This is a buzz phrase that drives me nuts. Eating clean has a different meaning depending on the source. If you follow a raw diet, there is an expert who will call that clean eating because your food has not been altered by cooking, pasturization, or perservatives. Having a paleo diet is considered clean eating. Being a vegan is looked upon as eating clean. Staying away from processed and frozen foods has also been categorized as clean eating.
So this year I have made a vow to continue eating clean. I will continue to wash my fruits and vegetables before I give them to my family to consume. I will cook my meats and fish at a high temperature to burn away all harmful bacteria so their food will be clean. If I drop something onto the floor, I will not pick it up and kiss it to God and scream, “Five second rule!” I will make sure my decades long habit of washing my hands before I eat will stay in place. And for eating out, I will make sure the restaurant has a clean bill of health from the health department. That’s my definition of clean eating.