What is Clean Eating and Why Should You Bother?
If you keep reading, you will learn: What clean eating is, what it does to your body, and how it will help improve not just your health but your everyday life. With clean eating, you won’t be bogged down by additives or processed foods. You will notice both your mind and your body functioning better and you will FEEL better!
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What is Clean Eating?
The term “clean” refers to eating whole, unprocessed food. It does not include the complicated details of eating more protein and reducing carbs. It simply suggests that you avoid highly refined foods and try to eat more whole foods and unprocessed products. Although it is unrealistic to completely eliminate processed foods, you can reduce them. Try to eat more whole and fresh foods than packaged ones.
Why Eat Clean?
Highly processed foods are extremely detrimental to our health and are associated with numerous health issues. Some have even been linked to an increased risk of infertility and cancer. These foods contain additives that increase the production of dopamine, making your body crave more and more junk food. You become addicted to junk food, and that can result in disastrous health issues. The worst part is, these foods lack essential nutrients that are required for maintaining good health and the proper functioning.
A Few Advantages of Clean Eating
• Sweets, processed foods, and other refined products can cause blood sugar spikes, followed by fatigue. Clean eating promotes steady blood sugar levels.
• It nourishes your body and makes you more productive and energetic.
• Clean eating has a long-term positive impact on your health and overall well-being.
• A clean diet improves mental health. Increased intake of nutrients like vitamin B-6 and omega 3 fatty acids support better brain functioning.
• Consumption of better and healthier food contributes to better quality sleep. Better sleep improves all functions of your body and mind.
• Clean eating improves athletic performance, boosts recovery, and helps build muscle.
How to Eat Clean
Once you understand what clean eating is, you can easily learn how to succeed when it comes to shopping and cooking clean.
Not everything can be eaten in raw form. You cannot rely totally on veggies and fruits. Avoid foods containing artificial colors and flavors. The foods that you choose should have known, recognizable, and readable labels and ingredients. Think carefully about how much foods have been processed before making the final purchase. Take the time to read labels and avoid shopping in a hurry or when hungry. Swap out unhealthy, processed products for whole, unprocessed foods. Once you identify these foods, your grocery shopping will be a breeze.
While cooking, remember not to use unhealthy oil or fats. Keep it as light as you can with extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Avoid deep-frying and cook for as little time as possible to maintain the integrity of your produce. Opt for stir-frying and steaming when possible. These two methods will allow you to get the maximum nutrition from your meal.
Clean eating is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. For a full day of clean eating recipes including a morning elixir, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas, you can download A Day of Clean Eating Recipes for free here.
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