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3 Reasons to Start Eating Clean

Who doesn’t love pizza, cake, cookies, chips, and ice cream? Giving up your favorite junk food is not easy, which can make clean eating a challenge. As a rule, everyone who thinks about eating clean needs a little extra motivation to finally make the switch.

There are three very good reasons to start eating clean.

1. You Feel Better

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This is a no-brainer. The basic premise of clean eating is to eat only close-to-nature, un-processed foods that are good for you, which means NOT EATING empty-calorie, additive-filled, high-fat and sugary foods (fast foods and junk food).

It is definitely not easy, especially if you have been eating badly for a long time. BUT- I guarantee you will see results almost immediately if you are truly committed to the process.

In a short time you will start to feel better and have a lot more energy all day long. Plus, there is a good chance you will start sleeping better and waking up rested. It won’t be long until you no longer have  to rely on those three cups of coffee to get you going each morning.

The reason is simple – you will be giving your body the nutrients it needs to run efficiently and effectively as it was meant to do. Instead of creating a sugar and/or caffeine high and being forced to deal with the subsequent crash, you will be getting what you need to feel great and have as much energy as that Energizer Bunny all day long.

2. You Look Better

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Image by Dmitriy Shironosov

Real, fresh food without additives provides the vitamins, minerals and other micro nutrients than are required for good health and great physical appearance. You may be surprised to see thicker, shinier hair and clearer, firmer skin in just a few months.

Processed foods are designed to trigger eating habits that far exceed what our bodies need (so people overeat). Plus, many of the nutrients have been stripped and your body remains undernourished – and feeling hungry.  It is no wonder that many people in the United States and other First-World countries are overweight.

Returning to our roots and establishing a more natural way of eating will help you lose the extra pounds you have been carrying around. You will look better, feel better and become much healthier all at the same time. The last point being the most important.

3. You Set an Example for Others

When you eat well and feel well, everyone around you benefits – especially those you love.

When you eat well and keep good, healthy foods in your pantry and fridge, it is much easier for your spouse and children to do the same. They are much more likely to grab a healthy snack when you lead by example.

Think about the amazing impact you can have on your family. You will not only benefit yourself and ensure that you stay healthy and with them for a long time to come, you will also be influencing them to make healthy choices now and over the long-haul.

That should be a powerful motivator for you to begin your clean-eating diet now – and continue it for the rest of  your life.

Start today and enjoy the benefits for yourself and your loved ones. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is and how great real food tastes.

 

Clean Eating Diet – What Is it?

A Clean Diet Is a Healthier Diet

A clean eating diet focuses on foods primarily in their natural state – or as close to nature as possible and rarely, if ever, includes processed foods.

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It is not one of the latest and greatest weight loss programs – in fact, it is not about weight loss at all (although that can be a nice side benefit). It is a way of eating – a way of life.

A clean eating diet is comprised of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and gains in their most natural, unprocessed form.

Instead of eating white flour, refined sugar, and fatty foods like pizza, white pasta and breads, candy, chips, doughnuts, and fried chicken, switch to clean diet meals filled with heaping mounds of steamed fresh vegetables,  grilled chicken, fish or free-range meat, omelets from “cage-free” eggs, homemade chili, baked potatoes (white or sweet), crisp side salads and fresh fruit.

Essentially, it is making a choice to eat the way we did before fast food establishments were built on every corner and grocery store shelves were packed with convenience foods such as “quick and easy” ready-to-serve dinners made up of heavily processed ingredients.

Clean eating is a diet of “close-to-nature” foods that still contain their full nutritional value. In addition to being fresh and nutritious, they are not loaded with preservatives, additives, and flavor enhancers.

Levels of “Clean”

There are degrees of “clean.” The level you choose is up to you. Any step in the direction of clean is a positive step.

Some advocates of clean eating insist that the only way to go is complete avoidance of all processed foods. Others are more lenient and continue to enjoy butter, cheese, cured meats and cultured vegetables like sauerkraut.

How far you take it is up to you. Cleaning up your diet even a little is a wise choice. For example: Choosing to eliminate all fast foods – or refined sugar products – or making it a habit to prepare fresh dinner meals for your family five nights a week – are all good steps in the right direction.

Prepare plenty of raw or cooked fresh vegetables. Prepare brown rice, quinoa, or bake potatoes and grill your favorite fish or chicken pieces. Finish the meal with a little fruit and cheese for dessert. It is fairly easy to find three or four go-to dishes your family enjoys and build your weekly meals around those dishes.

“Clean” Snacks

It is nearly impossible to find healthy snacks that fit your clean diet when you are out and about; so, be sure to have fresh or dried fruit (w/o preservatives), seeds, or nuts handy for emergency snacking.

Filtered Drinking WaterBe sure to keep your body well-hydrated. Water is by far the best choice – so keep plenty of bottles available at home (and in the car). Herbal teas are next in line of preference, and finally if you must, drink black coffee – but limit it to no more than two cups a day and be careful with the sweeteners and creamers. If you must use them, try Stevia and real cream.

It May Take Some Time to Change

If you have been eating a regular diet of processed and fast foods loaded with sugar, fats, additives, and flavor enhancers, getting used to the taste of real natural foods may take some time.

Once your taste buds adjust, you will be pleasantly surprised by how delicious real natural foods are. The best part is that you will be on the road to better health and your body will thank you for the change to clean eating. It will not have to work so hard to keep you feeling your best.