The Do’s and Don’ts of clean eating
by Laetitia Wong
Thinking of cleaning up your diet? Well, it’s never too late to get started. What with the new wave of clean eating trends sweeping the nation, why not get yourselves into the fit-spo movement too?
It’s like they say: Abs aren’t built in the gym, they’re built in the kitchen. An average person spends only 2 hours in the day, with the other 12 hours at home and yes, vulnerable to fridge and pantry raids (not panty raids!). At home’s where the hard part starts. Here are a couple of health benefits of clean eating:
1. Because I’m Happy
Researchers have found that those who had a higher intake of fruits and veggies in their diet reported more calm composures, with greater feelings of overall happiness. And note, these feelings aren’t just for today, but rather for the long run!
2. Sounder Sleep
Have a bowl of fruit before you sleep, it doesn’t hurt! Scientists who conducted surveys in Taiwan found that both men and women who ate a bowl of fruit before bed had a more restful night’s sleep. Try it!
3. More energy for workouts
Well, this is a no brainer. The right foods enhance athletic performance, with an adequate balance of protein and veggies. Good fats, proteins and carbs build muscles, boost recovery and improve blood circulation, thus getting more blood pumping to that heart of yours.
4. Clean eating linked to being smart? Why not?
Hey hey, it’s not just salmon and cod liver oil that boosts memory power! If you want to boost tissue cells in the brain, studies show that eating a mix of veggies and fruits, along with fish, beans, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, a moderate amount of wine, even fatty meats, dairy products, refined grains, and sugar can help achieve that.