I will never be able to (or want to!) eat 100% clean at any time. I have a few things that I refuse to give up, and I think that is okay! For example...
- Heinz Ketchup - the version bought in Canada. Anywhere else, it tastes different. No name brands don't compare. I don't even want to try the low-sugar kind.
- Frank's Red Hot Sauce - I put that shit on everything!
- Coffeemate - I'm lactose intolerant, and almond milk just doesn't do it for me in coffee. I don't put it in every coffee, sometimes I drink it black, but it's just so delicious! I do use the sugar-free kind.
- Whole wheat pitas/tortillas/buns - some people may consider this clean. I don't, but I don't feel guilty eating them sometimes. I do try to limit them though.
- All Bran Buds - I don't eat these everyday, but they're great to mix with chia, berries and almond milk if I need something to keep me full. I'm currently trying to cut Kashi Go Lean out of my diet.
Here are the guidelines I follow about 80-95% of the time:
- Drink 500 mL of water in the morning before eating or drinking anything else. I have a water bottle I use exclusively for this reason.
- Eat within an hour of waking up - healthy carbs and protein!
- Eat every 3 hours.
- Minimize processed foods. I cut out granola bars and I now bake all of my snacks. We make our own burgers, and I'm starting to make my own salad dressing. Frozen dinners and pre-packaged meals don't make the cut.
- Always pair carbs with protein
- Minimize sugar intake. Clean eating often allows for natural sugars like honey and agave, but for my goals I prefer to keep these to a minimum in my diet.
- Add vegetables to everything possible. Make friends with salad, especially greens!
- This isn't a guideline so much as a necessity - food prep, food prep, food prep.