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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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                          Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                          Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                          If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                          1. Breathe

                          The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                          • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                          • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                          • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                          Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                          2. Loosen up

                          After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                          Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                          3. Chew slowly

                          Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                          Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                          Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                          4. Let go

                          Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                          The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                          It’s not. Promise.

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                          Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                          Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                          21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                          5. Enjoy the journey

                          Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                          Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                          6. Look at the big picture

                          The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                          Will this matter to me…

                          • Next week?
                          • Next month?
                          • Next year?
                          • In 10 years?

                          Hint: No, it won’t.

                          I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                          Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                          7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                          You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                          Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                          8. Practice patience every day

                          Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                          • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                          • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                          • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                          Final thoughts

                          Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                          Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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