheeses. You will have to prepare most of your meals at home. I would not advise making a big batch of mashed potatoes and eating them over several days as the tyramine levels will rise making the food risky to you.

    I found these links very helpful when researching the diet my doctor recommended:
    www.nmh.org/ccurl/504/151/Low-tyramine-diet-08.pdf
    This file gives info on high tyramine foods, but is written for people taking MAOI inhibitors (tyramines interact with the medications and can shoot the blood pressure up to dangerous levels).

    This file is also helpful identifying foods that may be risky:
    www.headaches.org/pdf/Diet.pdf

    Good luck. Finding the triggers can take a very long time. I don't eat frozen prepared foods, canned soups, or processed meats (but do eat very small amounts of uncured bacon and a locally produced fresh sausage). And many snack foods are out. I've found pretzels and a few brands of corn chips and salsas satisfy my chip cravings. I do have to avoid eating out frequently and tend to frequent local places that prepare food fresh or are willing to modify my meal.
     
  13. crz4mm2

    crz4mm2 <font color=teal>Most of the time I just sit and s

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    I went Gluten Free first of Nov.
    Migraines- gone.
    Joint pain- MUCH better (not totally gone).
    Acid reflux- gone.
    Eczema - gone.

    Good luck. It's been a God send for me.
     
  14. disfan07

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    I have to fully admit that I am very jealous of you...lol. I went gluten free in July because of a wheat allergy (I am also dairy free, soy free, plus many other things...) and we have made NO progress with my headaches, joint pain, fatigue, eczema, reflux, GI pain, etc. I so wanted gluten free to be the miracle fix it seems to be for so many other people :(
     
  15. LSmith

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    My family gave up all meat, fish, dairy and eggs about 5 months ago. My daughter's chronic eczema since birth (she's 14) cleared up completely within a month.

    We are all new people, health wise.

    Also, are you sure you completely eliminated all traces of dairy in every single food? I recently read about a woman who gave up dairy for eczema but still was eating foods with traces of diary like cookies or breads etc. It wasn't until she eliminated every single trace of milk ingredients that the eczema cleared up. In other words, just not drinking milk or eating cheese is not enough.
     
  16. crz4mm2

    crz4mm2 <font color=teal>Most of the time I just sit and s

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    Sorry :(

    I have to admit, that I REALLY didn't think it would have this affect. A friend convinced me to try for ONE MONTH. I really did it to see if my joint pain would improve. I didn't dream I would have these results.
    I know it is not the answer for all, but sure was for me.
     
  17. Chikabowa

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    I follow whole30/paleo and have kept consistent for 18 months.

    I eat no grains of any kind, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no legumes (with the exception of occasional snap peas), no alcohol, no dairy, no corn, no MSG, and no soy/soy-based products.

    There isn't a whole foods near by and even in shopping there I find very little that I can actually use (and the mark up on the other items I can get anywhere else is significant). Trader Joes also has very little.

    I buy my grass fed beef from a local butcher and will often buy locker packs.
    Otherwise I do almost 100% of my shopping at Costco and pick up a few specific items at local grocery stores (small quantity type items).

    Our food bill has actually stabilized, but not gone up. We don't eat out nearly as much as we used to, we don't waste money on snacks, but cook more at home and pack our food on outings.

    I've had amazing results on my health. Those that I know who have gone this route have also had amazon results. Once you get used to it and break the cycle of a processed diet it really is simple, filling (no portion measuring or calorie counting!), and satisfying. I simply don't crave anything anymore because the food I eat really satisfies.
     
  18. disfan07

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    Yep. All dairy. We are pretty sure I am allergic (haven't been tested recently but since eliminating dairy I no longer have allergy symptoms after eating) so I'm very cautious about it. Everything I've eliminated is because of allergies so no traces of anything. I can't give up meat or fish. tried and I ended up even worse of because I wasn't getting enough nutrition. Since I am so limited in my diet, meat and fish is essential for me.

    I am on immunosuppresents for my eczema (have been on them for about 4 1/2 years) and I still flare up and have chronic eczema even with that treatment. I had hoped diet would help but were not sure where we can go from here without causing some nutrition issues (I already don't absorb B12 so that's a concern as well).
     
  19. LSmith

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    Well that really sucks. Sorry about that. My daughter has been virtually cured of it.

    Have you ever watched Forks Over Knives on Netflix? It's very eye opening about the food we consume. Another really good documentary is Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead about people whose autoimmune diseases are completely suppressed on a plant based diet.

    Another good source is http://www.drmcdougall.com/free.html. Very good site that might help. Good luck!
     
  20. disfan07

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    My doctors discussed a plant based diet but decided its not feasible. I can't have raw fruits or raw vegetables. I also cannot have soy. I can't have nuts, sesame, oats or coconut.

    My meals are very heavily fruit and veggie based (cooked of course) but because of my OAS I can't tolerate large amounts of even cooked fruits or vegetables.

    It's all so complicated...lol
     
  21. LSmith

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    Sorry I couldn't be of more help. That's got to be very frustrating.
     

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