No matter how busy life gets, one constant remains: we all have to eat. It is tempting to opt out of cooking and rely on a fast food resturant around the corner. However fast and convenient usually comes at the expense of our health, our most priceless resource. It's one thing for food to be served fast and tasteful, but it's another matter entirely to provide quality nutrition also.
Poor nutrition can lead to mood swings, hyperactivity, less productivity and obesity. Unlike many other medical conditions the cure for obesity is well known. An increase in exercise and dramatic change in daily eating habits has been shown to reduce a persons chance of developing chronic illnesses. Daily intake of high nutrient foods is the secret to optimal health and effective weight loss.
Clean eating does not mean deprivation but consuming high quality nutrient dense foods from each food group.
Remember clean eating is:
A lifestyle not a fad diet
Consuming whole, and minimally processed foods
Limiting or eliminating refined, high processed foods
Eating close to the earth
Why eat clean? Because, it naturally eliminates sources of unnecessary calories and chemicals such as additives, sugar and sodium.
Eating clean also increases food -based nutrients that are vital to bodily function and helps to rid your body of toxins and chemicals .
For some changing their diet to completely eating clean can be hard. Old habits are hard to break and building new ones can be frustrating. Start out by slowly ridding your pantry of processed and refined foods. If it's not readily available to you, you most likely wont eat it. Now remember you do not have to deprive yourself of these foods completely. The goal is to increase the amount of nutrient dense foods into your diet to lose fat and gain optimal health.
The next thing to change is how you shop for groceries. Making a list will help you shop smarter, save money, and spend less time in the grocery store. Choose whole, natural foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and farm fresh eggs. As a general rule, you'll want to shop around the perimeter of the grocery store primarily. Try to avoid items that come in a box, bag, or can. Your unrefined foods such as brown rice, quinoa, sprouted bread, honey, maple syrup and stevia are exceptions. When shopping for meats choose grass over grain fed and wild over pastured.
Remember this is a process. It may take you longer than others to adapt to the change. When you feel like giving up and giving in, think about the long term effects this will have on your life. A dollar spent today on healthy eating will save you $10 in medical bills down the road. Not only will you lose weight, you will sleep better, and feel better mentally physically and emotionally. Your energy levels will increase along with self-esteem. Don't wait until illness arises to decide to change. Start NOW!