The fact that there are over 38 million hits on google server when you type in the search engine: “clean eating”, makes me ponder about this huge dietary movement going on.
As a student of nutrition, major aficionado on health and wellness and, happy cook, I look forward to yummier habits everyday. Thousands of books have been brought to my attention (and my amazon.com cart) and the blogosphere is full of health coaches, dietitians and health experts offering advice on this matter.
“The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible.” And, with this in mind, I decided to throw in a little experiment of my own and go 1 week without any pre packaged foods, no trans fat, baked goodies or pore clogging products that can (in hindsight) do no good. I will keep you posted on this note.
However, I am looking forward to reap the benefits, which include (but are not limited to):
1. Better mood: For better mood, digest better food! That’s a good motto to live by. In a study donde in New Zealand, 300 young adults completed daily food diaries for three consecutive weeks, along with psychological and mood related ratings. They found a direct correlation between more energy, more calmness and greater feelings of happiness and a higher intake of fruits and veggies.
2. Sounder sleep: better Zs. Need I say more?!
3. Glowing skin: I have bared witness to a healthy and glowing skin after 2 days of enjoying a very exclusive plant based diet with only fruits, vegetables and legumes (in all shapes and forms).
4. Improved brain function: A recent study from the National Institutes found that people who consistently adhere to a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to have brain infarcts, small areas of dead tissue in the brain linked to cognitive problems. In this case, the mediterranean diet was considered a diet for optimal health, but, if there is anything IIN has taught me is that we need to consider the fact that no one diet works for everyone. In this case, we’ll take it as clean eating diet.
5. Deeper connection to soul: in a meditative state, I can easily spot when I’ve done a better job at nourishing myself and when I am lacking a few nutrients in my plate. Clean eating can become a more direct connection to the soul.
So, I will keep you posted on the benefits of this clean eating way of life. Take care friends!