Clean eating is the diet du jour, and it can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. Eating clean is deceptively simple; eat natural, whole foods and avoid processed, refined foods. By eating healthier food and packing in as many nutrients as you can, you’ll look and feel better in mind and body. Here’s what it can do for you:
Clean eating isn’t as simple as ‘burn more calories than you eat’. Instead, you should focus on the quality of the food. For example, 100g of almonds is high in calories, however, other than fat, there is nothing else the body needs to process, and the food can be burned quickly. 100g of milk chocolate, on the other hand, contains far fewer calories but it’s also packed with fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbs and sugar, most of which is difficult for the body to process, and stores fat on your body.
Get better looking
The clean eating diet increases your intake of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which means that you’ll have stronger, shinier hair and nails. That new haircut will look even better after being on this diet! You’ll also cut your dental bills – eliminating sugary foods cuts the risk of developing cavities, and a healthy diet is a major contributor to a better smile.
Reduced risk of disease
Eating non-processed foods will help to reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and stroke.
Have more energy
You’ll kick start your day with foods that are packed with energy, leaving you feeling fuller for longer, and meaning you don’t get that post-food slump.
Diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish, walnuts and flaxseed oil, have been known to alleviate symptoms of depression and help reduce mood swings. B vitamins found in poultry, eggs, vegetables and whole cereals also give you a boost of the feel-good chemicals, dopamine (which controls movement, motivation and reward) and serotonin (which reduces anxiety, increases happiness and stabilises your mood).
Follow the clean eating philosophy and get that health boost you've been needing to get 2017 off to the best start yet.