Why You Should Eat Clean!


Great day Everyone! It’s Day 24 of our 30 day challenge! We have 1 week left in the challenge so let’s really dig in & make it happen! Today I just want to share with you the importance of staying away from processed foods and the reason why we are eating clean on this challenge.

Stay clear of the processed food trap

If you want to avoid all of the trans fats/processed food/shelved food laden with salt & preservatives, only shop on the outside circle of a traditional grocery store. In that section you generally find the fresh or frozen fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts etc…  Avoid going through the inside isles if at all possible unless you are grabbing some olive oil, coconut oil, dry beans, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or herbs/seasonings. The peripheral of the grocery store is reserved for those like us who have made the decision to eat clean and to never eat processed foods again (or for my beginners at least during this 30 Day challenge!). If you have never thought about eating clean before consider making it one of your goals.

Why shouldn’t we eat processed foods

Why would you want to eat something with a 2 or 3 year shelf life? That food is filled with preservatives and salt that is not healthy for you to eat on a regular basis. Did you know that it’s hard for that food to even fully leave your body? It starts collecting on the walls of your colon and polyps begin to form that can eventually become cancerous. Let me insert a plug here for the importance of getting your colon checked. Make it a priority to stay on top of your yearly check-ups!  I truly believe that eating processed foods has contributed to the rise in cancer that we see in our society today. Food made in a lab was not meant to be consumed by us. If you can’t pronounce the name of the ingredients in your food then you shouldn’t eat it. In addition to this eating processed foods can cause inflammation in the body resulting in pain & discomfort in your body. There are many other adverse affects including weight gain, skin problems & a greater risk of developing other health issues. To learn more about this go to this website! http://www.whfoods.com/

Make a lifetime decision to eat clean

Eating processed food just isn’t normal but unfortunately it has become “normal” in our society. However today I am extending to you a challenge – Dare to be different! Dare to be peculiar! Dare to be a leader & not a follower when it comes to the food/drink that you allow yourself to consume. Another thing that can help is to start shopping for most of your food at a local farmer’s market or a whole foods market like a local Trader Joes(http://traderjoes.com/)Earthfare (www.earthfare.com) Whole Foods Market (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/) or if you are in the Charlotte, NC area Healthy Home Market (http://www.hemarket.com). If you really want to be unshakable grow your own food. It can be done; you just have to want it bad enough.

Final thoughts

As my favorite financial stewardship expert Dave Ramsey (www.daveramsey.com/) says, “Live like no one else, so you can LIVE like No One Else”… This concept can also apply to eating clean. Eat what God intended for you to eat from the beginning of time. Eat the food that comes from the earth not a lab.

Now are you ready to eat/drink clean with me?

Let’s Go!!!

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Published by Monica Akerele, MSW, LMSW

I AM because of God's LOVE and GRACE! Licensed Master Social Worker, Singer/Songwriter, Motivational Speaker, Blogger & Self-Care Strategist

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