A look at what clean eating is and why you should consider it.
Diet fads come and go, but rarely does a dietary plan linger successfully. The "eating clean" way of living has stood the test of time, even though many people are hearing about it for the first time now. Clean eating has been around since the idea of natural health food became so popular in the 1960s. With the surge of health fans working out at gyms and running regularly, eating clean has retained popularity and gained momentum. The benefits of eating clean are many. Review the eating clean benefits, and see if this type of dietary plan is right for you and your family.
What is eating clean? According to clean eating guru and author Tosca Rena, eating clean is the right way to eat. It is the way that humans would naturally be eating if the invention of mass-produced, processed food hadn’t occurred. Think back a hundred or more years ago. If it was eaten back then, it is probably on the eating clean dietary list.
What types of food are “clean”? The foods you can consume when eating clean are many and varied. Focusing on whole foods, consumed in as close to their natural state as possible, will keep you in line with eating clean. Produce, protein, whole grains, water, unsweetened teas and sparkling water can be consumed to satiety several times throughout the day. The theory is that your body will level out to its personal best weight (whether or not you need to gain or lose weight) simply by eating the clean way. There are no calories to count. Simply enjoy the clean foods and avoid the processed ones.
What are some benefits of clean eating? Many clean eating fans and experts have touted the positives of eating clean. Clean eating expert and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Clean” author Diane Welland states that these beneficial side effects include:
- Weight loss if necessary
- Weight gain if necessary
- Weight maintenance
- Lack of hunger and deprivation
- Blood sugar control
- Cholesterol control
- Increased energy
- Immune boost
- Better sleep
- Better mood
- Simple-to-follow plan
- Overall increase in health and vitality
- Improved appearance and healthy glow