Ok, so here’s the thing. “Clean eating” can be quite subjective. You will find many variations of it, and wonder which one is correct. I personally think that some of the choices are up to the person and what they want in their life.

Some refuse pasta of any kind. Some allow organic, whole grain pastas. Some exclude rice. Some allow organic rice. Some don’t allow pork. Some don’t allow dairy. It really depends on what you prefer.

I personally land on the loose end of clean eating. I want to eat clean mostly, but I also live in my real life with three kids and a job. I love heavy whipping cream in my coffee, and it’s quite possible that I will never give that up. My kids love milk. So I buy the best I can in the store, which is whole and organic. (Raw milk is illegal in our state) I purchase organic coffee and organic peanut butter. Both are more expensive, but these two products are heavily treated with pesticides if not organic. It currently isn’t feasible for our budget to purchase all raw and organic groceries, so I make the choice to get it where I feel it counts the most.

So when I call a recipe “clean,” you will only find unrefined ingredients.

You will find a good many organic ingredients, but that won’t always be the case. You will find dairy at times. You will not find preservatives, which are in many of our store’s packaged ingredients. You will find recipes that are family approved. (I personally can make myself eat just about anything, but this isn’t true for the rest of my crew).

Here’s to mostly eating clean, with a few good comfort meals along the way!


Rachel is a Postpartum Nurse of 15+ years. She is also a Spinning Babies® CPE, Childbirth Educator, Published Author, and Recipe Creator. Rachel's passion is to encourage and empower women in all things related to motherhood.

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