What is the clean food movement?

The topic means something a little different to everyone, but these principal generally shared among those that try to eat “clean” is the desire to eat whole, unprocessed natural foods as close to the natural and original state as possible. For example, whole wheat instead of processed white bread, honey and maple syrup instead of white or brown sugar,  whole milk instead of 2% since there is added milk powder in the reduced fat milks to make them look and taste better. Food dye and anything made in a laboratory is generally avoided. Meat is included in this diet and fat is not restricted. The idea is to eliminate toxins and additives that are questionable in their ability to harm the body and mind and add in foods rich in natures vitamins and minerals that keep us thriving.

What is the paleo diet?

Paleo is the desire to eat foods that our cave-people ancestors may have had access to. It is a similar movement to the clean food movement, with more restrictions.  Paleo diet does not allow ANY grains, dairy, soy, or legumes (including peanut butter which is technically a bean.) Some paleo resources will say to also limit eggs and fatty meats. The diet helps rapid weight loss and is popular among crossfit, weight trainers and body builders for its high vitamin and protein focus.

What is primal?

Primal and paleo are at times used interchangeably, but the prevailing wisdom is that the primal diet includes raw dairy, fermented soy, legumes, fatty meats or eggs in moderation in addition to the allowable foods in the paleo diet.

What is gluten-free?

Gluten-free is simply avoiding wheat in any form. This of course means breads and wheat cereals, but it also means avoiding things made in factories where wheat is processed. This is why gluten-free folks seek out specific gluten-free oats or other non-wheat grains since they are made in a different factory without any wheat or wheat byproducts.

What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

Veganism is the elimination of anything made with animal products including meat, fish, honey, eggs, some sugar (that is processed with animal bones,) and also wearing anything made from animals such as leather or wool. Vegetarianism is  the refusal of meat and fish.

What diet do you and your family follow?

My girls and I are working our way towards 90% whole food plant-based eating with an understanding that life sometimes gets in the way of our best intentions. We are always looking for fun vegetarian and vegan cuisine to include in our lives. We seek 90% WFPB food instead of 100% because I don’t want my girls kids to grow up feeling removed from other peoples traditions and cultures. I attempt to be flexible around holidays and special events and also occasionally have a craving that slips in under the radar.

How many kiddos do you have? Where do you live?

Charlotte is 8 and Josephine is 6. We live in Austin, TX and love love love it.

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