THE DOWN AND DIRTY ON CLEAN EATING
Does it seem like everywhere you turn, someone is talking about clean eating?
So what does “clean eating” actually mean? (and no, it doesn’t mean eating food that has been in the washing machine!)
Clean eating is all about where your food comes from and how it’s grown. It’s about eating whole, natural food and the reduction or elimination of processed and refined food from your diet.
Clean eating may sound easy to do, but with the convenience of fast food, and supermarkets offering so many processed options and unhealthy foods that don’t need any preparation, temptation is hard to resist. Is clean eating really worth the extra money and sometimes the extra preparation time?
In one word – YES, and it can actually be quite simple to do too!
By eating raw, organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats you’ll feel the benefits far beyond just weight loss. Eating clean promotes natural cleansing in your body and supports liver function. Simply put, the less “junk” clogging up your system, the less your body (and specifically your liver) has to work to eliminate waste and toxins in your body.
When you eat clean, you improve how well your body systems function. This means more energy , a stronger immune system, improved mental clarity, clear skin and shiny hair.
When you clean up your insides, it shows on your outside!
If the benefits of eating clean don’t entice you, the downside of NOT eating clean will at least make you rethink your diet.
The implications and problems associated with eating processed and unnatural foods are enormous.
Processed foods are loaded with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have been linked to major health issues such as cancer, diabetes and infertility, to name just a few. Processed foods are also full of chemicals that have no nutrient value, and none of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function properly to help us be our very best.
So, are you ready to reset your health with clean eating?
I was after I learned about the consequences of not eating clean! I was so tired of feeling sick and tired, I knew I had to jump off the diet rollercoaster and get REAL with my food (pun intended).
Some general tips to remember when eating clean include: limit processed foods, cut down on saturated fats, eat lean meats, cut out refined grains, avoid sugars/artificial sweeteners, reduce or eliminate alcohol and tobacco and stay away from anything with too many ingredients or ingredients that you don’t recognise.
Clean eating also includes drinking more water and increasing fruit and veggie intake. Raw and organic produce are the best options to avoid those nasty pesticides that increase toxicity in the body when consumed.
Filling up on fruits and veggies also keeps you full so you will be less likely to binge on unhealthy foods.
Don’t be put off, though. If you follow the 80:20 rule (where you choose to eat healthy foods 80 per cent of the time and indulge in your favourite treats 20 per cent of the time) you’ll see the benefits of clean eating, without feeling deprived!