The clean eating diet is very simple, cut out processed and refined foods and eat whole foods.
I strongly dislike (ok, hate) the word diet. To me clean eating needs to be a lifestyle choice not a diet. A diet is temporary. I don't know about you but I want something that is better for me to be a permanent change in my life not just the next fad diet.
Making the change to a clean lifestyle means eating mainly grass fed raised meats, eggs, fish, organic fruits and veggies, fungi, roots, nuts and seeds. You will also be eating natural sugars such as, raw honey and pure maple syrup. For oils use olive oil, natural butter and coconut oil. Replace white flours with whole grain flour, almond flour, coconut flour and flax seed. Basically you want to stay away from anything processed.
Eating clean can be expensive. Trust me, I know. We are a one income household. Having a family on an E4 soldier pay grade is not easy, but we make it work. I'm here to tell you it is possible. Try shopping at local markets, farm stands and farms. They will most likely have cheaper clean friendly foods. If you live in the city and don't have access to those places then go around to different food stores and price their items, don't be limited to just one store. Keep track of when their sales are. Most grocery stores will a meat of the week sale.
If you are just starting out with this lifestyle then replace items slowly rather than all out once to keep the cost down. When you run out of milk replace it with almond milk, when you are out of sugar buy some raw honey, the flour is gone go pick up some coconut flour. You can also shop online. We currently are stationed in South Korea and don't have many organic options at the commissaries here. My go to website is Vitacost.com. They have amazing prices and many weekly deals. I buy my almond flour, chia seeds, raw honey and organic cleaning products from them.
Not only is this a clean eating friendly home but it is also a chemical free home. No harsh chemicals here. I will either make all of our cleaning products or I will buy them organic.
Organic, pure, raw, natural and fresh are all key words to living a clean lifestyle. Make them apart of your every day life. I promise you will never want to go back to before you made the switch.