Eating Food that is “Clean”

Foods that have not been processed are considered “clean” foods. They do not contain artificial ingredients or harmful additives.

Eating clean implies eating healthy foods and choosing foods that are as organic and natural as much as possible. An eating clean food list would include those foods with no chemical additives or preservatives. These foods are mostly organic and have lower levels of fat, salt, sugar or other additives. Clean foods are fruits and vegetables that are fresh rather than canned and whole rather than processed. Clean eating would call for the consumption of water rather than soda and lean protein like that found in nuts, beans or non-GMO tofu rather than heavy proteins like those found in animal products.

Here are some tips for foods you should never eat:

  • Fried foods: fried foods are bad. In eating establishments, the food is fried and cooked in oils that are high in saturated fat.
  • Fruit & vegetables grown with pesticides and fertilizers: Although in the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, these chemicals are used to keep pests and diseases away, the long-term impact on the use of pesticides is indeed harmful to health.
  • Synthetic soft drinks: soft drinks will increase your risk of health problems. They also lead to obesity and can cause substantial dental problems due to their high sugar content. They contain fake calories replacing nutritional value. Therefore a person tends to lose out on nutrition. Because they are acidic, it is also bad for the stomach lining. Diet sodas are even worse. They contain chemicals and preservatives that are harmful to our health.
  • Fast food: the desire to accomplish more in less time has led to bad eating habits. Popular fast foods are filled with additives and preservatives which are not good for the health.

It is not only important to know what to eat and what not to eat, knowing when to eat is also vital. Before a workout, eat something light and balanced. The best foods to eat before workout are low-fiber foods because they are easier to digest and enable you to workout more efficiently. Do not overdo it with heavy processed foods that offer little in the way of nutrition and lots in the way of empty calories. For the best results, experiment and see what works best for you. Remember to keep it light and keep it clean!

Contrary to what one may believe, it is important to eat a meal after training. In fact, it is probably the most important meal of the day. After working out allow about 10 minutes of relaxing time for getting dressed and leaving the gym. Try to consume a meal about 30 minutes to an hour after training. Because a workout reduces glycogen, the body will turn muscle mass into energy if you do not refuel. The best foods to eat after a workout include foods that contain protein, complex carbohydrates and some healthy fats.

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