The goal of clean eating is to eat whole foods that are minimally processed and, instead, come from a natural source. This means that we commit to eating more whole fruits and vegetables as well as foods that are free of additives and preservatives and come from nature – not a bag, can or box.
What Happens When We Eat Clean?
Several things start to happen to your body the moment you decide to eat clean (see the 5 results, below). While the long-term effects can be momentous and life-changing like weight loss or the reversal of heart disease or type 2 diabetes, there are immediate changes that can begin to occur in a matter of just two or three weeks. No kidding!
Clean eating is NOT just another diet plan, scheme or fad. Clean eating is a way of life that improves your health. If you can’t wait to get started right away, here’s the cookbook I use to for the best clean eating recipes:
Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Easy All-Natural Recipes for Healthy Eating in the Real World..
Five (5) Instant Results From Eating Clean
1. Improve Your Energy
Surprisingly, one of the immediate changes you start to notice after eating clean for a few days is the boost in your energy levels. Thanks to the combination of whole grains, protein, and healthy fats, your body reaps the benefits of an even distribution of energy that can last for hours at a time. WebMD reports that your blood sugar becomes well-adjusted as a result of eating nutritious, timely meals. This action helps to reduce the number of spikes you sometimes experience eating processed foods.
2. Improve Your Mood
Clean eating is well-known for its ability to provide mental clarity and overall brain health in general. In addition to the fog lifting, you also start to experience a change in your mood. Thanks to omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, and improved regulation of brain chemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, followers of clean eating can fend off feelings of depression and anxiety.
3. Improve Your Sleep
According to Shape Magazine, another immediate benefit of clean eating is improved sleep experiences. Thanks to chemicals like tryptophan that naturally occur in foods like almonds, your body experiences a natural boost in the hormone melatonin which helps you to get much-needed sleep.
4. Improve Your Workouts
If you are looking to improve your workouts, clean eating can blaze a trail to improving your endurance, recovery time and build muscle according to researchers.
5. Improve Your Skin
You are what you eat –at least your skin thinks so. A diet that is rich in fruits and veggies contains just enough vitamins to improve the elasticity and vibrancy of your skin. Followers of clean eating report changes in their skin for the better in a matter of only six weeks.
These are just five almost instant benefits of eating clean. But, you might not be convinced.
So, What Makes Processed Foods Bad…you might ask.
Although some experts will tell you that processed foods are not necessarily a bad thing, because it removes bacteria and toxins and helps to preserve foods for a period of time, they are wrong for multiple reasons. Processed foods are low in fiber, low in nutrients, contain unhealthy fats, high amounts of sodium and sugar, high-fructose sugar, refined oils, and trans fats. Each of these qualities poses significant risks to our health including the dreaded heart disease, the risk of stroke, diabetes, obesity, and cancer to name a few.
|Still not convinced – I know, I know, giving up all those foods you are addicted to, is hard.
Learn more about how eating processed foods it making you FAT & what to do about it.
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