The benefits of Eating Clean
Reasons to Clean Up Your Diet (Besides Weight Loss)
The side effects of a clean diet go far beyond the number on the scale
A healthy diet, containing omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals is a surefire way to get strong hair and nails that are worthy of all that time (and money) you spend getting mani-pedis and blowouts. Your hair and nails are made of protein, so be sure to include foods like fish, poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts to keep strands strong. Additionally, a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables will provide vitamins C, E and biotin to help grow long locks and durable nails.
Have More energy
Do you ever feel like climbing under your desk for a nap by noon? Assuming you had a good night's sleep, your breakfast could be the culprit. Morning meals that lack proper amounts of protein can zap your energy. To kick start your energy, the first meal of the day should contain three important components: protein, whole grain carbs, and healthy fat. Like three legs of a stool, these nutrients support each other, and when combined, they support your energy reserves. Try crunchy almond butter on whole grain bread, or a bowl of cold cereal with skim milk and chopped nuts to help you feel plugged-in till lunch.
Even if you feel great today, it's smart to take a closer look at some of the faulty habits that could predict your health later. If you have a tendency to throw foods into your cart without reading food labels...get cart smart. Highly processed foods often contain extra sodium, sugar, or fat that add unnecessary calories and additives, all of which have been linked to chronic conditions like heart disease, some cancers, and diabetes. By making sure half of your plate holds fruits and veggies, and by exploring the world of plant proteins like beans, soy, and nuts you'll aim to prevent disease instead of inviting it in.