Designer Food: Eat Clean, Go Organic

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha

Happy New Year! I am going to be starting my 21-day Total Body Reboot on January 10, and I have been getting lots of questions about what exactly are clean foods. The short answer is that clean foods are organic foods (no pesticides or genetic modification) that are grown and not manipulated or processed. Clean food is in its most natural state. It is humanely raised meats that are pasture-raised and grass-fed without antibiotics. Clean foods are not manufactured in a lab, injected with preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, and stuffed into boxes and bags. They are clean, organic, natural fruits, vegetables, and grains that grow out of the ground.

I know, I know organic food can be expensive. It is definitely more expensive then conventionally grown foods that are riddled with chemicals. But the last time I checked, your food goes into your body. Like actually, inside of your body. And if you can't be picky about what goes into your body, what can you be picky about. Simply put, food ensures that our bodies stay alive and active. It builds new cells and tissues for growth and prevents and fight infections. The better the quality and variety of the clean foods you eat, the healthier your body will be. Period. So before you splurge on another pair of designer jeans, maybe, just maybe, you can go organic instead. Your body will thank you.

Now that you are convinced to eat organic, here is a list of all of the foods that you should eat.  If it isn't on this list, you shouldn't be eating it. :-)

Lean proteins

Poultry (Opt for organic, free Range, Antibiotic Free)

  • Eggs
  • Extra lean ground turkey
  • Turkey
  • Chicken

Fish/Shellfish (Opt for Wild Caught) 

  • Ahi tuna Limit, mercury
  • Cod
  • Corvina
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper
  • Halibut
  • Mahi mahi
  • Orange ruffy Limit, mercury
  • Red snapper
  • Soul
  • Swordfish Limit, mercury
  • Tilapia (Avoid if farmed raised)
  • Shellfish
  • Scallops

Read Meat (Eat Sparingly):

  • Bison
  • Game meat
  • London broil
  • Pork chops
  • Top round

Fatty proteins:

  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Bluefin tuna
  • Bluefish
  • Cashews
  • Coconut
  • Mackerel Limit, mercury
  • Mussels
  • Nut meal/flour
  • Peanut butter (All natural)
  • Salmon
  • Sea bass
  • Seeds
  • Trout
  • Walnut

Fruits

Melons

  • Honeydew
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon

Sub acid (low cal):

  • Apple
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Guava
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pear
  • Raspberry

Acid (high water content, low cal):

  • Grapefruit
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Passionfruit
  • Persimmon
  • Strawberry
  • Tangerine
  • Tomato

High Cal Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Banana
  • Grapes
  • Date
  • Fig
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Plum
  • Prunes
  • Raisins

Fruits used as vegetables:

  • Avocado
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Wintermelon
  • Zucchini

Vegetables

Flower bud:

  • Artichoke
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

Seeds:

  • Beans

Leaves:

  • Arugula
  • Beet Greens
  • Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Collard Greens
  • Endive
  • Garlic Chives
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Turnip Greens
  • Watercress

Leaf sheaths:

  • Leek

Buds:

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Capers

Stems:

  • Kohlrabi

Stems of leaves:

  • Celery
  • Lemon Grass
  • Rhubarb

Stem shoots:

  • Asparagus
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Ginger

Tubers:

  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Potatoes
  • Taro

Whole-plant sprouts:

  • Alfalfa
  • Mung Beans
  • Soybean

Roots:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Turnips

Bulbs:

  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Garlic

Legumes:

  • Green beans
  • Lentils
  • Snow peas
  • Soybean

Carbs/Starches

Whole Grains

  • Barley
  • Brown Rice
  • Cream Of Wheat/Rice Or Rye
  • Ezekial Bread (Food For Life)
  • Oats
  • Rice Cakes

Starches

  • Adzuki
  • Black Beans
  • Chickpea
  • Couscous
  • Farro
  • Kidney
  • Lentils
  • Mung
  • Navy
  • Pinto
  • Potato (White, Occasionally)
  • Quinoa
  • Sweet Potato
  • White Beans
  • Whole Wheat Pasta

Legumes:

  • Green beans
  • Lentils
  • Snow peas
  • Soybean

Other Foods

Oils (Use sparingly):

  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Pumpkin seed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Avocado oil

Flours:

  • Chickpea flour
  • Oat flour
  • Quinoa flour
  • Rice flour
  • Spelt flour
  • Wheat flour

 Superfoods

  • Cacao
  • Chia
  • Flax
  • Goji
  • Spirulina

Condiments

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Balsamic or Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Broth Low sodium fat free beef, vegetable, and chicken
  • Champagne Vinegar
  • Chili Paste
  • Fat free cooking spray
  • Herb Pastes (ginger, garlic, cilantro, etc)
  • Hot sauce or Chalula
  • Ketchup (Wholefoods Organic)
  • Kim Chee
  • Mustard Yellow or dijon
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Reduced Sodium Teriyaki sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Salsa or Fresh Pico de gallo Tomatillo or Regular
  • Sauerkraut
  • Steak sauce (low sugar)
  • Tempeh
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • White Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce (no high fructose corn syrup)

Miscellaneous

  • Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • Coffee
  • Dry Herbs
  • Herbamere Seasoning Salt
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Tea
  • Vanilla and Almond extract