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Spring Clean Your Diet: An Introduction to Eating Clean

Spring Clean Your Diet: An Introduction to Eating Clean

What is clean eating? Eating clean is all about eating whole foods that nourish your body, rather than those that are highly processed. This means choosing healthy foods from each food group, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins and fats.

 

colourful fruits and vegetables

 

Eating clean is about trying to avoid foods with unhealthy fat, salt and sugar levels, as well as refined grains, preservatives and additives. You should ideally choose foods with shorter ingredients lists rather than ones that never end and consist of long, largely unheard-of ingredients.

 

Clean eating should also be seen as a style of eating, rather than a fad diet, as it encourages you to eat good quality whole foods and doesn’t dictate when or how much you should eat.

 

Changing your eating habits to revolve around whole foods can help you to fill your body with plentiful vitamins, minerals, high-quality protein and good fats.

 

Why is Eating Clean Important?

 

We believe that extraordinary food powers extraordinary health and that our bodies are created to eat, process and derive nutrition from real, healthy food. This means you should focus on foods that can enrich your body with important vitamins, minerals and fats.

 

healthy proteins and vegetables

 

A clean diet also means you’ll know more about where your food comes from. If you’re eating highly processed foods with lots of pesticides, GMOs, preservatives and others, it can become almost impossible to track where these have come from.

 

A lack of traceability means a lack of understanding on what’s going into your body, so you’ll never really know if what you’re consuming is good or bad for you.

 

At Garden of Life, we pride ourselves on being able to trace all of our whole food ingredients back to the seed or source they came from, giving you greater reassurance over what you’re putting into your body when you choose our protein powders, multivitamins or microbiome supplements. Find out more about our commitment to traceability.

 

 

What are the Benefits of Eating Clean?

 

Consistently eating clean foods can help to nourish your body with important vitamins, minerals, high-quality proteins and healthy fats.

 

This can help you to look after your heart and support your immune system, and could see you less likely to crave unhealthy or sugary foods over time, meaning it may help with maintaining a healthy weight too.

 

What’s more, eating clean doesn’t just have benefits for your health, but also for the environment. We source our whole food ingredients from an approved network of farms, where we know the practices are ethical and the farm workers are treated well.

 

How to Start Eating Clean

 

Clean eating is all about making positive choices. Instead of jumping in at the deep end, start by challenging yourself to spend one day a week eating completely clean to see which foods you enjoy and monitor how your body responds.

 

colourful fresh fruit and veg

 

Start simple and stock up on your favourite fruit and veg. You can use these in smoothies, as snacks, or with your main meals – just make sure the fruits and veg you’re buying are organic rather than processed.

 

Whole grains such as quinoa, oats and wild rice are also a great option when eating clean. Remember that the list of ingredients should always be small for clean foods – for whole grains specifically, look out for ‘whole grains’ being the first ingredient.

 

Most importantly, try to avoid consuming too many sugary or processed foods. The occasional treat is okay, as it’s all about finding a healthy balance and keeping your body well-nourished.

 

Find out more about the benefits of eating organic:

 

Is Organic Food Really Better for You?

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2019-12-19 10:04:11By Garden of Life



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