Feeling bogged down by mid-afternoon? Fatigued? Got a headache? Or maybe having a bit of brain fog? Well, your diet may be causing these symptoms.
If you say my diet is already healthy because you might be a plant-based eater, you might want to think again. Even if you are already eating plant-based, you may experience the above symptoms and other issues, including digestive problems or an elevated level of anxiety and depression.
It all comes down to eating clean, for the most part. Other factors do play in to how you might feel on a daily basis, but nutrition is a key player. And eating clean, by avoiding processed foods and opting for whole, organic ingredients, will help you stay on top of your game throughout the day.
“In short, clean eating is saying goodbye to excess ingredients and getting back to the basics. Rather than focusing on the banning of foods like a diet does, the clean eating lifestyle focuses on making choices that naturally drive you toward consuming whole, unprocessed, unrefined, honest to goodness foods,” writes OGP’s Sarah McCartan.Think of it as stepping away from the apple -flavored Poptart, moving back to the applesauce, and then eventually back to the apple itself.”
As a general rule, avoid packaged products because these are most likely to contain artificial ingredients and other mysterious additives to your food. Eat whole fruits and vegetables, and choose organic when possible, which helps you avoid the countless unknown factors of GMO foods. Here are 5 Easy Ways to Avoid GMO Foods.
Another great way to eat clean is by incorporating more raw foods into your diet. Raw foodists believe that, by not cooking your food or heating it above 115 degrees Fahrenheit, you can retain the most of the nutritional benefits of that specific food.
As an inspiration to start your journey towards cleaner eating, check out the recipes below: