5 Fantastic Benefits of Clean Eating You Know You NeedPayton Foeller
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You may remember some past posts I did on clean eating. Like this one with the challenge.
Or… this follow up post where I updated you and talk about all the top tips I discovered!
Today in this post I thought I would finally share my super lame inspiration board I made and the progress I’ve been able to track with it! I know I’m super lame and super grade school with my poster board and a glue stick … but I love planning and goal setting and come on, who the heck doesn’t love a fresh poster board!?!
Although my diet is not 100% clean yet I have made incredible steps closer and would say that I probably have it close to 90%. I’ve noticed several changes but they can all be pretty well summed up in a few points.
Here we go…
1. You’ll Feel Better
In the last 6 months, I have managed to wean off all of my prescription medications! ALL. Did you catch that… all. That has never happened in .. well I can’t ever remember not having a prescription to fill every month. I have swapped out a few things for food based supplements and tried to amp up my vitamin intake with some yummy pure fruit drinks like this brand. I do still have my inhaler and epi pen for emergencies but I don’t know the last time I had to fill it. Last year at least.
Fun tip: there are 3 or 4 brands that make basically the same kind of drink. Our local Kroger almost always has one brand or another on sale so I can usually stock up for the week or two everytime I go to get groceries. These juices and bar like this one make a great breakfast on the go!
I use to struggle with relatively frequent IBS flare ups. Now, with the diet change I usually only experience this terrible fate when I cheat and have something I shouldn’t. I’m not saying it’s a good thing to have food aversions and to become ill when you eat something you shouldn’t… but it’s a decent way to stop wanting to eat all that junk. Eat it. Get sick. Don’t eat it. Don’t get sick!
My energy is up. I managed to fend off a sinus infection a month or two longer than usual. It’s most definitely back now so we will see if I can eat and vitamin my way out of it. If not, back to the Bactrim we go. *Insert Sad Face*
2. You’ll Look Better
Admittedly, I started this diet change in hopes of losing some weight. Breastfeeding was the best weight loss tool I had ever used but when she weaned the pounds crept right back on, and quickly. I ‘dieted’ and lost some.. then the holidays hit and I gained even more back than I had lost!
New years came around and I tried calorie counting. Science right? Surely, it has to work. It’s friggin’ science…
Nothing. I lost maybe one pound… maybe. Meanwhile, my calorie counting husband lost all of his holiday weight gain and then some!
I quickly got frustrated and tired of being hungry all the time. I was unable to work out because I was so weak from the low-calorie intake. When I gave up I decided maybe there was something to all the packaged and processed chatter going on. I slowly (over 10 weeks) cleared white wheat and white sugar out of my diet as best as I could. Reading labels consistently takes a lot more time than I imagined!
I ate when I felt like eating, the only thing that changed was what I was reaching for when I was hungry. I started steadily (but very slowly) losing weight and keeping it off. I’ve now lost around 15 lbs since late April! I’ve lost 18 inches. And even better (well sort of), several pairs of pants started to feel loser. Shirts that were once way too snug started to only seem ‘fitted.’ I made an effort to focus on non-scale goals and then allowed myself to celebrate and track when the scale showed some success.
Which leads me to my next point…
3. You’ll Feel like you Look Better
15 pounds may not sound like much, but holy moly can I tell a difference. If that’s not enough then you’re probably in it for the wrong reasons. When you feel like you look better you start acting like you look better. You stop grumbling over pictures people post of you. You wear clothes with more confidence.
You’ll probably spend less time commiserating with others about your stupid mom tummy. It’s still there… but everything else looks better so who cares. My belly will forever be lopsided from those tiny feet stretching out in my right rib cage… literally, you can still see it. But who cares … my jeans fit. I’m good with it.
Of course, that’s not the only reason you should consider eating clean, but it’s definitely a reason you might start. Why are health foods and clean options on the rise? It’s because it helps your body function the way it was intended. I (obviously) don’t know the science of it all. BUT. I know I look better. My skin looks healthier (if I get enough sleep..HA!). My health concerns are less concerning. I feel better about the way I look. And I’m okay with admitting that it feels pretty darn good.
4. You’ll Care Less for Sweet Treats
The more you eat clean and raw foods the less you’ll crave other things. The more you eat clean the more the other things will taste fake. Sugar will taste insanely and almost disgustingly sweet. I find I am fuller longer from eating real food. Whole grains and lots of fruit and pure juices are my happy place now. My no sugar 100% whole wheat with peanut butter and strawberry preserves is no longer a second place to white bread and pure sugar jam. It’s my jam. As in I love it. It gets easier as you go along. Just give it a chance!
5. You’ll Find Lasting Result
Because it gets easier the more you do this you will find it a lot easier to maintain as a life style. Thusly, you will find it a lot easier to keep the pounds off. And to keep the health benefits going! Yes, you can still indulge! Sometimes. But really, after a while, the list of non-clean eating things you actually want to indulge on gets smaller and smaller.
I’ve lost 15 pounds over about 3 months. That’s less than a pound a week. But the stupid energizer bunny approach just doesn’t work. At least it never has for me! I know it’s the trendy thing in healthy people circles to say, but it’s not about a diet, it’s about building a lifestyle change! And you can do it!
If you’ve found a change that you were able to stick with and found lasting results leave a comment about it! I wanna know what you all are doing to stay healthy and whole!