Why I eat clean
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I've been complaining for the last week about not eating well. Today I'm going to reaffirm why I like fresh, whole foods.
I enjoy eating clean because my system likes it. My body feels better inside and out when I eat clean. My insides do not complain and work like it should. My skin clears up, my nails are harder, my energy rises.
Eating clean is cheaper. When I buy a bag of potatoes over a bag of potato chips, I not only stick to one potato instead of the whole bag, I get several filling servings from it. Basic ingredients for all of these items are cheaper than buying the pre-made items from a box. I can feed my family of 4 with whole foods for cheaper than a meal out of a box.
I am more satisfied eating the whole foods than anything processed. I get fuller more quickly when I have strawberries instead of cookies. Oatmeal with raisins fills me better than an oatmeal cookie.
I am in control of the ingredients when I eat clean. I have to cook/prepare all of it and know what the ingredients are that went into the item. I know what those things are instead of having to interpret some long list of chemicals that keep the food "shelf stable". It just tastes better when it's homemade, even salad dressings taste better (I just started trying to make my own recently).
Cooking brings the family together. The kids are old enough to help prepare some of the items. They enjoy measuring and stirring. Last night I had my daughter help grease the muffin tins I made mini-egg bakes in. I'm not only getting them to help, I'm teaching them how to eat when they are a part of the cooking process.
Eating clean also helps to maintain/lose weight better than anything out of a box/fast food lane. Clean eating has fewer calories than junk food. Clean eating has less sodium and fat than anything out of a box. Eating clean has more vitamins for your body. It helps keep you in balance instead of fighting the food.
Today's holidays: International Jazz Day, National Go Birding Day, Hairstyle Appreciation Day, National Honesty Day, National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day.