Looking for motivation to eat clean? Post these reasons on your fridge and carry them in your purse for motivation while grocery shopping. While it is a lifestyle adjustment, you’ll realize the benefits of eating clean very quickly. Remind yourself of these reasons to eat clean whenever you feel your motivation waning:
1. Live Longer
A myriad of health problems—from cancer to heart disease and obesity—are linked to the consumption of processed foods and foods exposed to pesticides. To reduce your vulnerability to health problems, eat as cleanly as possible. Those who eat clean have:
- Lower incidence of cancer (1/3 of cancer incidences can be linked to poor diet)
- Lower incidence of diabetes (over ½ of diabetes incidences can be linked to poor diet)
- Lower incidence of heart disease (doctors recommend dietary changes to heart patients because they know diet and heart disease are scientifically linked)
2. Protect Your Children
In particular, you’ll want to protect your children, who are more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides, preservatives, and other chemicals often found in unclean food. Children are innocent, and you are shaping their eating habits for life. If you bring them up living on chicken nuggets and french fries, they’ll have much harder time training themselves to eat healthfully in the future. Help them develop a taste for healthy, whole foods, and protect their vulnerable bodies from the influences of chemicals and processed foods.
3. More Energy
When you eat clean foods, you have access to more nutrition, better digestion, and lasting energy. You’ll experience fewer blood sugar spikes (which are often associated with processed foods, especially those high in sugar or simple carbohydrates), which means you’ll feel fewer spikes and crashes in energy throughout the day.
4. Better Skin
Clean foods support healthier skin, hair and nails. Want to look great? Munch on a carrot stick instead of Snicker’s bar and drink a glass of water with lime instead of a soda full of chemicals and sugar, which can aggravate skin.
5. Lose Weight
Clean foods fill you up, meet your nutritional needs, and help reduce sugar and fat cravings. You won’t want to eat junk once you’ve gotten used to living without it, and you’ll find it easier to say no to temptation.
The bottom line is this: If you want to live longer, feel better, and look better, you’ll eat clean. Keep your motivation cards where you can see them and make the change to clean eating. You won’t regret it!
About the author:
Amanda Tradwick is a grant researcher and writer for CollegeGrants.org. She has a Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware, and has recently finished research on education grants for adults and scholarships and grants for single mothers.