There is an old saying that has been passed down from generation to generation that is often spouted from parents towards children on a daily basis: You are what you eat. Naturally they don’t mean that if you eat a slice of pizza, you’re going to suddenly transform into a giant walking pepperoni, but the concept stands tested and true. If you eat a lot of food that is terrible for you, sooner or later your body and mind will start to reflect your food choices.
That’s where Clean Eating comes into play. As early as the 1960’s in the United States, health food stores started to show up around the country promoting healthier choices and alternatives to the standard diets of heavy red meats with very little vegetables or fruits. Thankfully Clean Eating has come a long way in the modern age and no longer consists of sucking down wheatgrass drinks day in and day out. But ease of access aside, why should you join in on the Clean Eating movement?
The answer is as simple as feeling better and feeling better about yourself! By eating healthier foods that are just all around better for you, you’ll start to boost your immune system so that you can stave off colds and infections that would otherwise bog your body down and force you into misery. Not only that, but you’ll lose weight after shedding all those empty calories from your diet. Another great benefit to the Clean Eating movement is the fact that most clean foods help protect the planet by relying on greener and more sustainable food sources. Buying organic and local foods can not only help you feel better about your diet, but it can help you feel like you’re actually making a change in the world for the better.
Clean Eating can be a big switch for people that aren’t used to it, but by following a few simple steps you can join in on the wonderful world of healthy food without much effort at all:
First off, you’ll want to shift your focus from processed foods to whole foods which will help sate your hunger without all the empty calories and chemical additives that most processed foods have. For instance, instead of snacking on a cereal bar or pop tart in the morning, switch over to some fresh fruit instead.
Speaking of fruit, adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet is a great step towards a cleaner living. Not only should the vast majority of your daily intake include fruit and vegetables, it isn’t a terrible idea to start shifting your sides away from fries and such to a nice fresh salad or vegetable soup.
You’ll also want to make sure you stick to healthier fats. That’s right, not all fat is bad for you! The human body needs a certain amount to stay healthy and fit, but it’s important to know which fats to eat. Good fats come from things like tofu, nuts, and fatty fish like salmon. Bad fats come from things like butter, cheese, and cheap cuts of red meat.
Protein is another very important part of the Clean Eating lifestyle, but it is vital that you spread your protein around your day instead of just sitting down to a giant steak at dinner. The body breaks protein down at a much better rate if you spread it throughout your day in smaller portions. By simply adding a side of beans or a nice lean meat to your lunch and having a smaller portion of protein rich food for dinner, you can help your body process all that energy in a much better way without really changing too much of your diet.
The last very important step for your body to stay healthy from Clean Eating is to monitor your drink intake. Alcohol is often loaded with massive amounts of calories that you just really don’t need, and is often as terrible for you as a glass of soda. Naturally you don’t have to stop drinking altogether, simply keep it at a reasonable level. And of course, a single glass of red wine can provide wonderful health benefits.
So there you have it, simply follow those simple introductory steps to Clean Eating and remember to stay hydrated! A brand new world of healthy mind and body awaits you!