Day 6: How does eating clean help your body?


So after nearly a week of trying to eat clean, finding clean eating recipes, and buying clean food I wanted to know how eating clean helps my body.  Enter Google.

Thankfully I found a few great sources of information.

What you eat really does have an effect on how you feel. Eating whole foods and avoiding junk food — a clean eating lifestyle — can keep you healthy or help you regain your health if you haven’t been well. Follow these precepts and you will have a better chance at living an active life:

  • It’s easier to maintain a healthy weight, which reduces the risk of several diseases.
  • Eating a good variety of foods ensures you get adequate amounts of most essential nutrients.
  • Relying on whole foods is the best way to get a good combination of micronutrients.
  • Whole foods keep you satisfied longer so you’re less tempted by junk foods.
  • Foods high in micronutrients can help reduce cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar.
  • There are some nutrients we haven’t yet identified that are present in whole foods but not in supplements.
  • Whole foods help keep your digestive system regular.
  • Eating a healthy diet makes you stronger so you can stay more active.
  • Avoiding artificial ingredients keeps your cells strong so your body systems work efficiently.
  • If you feel good, you’re more likely to take care of yourself in other ways.

Source

There is a great interview on The Gracious Pantry with several athletes talk about the difference of eating clean for daily living and clean eating for fitness competition.  Great resource for finding out more about eating clean for training!

Check out this article on Fit watch about eating clean to lose weight.

The basics of eating clean are all over the internet.  And in books.  Also, eating clean isn’t just about eating.  It’s about making the right choices for your body.  Putting the food in it that it has been made to process.  Our bodies have evolved to process food so efficiently, but unfortunately the food industry/business has totally screwed us over by manipulating us into thinking that we need food to be fast, and convenient.  And that has made us lazy.  I think if we were able to migrate to a cleaner eating society we could change our children’s future.  Sadly we are setting our kids up to fail by encouraging that fast, junk-food eating, über convenient style of eating.

I highly recommend looking into clean eating, and trying one clean meal per day.

 

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