Over the years, research has shown that food affects not only our physical health (um, duh?), but also our mental health.
For example, a well-balanced diet can help reduce depression symptoms, prevent mood swings related to blood sugar levels, and help improve concentration.
We all know that, right?
However, what about clean eating? You know, cutting out all that heavily processed junk like frozen meals and even some “healthy” pre-packaged weight loss snacks?
My guess* is that, yes, clean eating also can help provide mental health benefits. I mean, clean eating focuses even more on getting rid of all the crap that can affect our physical and mental well-being. I know I feel great physically and mentally when I focus on — and stick to — cleaning up my diet.
* Remember, I’m not a doctor or mental health professional. Consult your physician for dietary needs specific to your situation, y’all!
While a lot of folks are well versed in healthy eating, not everyone is familiar with clean eating — or, at least, how to get started eating clean.
Thus, I’ve done a little research and found eight resources for clean eating that, if you’re interested, will help get you started!
- The Complete Crash Course On Clean Eating: Seems like a good place to start, right? Fitness provides a clear definition of clean eating including how to spot processed foods, how to shop for clean eating foods, and tips on cooking clean.
- The Gracious Pantry: I just love Tiffany, the creator of The Gracious Pantry. She provides TONS of information about clean eating, including her super helpful Clean Eating 101 for everyone just getting started. If you like The Gracious Pantry, be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter, too.
- Clean Eating: This online magazine provides an explanation of clean eating as well as information about clean eating recipes and meal plans.
- 10 Ways to Eat Clean: From Eating Well magazine, here you’ll find tips on limiting processed foods, cutting down on saturated fat, reducing alcohol intake, and more.
- 7 Principles of Clean Eating: Want to scan through some basic rules of clean eating? Check out this to-the-point Cooking Light article. (HINT: Cooking Light also provides 10 Clean Eating Recipes for Weeknights because, hey — we’re tired after a long day at work!)
- Clean-Eating Recipes For People Who Have No Time To Cook: Speaking of being short on time but long on wanting to improve your diet, this Huffington Post provides quick clean eating recipes for everything from chicken and veggies to how to implement quinoa in your diet.
- The Ultimate Clean Eating Grocery List: OK, so we’re talking about all these clean eating recipes, but what about just a regular trip to the grocery store? Well, Skinny Ms. provides a list of 50 foods you can pick up to make sure you always have some clean food on hand.
- The DOs and DON’Ts of Clean Eating: We all make mistakes — especially when we’re trying something new. This LIVESTRONG slideshow helps you learn how to actually USE all these tips for eating clean.
Do any of you practice eating clean? What resources or tips can you provide newbies to the clean eating world? Share with us in the comments below!