What exactly is clean eating? It means you cook and eat wholesome unprocessed meals with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and some good fats. Simple, right?
Clean eating can be considered a lifestyle; it’s definitely not a diet. You might ask yourself why would you begin this lifestyle? There is a long list of reasons why you should opt for the clean eating lifestyle. Most importantly, your health and wellbeing. In order to change, you need to re-educate your mind, taste buds, cooking skills as well as your body – to respond accordingly to real, unrefined foods.
In general, leaving out processed foods means a little more preparation and cooking from scratch on your part, but it does not mean you cannot enjoy your favourites but… you can eat it if you’ve made it. This is something you will get used to, and even begin to enjoy at some point - the sky is the limit with what you can make for yourself with fresh, 'real' food and ingredients.
How can you tell if a food is processed? Just look at the label! If the ingredients list has more than 4 ingredients, it can be counted as processed. Aim for fresh, food label free – ingredients instead. Focus on buying lots of veggies, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains that you can prepare your meals from. Once you have these basic staples sorted out and you know how to make yourself lunch, dinner and snacks for a week without resorting to anything ready-made or processed, you know you have passed the biggest hurdle.
By creating these new habits, you will gain a lifelong, healthy and inspiring way of living that will be worth it in every way. By cutting out all processed foods, you will improve your wellbeing! You might notice improvement in quality and quantity of sleep, brain function, better moods, glowing skin and improved energy levels and more energy to be active. To list a few things.
Very processed foods carry lots of chemicals; very little nutrients yet are often extremely calorie rich regardless. Your body has to process all these chemicals, preservatives and excess salt and sugar. This takes a toll on the whole digestive system and supporting organs. This chemical load can slow you down, drain your energy, dull your skin and wreck havoc on your sleep. Clean eating is not a quick fix, a diet or a trend wagon that you need to hop on for the sake of being on it. You need to be on it to improve your quality of life, the environment and your future.
If you want to learn more, don't hesitate to contact Taru at firstname.lastname@example.org. She focuses on creating new sustainable, inspiring and healthy lifestyles for her clients and offers unwavering support along the way.