In a previous post, I talked about clean eating and explained what it meant and provided a guide on how to eat clean. Read all about it here.
I’ve now decided to do a series on eating clean. Our health is of utmost importance and what we put into our bodies will definitively affect our health. Therefore, I feel that this topic should be shared with you and, hopefully, you will find the inspiration to incorporate clean eating into your lifestyle.
What Is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is consuming whole foods which are near as possible to their natural state. In other words, it is eating only foods which have undergone minimal processes of refining, processing and handling, making them as close to their natural state as possible. It does not involve eating a specific amount of food or less of something, but being mindful of where the food comes from, its process and how you finally put it on your plate.
Nowadays, it is difficult to find foods which have not been refined or processed in some way. This becomes a challenge for clean eating enthusiasts. The rationale of clean eating emphasizes on raw food options such as fruits and vegetables while eliminating refined grains, sugars, salt and unhealthy fats and proteins.
Should You Be Eating Clean?
Anyone aspiring for a healthy diet should go for clean foods. Eating clean is very easy to follow and does not require any strenuous effort apart from being mindful of your food choices. Unlike dieting, you are not restricted to any specific amount of food and hence calories. You can eat as much as you would like to, or less for that matter. What is important is to ensure that you make healthy food choices by selecting foods that are not refined or processed. Choose foods which are as close to their natural and raw state as much as possible.
Clean eating comes with a whole load of health benefits that will help you change your life for the better. When you start eating clean, you make a decision to enjoy a longer healthier life, free from common ailments caused by chemicals found in most processed foods. You save yourself from medical bills as a result. On the other hand, filling your fridge with organic produce is definitely less expensive than eating out.
10 Reasons to Give Clean Eating a Try
What is it about clean eating that makes it so important, and why should anyone start eating clean? Here are ten reasons why you should join this growing health trend and start eating clean.
- You become more mindful
So many people eat in response to their cravings and appetite, but very few actually make the decision to eat consciously by selecting certain foods and ditching others. When it comes to clean eating, this is not the case. You will have to be mindful of what you decide to eat. Many processed foods that are man-made are unnatural and unhealthy. If you decide to eat clean, you will opt for natural foods which are not refined or processed. This makes you a more aware of your food choices and therefore ensures improvement in your eating habits.
- Improves your metabolism
Clean foods such as vegetables and fruits are good for boosting your metabolism. By avoiding sugary and processed foods that pile on the pounds, you will shed excess pounds. You are also likely to lose weight faster and effectively when eating clean as opposed to cheese, pasta, bread and other processed foods.
- Improves your skin and appearance
Do you want a glowing skin that is resistant to aging? Then clean eating will make you achieve this. Consuming sugary foods causes inflammation in the skin. Eating clean foods such as fruits and vegetables helps in reducing this inflammation. Clean eating prevents collagen in the skin from breaking down which would lead to fine lines and less glow.
- Improves your concentration
Do you want to stay sharp and focused? You might consider eating more whole foods and avoid too much sugar. Do you feel foggy and unfocused at times? Eating processed foods causes this because of high blood sugar which reduces your memory. Avoid anything sugary such as bottled salad dressing or your favorite piece of cake.
- You become more energized
Most clean foods such as fruits are guaranteed sources of instant energy whenever you feel weak or lacking energy. If you eat fruits for the afternoon, you are likely to overcome the afternoon slump and grogginess since high fiber fruits provide critical vitamins to keep you alert and energized.
- Saves you cents
One of the perks of eating clean foods is that, you will be able to save more inadvertently. You will not fall sick often and therefore you can scrape away medical bills and use the money elsewhere. It is cost-effective and you will be able to shop locally, being mindful about your budget and expenses. This reduces unnecessary use of money in buying spices, sugars and other refined, processed cost, so you save from all sides.
- You will sleep better
Sleep is part of the business of staying healthy, and eating the right things has a direct bearing to the quality of sleep that you get. If you want to sleep soundly, take out the caffeine, juices and replace them with evening fruits and salads. Sleep is vitally important for your health, so eat mindfully for better sleep.
- Reduces the risk for diabetes
Consuming too much sugar and processed junk food is the primary cause of diabetes. This multiplies your risk for diabetes and coupled with lack of exercise, there can be no way out. To avoid this menace, you have to make clean food choices by eliminating sugar or using healthier substitutes. For example, don’t go for flavored yogurt, choose plain yogurt and keep your body moving.
- Better mood and stronger body
Do you want to feel revitalized and energized all day long? Would you like to be happier and in a good mood? Studies show that you can accomplish this by eating less sugar. Eating clean has a direct relation to having better mood and a stronger body which is immune to diseases.
- Helps you lose weight
By boosting your metabolism and reducing your cravings, clean eating is a major boost for those looking to tone down and shed the excess pounds. If you shun processed, sugary and junk food, you will be on your way to avoiding weight gain and losing body fat.
Make a decision to change your eating habits. Opt for non-sugary, natural food options and start witnessing a positive change in your health and life in general.
Eating clean foods is more than just a dietary change; it will impact positively on your state of mind and physical well-being. Choose clean foods and start enjoying life in full gear!
Stay tuned for more on Clean Eating! Also, if you’d like to jumpstart your clean eating journey, be sure to signup for my free Clean Eating ECourse here!