The number one question many people often ask me is HOW to eat clean. But the second most frequent question people is WHY. Why should I eat clean? It’s absolutely a valid question. Without a doubt, it’s super important to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you don’t know the “why” part then it can be difficult to stay motivated. Knowing the “why” gives you purpose and helps you to set goals and actually be able to ATTAIN those goals.
The most important reason to eat clean is the impact it has on your health. Eating clean will certainly make you healthier and will definitely help you to feel better. Another good reason to eat clean is that it can help you lose weight.
The whole reason I started this website is because of my own personal struggle with losing weight. It began several years ago shortly after the birth of my second child. I was getting extremely frustrated because I was working out like crazy yet I wasn’t losing any weight. At that point I began eating “clean” and that’s when the weight finally started to come off. I lost between 1-2 lbs. a week over a period of about 6 months. It was so gratifying to finally unlock the secret to losing weight and, more importantly, keeping it off. My own personal journey aside, here are a few more reasons you should consider eating clean:
- Two thirds of all US adults are overweight
This is due to the unfortunate fact that most people tend to eat all the wrong things. Fast food, processed food, too much sugar…it’s all bad stuff. By eating clean, you eliminate anything processed. The beautiful thing about clean eating is that it isn’t necessary to count calories because everything you eat is all real food. If you don’t eat junk then calorie counting becomes unnecessary. Pair clean eating with daily exercise and you won’t be in the majority of adults with a weight problem.
- 1 in 3 people will develop cancer in their lifetime
Isn’t that alarming? It is estimated that up to half of all cancer cases could be avoided if people made changes to their lifestyle, such as stopping smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and maintaining a healthy body weight. I firmly believe that one of the main reasons cancer rates are so high is because of the amount of processed food most people put into their bodies. Things like trans fats and high fructose corn syrup are absolutely deadly for the body. Clean eating eliminates all man made chemicals and replaces them with healthy, natural REAL food.
- 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes and 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes
Diabetes is a serious, preventable disease. Your risk of developing diabetes can be significantly lowered through physical activity and proper diet. Another important part of diabetes management is reducing other cardiovascular disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and tobacco use. People with diabetes are also at increased risk of serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.
Eating clean is THE WAY my friends. It really, truly is. And the beautiful thing about it is that it’s simple. You don’t need to count points, follow some complicated diet plan, or spend a ton of money on pre packaged meals. You just eat real, unprocessed food the way nature intended.