One major culprit of the growing obesity epidemic is our increased reliance on processed foods. Many people eat a diet containing very few whole foods. What is a “whole” food? It means as close to its natural state as possible.
Food manufacturers add chemicals and preservatives to our food to give them a longer shelf life. This takes a food item farther and farther away from its natural state, removing nutrients our bodies need.
Eating processed food means we are hungry all the time, because our body is desperately seeking those nutrients that have been removed.
How do you know if a food is “processed?” Look at the ingredient list. The more ingredients, the worse the food. If you can’t pronounce more than one or two of them, don’t eat it!
Clean eating is all about eating natural, whole foods as much as possible. It means very little of what you eat comes out of a package. A clean diet is made up of things like eggs, whole grains, lean meats, poultry, nuts, and many many vegetables and fruits.
When you eat clean your body gets the much needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients it needs to perform its best. You sleep better, have more energy, fewer digestive issues, your skin and hair looks better. It may mean more trips to the grocery store, but it is definitely worth it.