The Dirt On Eating Clean
Clean eating is all about being aware of the pathway your food had to go through from growth, to your plate. It is focused on the consumption of whole, or real food, and the reduction, or elimination, of processed or refined food from your diet.
Clean eating may sound easy to do, but with the temptation of the convenience of fast food, and modern grocery stores offering so many processed options and unhealthy foods that do not require any preparation, there is temptation at every turn.
So WHY is eating clean worth the hassle? Why should we eat clean? Is it really worth the extra money and sometimes the extra preparation time?
YES, and it can actually be quite simple to do!
When eating organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and good fats, the benefits go far beyond just weight loss. Eating “clean” promotes natural detoxification in the 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.
When you eat clean, you substantially improve how well your body functions. This translates into more energy and improved cognitive abilities, immune system functioning, mental state, skin, and hair.
The implications and problems associated with eating processed and unnatural foods are plentiful.
Processed foods are loaded with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs have been linked to several major health issues such as cancer, diabetes, and infertility to name a few. Processed foods are also full of chemicals that are void of nutrients, and are often stripped of good vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function properly and help us perform and be at our very best.
Some general tips to remember when eating clean include:
- Eliminating processed foods.
- Cutting down on saturated fat.
- Eating lean meats.
- Eliminating refined grains.
- Eliminating sugars and artificial sweeteners.
- Reducing, or eliminating, alcohol.
- Eliminating consumption.
- Avoiding anything that you do not recognize as real food.
Clean eating also includes drinking more water and increasing fruit and veggie intake. Raw and organic produce are the best options for avoiding pesticides. Filling up on fruits and veggies also help to “crowd-out” the foods that do not support your health goals. It also helps to keep you feeling full so that you will be less likely to binge on unhealthy foods.