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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.
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    I've just been reading a few of your blogs today, but I wonder if you've seen the blog "100 Days of Real Food"? Lots of great information there about eating unprocessed with a family.
    1741 days ago
    Great blog. Eating clean sure has it's benefits!
    1754 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Your children will have a great knowledge of what healthy eating is when they are old enough to be on their own. Awesome job as a mother for teaching them both about how to cook, and what is good to eat.
    1754 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Really enjoyed reading your perspective.

    1754 days ago
    What a great affirmation! For my birthday this year my good friend gave me The Eat Clean Cookbook. I made one recipe out of it, so I think I should pull it out again. Tonight I had curried tofu and sugar snap peas... It was REALLY good!
    1754 days ago
    All of those are great perks of clean food :) Keep it up!
    1754 days ago
    Makes me wonder why we eat any junk at all..... why do we want that stuff in our systems? I do like eating all the home cooked meals I make and you are absolutely right...they taste so much better, but I still want to have a sous chef that will do all that slicing and dicing for me. I completely understand why people fall into the fast food trap. Some days there is so much going on and when you have to make everything from scratch it is very time and labor intensive. If I could just find a way to do it all quicker, but enough complaining.... it's good, it's good for us so I guess I will just suck it up and keep going because it's working!! emoticon
    1754 days ago
    lol @ go birding day. Yes clean eating is the right path. I am appreciating more home cooked meals these days. I do want to start experimenting with more foods. Especially with the Nutri Bullet. I basically eat the same all the time. I read labels like a nutcase in the supermarket. (I have yet to see anyone do this) Shows you how many people are not into what they eat. And another thing I do, is spy into other peoples baskets, or what they are putting on the counter to check out. Am I bad or what? lol. Curiosity, more than putting them down in my mind for eating crap. I just want to take them and shake them, into eating right. Unfortunately I can't or I would be
    taken out in handcuffs for abusing their rights. Oh geesh we can't save them all.
    But maybe hint about a great website called SPARKPEOPLE! I have it on my car. But I can't even get my friends going, if they don't want to. I am hoping they see what I am doing, and maybe just maybe I can get them on board to healthy!
    I am so happy to see you as a Mom teaching your kids about food health. Good idea to let them help with food prep. I have a great gadget for you it's called a Spiral
    vegetable slicer. Wouldn't your kids have a great time with this. You take a zucchini
    and you put it through this and it makes it look like spaghetti, only spiral shaped, a great base for whatever you make to go on top of it. Anyway Amazon has them in all types and prices.
    1754 days ago
    Absolutely right on all counts. Thanks for the reminder.
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