Without further delay, let me unveil my number one recommendation for maintaining a healthy body: adopt a clean diet. In fairness, this “one” tip does have several parts to it, but I’m considering the concept as a whole.
So what is a “clean diet”? There are several variations of a clean diet, but when I reference it, I’m talking foremost about reducing/eliminating processed foods from your diet. Why is this so important? Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains don’t contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Once you process foods and add sugar, salt, and artificial ingredients, not only are you decreasing the nutrients in your food but you’re introducing low-quality ingredients into your diet – usually in high quantities.
Reducing processed foods is the most important part of eating clean, but there’s more. For me, following a clean diet also means becoming aware of the quality of the food you are putting in your body. If you are a meat-eater, do you know anything about the beef, pork, chicken, and seafood you’re buying and eating? Do you know where it came from? How it was processed? What the animal was fed? What medications, hormones, or antibiotics the animal was given?
Do you follow the dirty dozen chart of produce and buy the top contaminated crops organic? Most of us don’t choose to think about these things. What you eat is crucial to your current health and even more important for your future good health. Read labels and stay away from foods with ingredients you don’t know. Also stay away from packaged foods with long lists of ingredients. The more you know, the more powerful of a consumer you’ll become.