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12 Reasons People Who Eat Clean Enjoy Amazing Lives

12 Reasons People Who Eat Clean Enjoy Amazing Lives

You are what you eat. It’s cliche, but true.

The food you put in your body is not only the fuel for activity but it’s ultimately the building blocks of your cells, so it’s literally true, you actually are what you eat. Unfortunately the typical American diet isn’t very nutritious. Most meals consist of overly refined, nutrient sparse, additive laden food.This is one of the primary reasons so many people are sick and tired all the time. Clean eating is the opposite. At it’s core it’s the concept of eating whole, unprocessed, “natural” food. The fewer steps food takes from its original form to your table the better. Once you’ve started to eat clean you’ll experience some amazing things.

1. They Have TONS of Energy

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    Once you start eating clean, and you’re actually fueling your body for the first time, you won’t believe how much energy you have. Clean eaters quickly realize how little energy they had before when their diet revolved around overly processed “junk” food.

    2. They Almost Never Get Sick

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      Once you start eating a variety of fruits and vegetables you provide yourself with all the building blocks for a robust and responsive immune system. Clean eaters know that if they do get sick, it’s probably not going to last for long, be as severe and it’s not going to happen again for a while.

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      3. They are Killing it in the Gym

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        Lets face it, you’ve got to do something with all that extra energy. Hitting the gym, lifting weights, going for a run and being excited to do it, is a trademark of the clean eating lifestyle.

        4. They Recover Faster From Workouts

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          When you workout you tear your body down, actually damaging muscles, ligaments, tendons and stressing bones. What you eat provides the materials used to repair, rebuild and grow those structures as well as build enzymes to help create energy during your next workout. Clean eaters, because of their nutrient dense diets, have the raw materials available for rebuilding and recovery all the time. They may get sore after a really hard workout, but because eating clean is about fueling your body, they’re recovered and ready to go sooner than most.

          5. They Take Fewer Medications

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            Improving nutritional deficiencies, reducing inflammation, improving cholesterol, lowering blood pressure. All are some of the results that are common with the type of nutrient rich, high fiber, healthy fat laden diet that you follow.

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            6. They Have Clear Skin

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              You’re skin is the body’s largest organ. You’re providing your skin with all the nutrients (protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc among others) it needs for to repair, regrow and remain healthy.

              7. They are Really Well Hydrated

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                Eating clean and drinking water go hand in hand. And we’re talking a lot of water all day. You, as a clean eater, might not remember the last time your urine wasn’t clear or nearly clear and that’s usually a good thing. Clear, or nearly clear urine is a good indication that you’re well hydrated.

                8. They Do #2, Everyday, Maybe Twice

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                  Lots of water and lots of fiber equals a super regular digestive tract, and that’s a very good thing. Besides that fact that being constipated feels awful, there are a LOT of negative health consequences that have been linked to constipation such as colonic conditions, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, and urologic disorders that you don’t have to worry about.

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                  9. They Can Splurge on “Unclean” Foods Every Now and then and Without Feeling Guilty

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                    Eventually you’re going to have a night out, be on vacation, at a birthday party or just plain really want some ice cream. But you if you’ve been eating clean you don’t need to worry or feel guilty about it because one nutritional “slip up” doesn’t make or break a lifestyle. You know you’re able to enjoy those things guilt free because you’ll be back to your normal “clean” diet ASAP.

                    10. They Lose Weight Without Even Trying

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                      Ever eat a big salad and steak and not be able to resist polishing off that bag of Oreo’s? Probably not. Foods high in water content, fiber and protein fill you up quickly and digest slowly. This means you’ll feel full longer and it’s less likely you’ll crave junk food.

                      11. They Eat ALL the Time

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                        They know that they’re not going to be hungry through the day because they’re eating whole, nutritious meals every 3-4 hours. This helps reduce cravings and keep them from ever getting to that ravenous stage where they’re overly hungry and will eat everything in sight.

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                        12. They are Just All Around More Awesome, At Everything, All the Time

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                          You’re constantly hitting on all cylinders. A recent study came to this finding:

                          “Young adults who ate more FV (fruits and vegetables) reported higher average eudaemonic well-being, more intense feelings of curiosity, and greater creativity compared with young adults who ate less FV. On carrots and curiosity: eating fruit and vegetables is associated with greater flourishing in daily life.” – Conner TS1, Brookie KL, Richardson AC, Polak MA.

                          Eating clean isn’t about being on a short term “diet” that is overly restrictive and leaves you hangry all the time. Eating clean is about eating whole, nutritious foods and the amazing things that happen to you once you do start eating clean.

                          Featured photo credit: Bruce Tuten via flickr.com

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                          The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                          The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                          Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                          The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                          1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                          Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                           I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                          To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                          And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                           2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                          Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                          3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                          Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                          4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                          The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                          5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                          Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                          6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                          Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                          7. Positive people smile a lot!

                          When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                          8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                          They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                          9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                          One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                          10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                          Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                          How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                          I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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