Inner Beauty - We are what we EAT!
We are what we EAT! Effects of Clean Eating on our Skin
The expression “you are what you eat” may be more accurate than you think. There are many factors that contribute to the clear, glowing, blemish-free skin everyone strives for. Some foods—depending on their vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content—can actually help promote healthy skin.
Simple Ways to Start Clean Eating !
It’s a diet pattern that focuses on fresh, whole foods. This lifestyle can be easy and enjoyable as long as you follow a few general guidelines.
It simply involves choosing minimally processed, real foods that provide maximal nutritional benefits.
The idea is to consume foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
1. Load Up On Fruits and Vegetables
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, most of us aren't getting enough. Eating more fruit and vegetables can help significantly reduce your risk for a number of chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. The fiber in whole produce also helps to reduce your risk for autoimmune diseases, fight off pathogens and infections and even improve your mood.
- Make your salads as colorful as possible, including at least three different vegetables in addition to greens.
- Add berries, chopped apples, or orange slices to your favorite dishes.
- Wash and chop veggies, toss them with olive oil and herbs, and place them in a container in your refrigerator for easy access.
2. Limit Processed Foods
Processed foods are directly opposed to the clean eating lifestyle, as they’ve been modified from their natural state.
Most processed items have lost some of their fiber and nutrients but gained sugar, chemicals, or other ingredients. What’s more, processed foods have been linked to inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease.
Even if unhealthy ingredients aren’t added to these goods, they still lack many of the benefits provided by whole foods.
Eating clean involves avoiding processed foods as much as possible.
3. Go Whole Grain
The cleanest whole grains are the ones that have been touched the least by processing. Think whole grains that look most like their just-harvested state-quinoa, wild rice, oats. While some people abstain from eating any processed grains, we think that whole-wheat pasta and whole-grain bread made with simple ingredients are part of eating clean. Sometimes you just need a hearty slice of avocado toast or a bowl of pasta.
4. Read Labels
Although clean eating is based on whole, fresh foods, certain types of packaged foods can be included, such as packaged vegetables, nuts, and meat.
However, it’s important to read labels to make sure there aren’t any preservatives, added sugars, or unhealthy fats.
5. Limit Added Sugar
Most people eat too many added sugars. To clean up your diet, cut down on added sugars by limiting sweets like soda, candy and baked goods. Keep an eye on sugars added to healthier foods like yogurt (choose plain), tomato sauce and cereal. Look for foods without sugar as an ingredient, or make sure it's listed towards the bottom, which means less of it is used in the food. And you don't have to worry as much about naturally occurring sugars in fruit and dairy. They come packaged with fiber, protein or fat to help blunt the effect of sugar on insulin levels. They also deliver nutrients so you're not just getting empty, sugary calories.
6. Drink alots of WATER!
Water is the healthiest and most natural beverage you can drink.
By definition, it’s the cleanest beverage you can drink.
Water can keep you hydrated and may also help you achieve a healthy weight.
Unsweetened coffee and tea are also good choices and provide several health benefits, but people who are sensitive to caffeine may need to moderate their intake.