Clean eating: some see it as a “trend” that will phase out, some see it as a New Year’s resolution too difficult to stick to. But if you’re an avocado toast-eating, spin class-taking millennial, you might be wondering how the heck to figure out these trending diets.

Many know at least something about how to “eat clean.” But with so much information floating around, how do you know which type of healthy eating is best for you, or what resources to turn to?

Now, I am not a dietitian/nutritionist, nor am I suggesting one type of eating over the other. But I do know the staff meeting donuts and the office Starbucks runs don’t fall into the “clean eating” category.

Warning: If you choose to give one of these clean eating diets a chance, make sure you are prepared to spend a lot of time meal prepping and being known around the office as the Tupperware lady.

I have broken down four popular diets and lifestyles out there today that are very similar in nature. I’ve listed a few health benefits and resources to help you with your research as well. Read on to learn more about clean eating.

 

Paleo

What is it?

Think of Paleo as living like a caveman – living off of foods the land provided. Queue Land Before Time soundtrack. It is to eat whole foods that fuel your body properly and avoid processed foods that either man created or tampered with. This type of eating goes against conventional rules that we have been taught ever since the food pyramid in elementary school. It’s actually quite the opposite, making fruits, vegetables and meats the primary source of fuel, rather than grains and dairy.

Blogs

Mark’s Daily Apple

Balanced Bites

Nom Nom Paleo

Books

The Primal Blueprint

Practical Paleo

Health Benefits

According to Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, eating Paleo improves digestion and stabilizes blood sugar, which are the two root causes of most diet-related health problems. Other benefits of eating Paleo include improved heart health, fat loss, digestive regularity and increased energy levels, to name a few.

 

Ketogenic

What is it?

According to Mark Sisson, author and founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, Keto is a state of metabolic efficiency where you are able to burn stored energy in the form of body fat and ketones.

Now you might be thinking “What did I just read?!”

To put it simply, going “Keto” requires eating high amounts of fat, moderate amounts of protein and low amounts of carbs, similar to Paleo. It also incorporates small periods of fasting.

Blogs

The Keto Diet Blog

KetoConnect

Books

The Keto Reset Diet

Simply Keto

Health Benefits

Mark Sisson also writes in his book, The Keto Reset Diet, that ketones deliver an anti-inflammatory effect that has been found to help more than prescription drugs. This type of eating will help your body avoid chronic diseases, increase regularity and fat loss and improve overall health.

 

Whole30

What is it?

The Whole30 Diet is exactly how it sounds – eat whole foods for 30 days. However, if you want this to be a lifestyle, it will have to last longer than 30 days. According to Melissa Hartwig, certified sports nutritionist and founder of The Whole30, you must eat moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables; some fruit; plenty of natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings.

Blogs

Whole30 Blog

Olive You Whole

Books

The Whole30 CookBook

The Whole30 Fast & Easy CookBook

Food Freedom Forever

Health Benefits

A lot of emphasis is put on how food is impacting your body, such as allergies, blood sugar, chronic pain and skin issues. Melissa Hartwig explains that eliminating foods that are processed and not whole could help you find what is irritating your body. Additional benefits include improved digestive system and stabilized blood sugar.

 

Alkaline

What is it?

Alkaline might be less popular among the younger crowd; however, there are some serious benefits to incorporating this type of eating. According to Ross Bridgeford, owner of Live Energized, eating alkaline means avoiding acid-forming foods. He says the best alkaline foods include vegetables, leaves, nuts, seeds, healthy oils and fats, and oily fish.

Blogs

Live Energized

Essential Alkaline Diet Cookbook

Books

Alkaline Diet Recipe Book

The Alkaline Diet for Beginners

Health Benefits

Energy and vitality are the main benefits to eating alkaline. Other benefits include improved digestive and immune systems.

Now that you know a little more about each of these clean eating diets, we want to know what you think! What healthy eating habits do you follow?

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Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual and decisions to move forward with a dietary lifestyle based on this post is up to the discretion of the reader.

 

Donna

Donna

I’m Donna and I specialize in public relations. Although my bachelor’s degree is in business marketing, I found myself pursuing PR and love it. Outside of work, I enjoy visiting new places whenever I can – the beach, the mountains, small towns or big cities. Finding ways to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle has become a recent passion of mine, although sometimes pizza prevails. I love to spend time with my dog, fiancé, family and friends, preferably with a good Cabernet in my hand.

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