"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food" -Hippocrates

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Why Clean Eating

Why Clean Eating? Think for a minute about what you had to eat today...Do you know where it came from? How it was processed and made? Do you know what all of the ingredients mean on the food label? Do you question if it's really "healthy?" The sad truth is that most people do not know all of the answers to these questions about the food they consume. And i don't blame them, labeling is confusing, "health claims" aren't always the most accurate of claims, and the abundance of options creates havoc.

Our food should be simple. and let me explain why i think this way. Your body has a process...(not so scientific sounding, by the way)
1. You place the food in your mouth- Chew and swallow (and of course enjoy the taste)
2. It travels to your stomach where it starts to digest the food and break it down.
3. It's broken down into nutrients, which your body then distributes to fuel your cells. Cells-the building blocks of life.
4. Let me repeat. It fuels your cells. Your cells make up your liver, pancreas, skin, etc. As a result, it would make sense that food is fuel for your body, and is needed to function properly. Hence the need for nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, fat, water)

Our food is not simple though in the processed world we live in. We have instead taken Nature's Food sources, and added things like Sugar, Sodium, Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavoring, etc. Basically, we have added crud, that doesn't process as well in our body. Which then creates havoc...

If you are still with me in this post :)....you are hopefully starting to see the reasoning behind "CLEAN" Eating. Eating "Cleaner" foods, or foods closer to their natural state can have a very positive impact on your body.

SO if you are joining me for this "Clean Eating" Challenge, I would like to share my overall goals....

*The GOAL is not to be 100% perfect (if you are, that is fantastic), but if you are only 90%, 70%, 50%... that will most likely be a step in a healthier direction than before.

Next, I would like to share a general overview of the types of food to select...

For the next 30 days, I hope to encourage you, educate you, and guide you into healthier eating habits, to in turn establish a healthier lifestyle. Every person deserves to live a healthy life, but it doesn't come without taking ownership of it. It's time to take ownership of your food that you fuel your body with. 

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*Disclaimer: Although I am a ACSM-Health Fitness Specialist, I am not a medical professional or registered dietician. The information that I share on my blog is based on my own experience, personal knowledge and is what works for me. You should consult a physician before starting any exercise program or diet plan. If you choose to do any of the workouts or health tips featured on this website, you do so at your own risk.

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