At Go Green Cleaning Experts, green cleaning means more to us than a tidy space — we want you to eat green and clean too! We love businesses like Whole Foods that sell organic products and we want you to treat your body in the same, clean way you treat your home.
Spring-clean your body with these three tips for clean eating:
Eat Your Greens
When it comes to your fruits and veggies, you can’t skimp on them. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 76 percent of Americans aren’t eating enough fruits and 87 percent aren’t eating enough vegetables. Eating more of these two can help significantly lower your risks of high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. The fiber in produce can also strengthen your immunity against autoimmune diseases and pathogens.
Essentially, green eating is life-changing and life-saving!
Cut Back on Meat
Protein in meat is great, but too much meat can raise your blood pressure, put you at risk for heart disease and make you gain weight. Cutting back on meat and eating more greens will increase your fiber intake, vitamins, and minerals. And don’t worry too much about your protein intake — a majority of Americans exceed the grams of protein they should be consuming daily, which is 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women.
Eggs, nuts, and dairy all offer enough protein that you won’t be missing out if you cut back on meat.
Watch Out for Processed Foods
Processed foods — we all fall victim to them. During the work week, it can be difficult to find the time to cook a healthy, green meal, so we settle for microwaveable meals and junk food. It’s not a good idea to eat like this all the time, as you’ll be consuming way too much sodium and sugar to be healthy. Keep an eye out for artificial colorings, refined grains, and hydrogenated oils.
Some clean processed foods are available, like plain yogurt, cheese, whole-wheat pasta, and baby spinach. But in general, limit your intake. It’s best for your health to cook your own green meals so you know exactly what’s in each one. Even salad dressings and hummus can have a lot of sugar in them, so make sure you’re carefully reading the ingredients list before adding these groceries to your cart.