Are you tired of the list of unreadable ingredients in the food you buy in the store every week? Too many antibiotics in your meat, GMOs in your corn, nitrates in processed meats, sugar and hydrogenated oils and dyes in just about everything that comes in a can, a box or a package?
How can “clean eating” benefit your health? Clean eating means eliminating anything that is processed, canned, boxed or fast food from your diet. It means putting an emphasis on fresh foods, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits. For most Americans, this is a shift in not just what you eat but how you think about food and your diet. It is a lifestyle shift.
It is a lifestyle that allows for many choices and never forces you to eat something you don’t like. There is a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from so if you hate Brussels sprouts try fresh green beans. If asparagus is not your favorite, just choose broccoli or cauliflower. Not a fan of oranges – have peach, an apple or a pear. There are so many choices that you should never get bored with your new lifestyle.
Of course, organic chicken and lean meats from local farmers are great choices but don’t forget to try tilapia, wild salmon, catfish and some vegetarian choices. Cook with and flavor salads with first press extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil or avocado oil.
Give up the boxed cereals and instant oatmeal as well as the fast food breakfasts in favor of home cooked eggs and bacon, steel-cut and rolled oats.
There are so many benefits from this type of home cooked from scratch diet. A few of these includes:
• Weight loss or weight gain, whatever is needed.
• Excellent blood sugar control and less Type 2 diabetes.
• Much better energy and stamina, including athletic performance.
• Good cholesterol control and less heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes or Alzheimer’s disease.
• Less cancer of all kinds.
• Improved immune system – less illness of all kinds.
• Improved sleep. Studies have shown that eating fresh fruits before going to sleep improves your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
• Improved skin and appearance
• Improved mood, sense of well-being, happiness and creativity. All your senses and brain activity can fire at full throttle with clean eating. Recent studies in New Zealand with over 300 young people verified these findings.
For the best results go all in with clean foods, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and just to be sure purchase as much of your food supplies locally and as close to their harvesting as possible. Remember this is a lifestyle, not a diet. This is a lifestyle for cooking as much as you want or finding ways to cook as little as possible and still eat clean.
There are many places to find assistance in making this lifestyle change. There are books, videos, websites, recipes and blogs available online and at book suppliers. If you are ready there is as much help out there as anyone might need. Go for it.