Have you noticed that time moves faster as you get older? At least it seems that way to me. I was planning to publish this post several days ago — but like the poet said, “best-laid plans of mice and men…”
Since my unplanned visit to the hospital, several things besides my schedule have changed. The most amazing change has been the results of changing my diet. I’ve started eating “clean”. That means I’m following the American Heart Association’s Heart Healthy Diet which excludes or limits the usual suspects — salt, sugar, oils, processed foods, etc. I am finally starting to feel much better and I’m finally shedding that dang belly fat I’ve been packing around. This short article tells the story:
5 Almost Instant Benefits of Eating Clean
Clean eating is gaining a lot of attention as people look for new ways to lead a healthier life. Clean eating is simple, yet so many people get it wrong. In basic terms, the goal of clean eating is to consume whole foods that are minimally processed, refined or come from a natural source. It challenges us to choose more fruits and vegetables as well as foods that are free of additives and preservatives and choose foods that are of nature.
What Makes Processed Foods Bad?
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 (MedlinePlus).
What Happens When We Eat Clean?
Several things start to happen to your body the moment you decide to eat clean. 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 begin to occur in a matter of just two or three weeks. Clean eating is not just another diet plan, scheme or fad. Clean eating is a way of life that is pulling in followers by the thousands.
Here are five almost instant benefits of eating clean.
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.
Mood Swing for the Better
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.
Improved Sleep Experience
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.
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.
Great Skin Health
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 a clean. Remember to start small and aim big. Try clean eating for yourself and start making changes today. You are bound to see immediate changes in your mind, body, and spirit for the better.
I have a free report called “101 Clean Eating Tips” that you can download here. It is my gift to you.