10 Things that will happen if you cut processed foods from your diet
Processed food might well be convenient and even tasty, but everyone knows that it’s not as good for you as fresh, natural food. It’s filled with artificial preservatives and additives and it’s made from refined, cheap ingredients that have had much of the goodness stripped out of them. Cooking your own food from natural ingredients is not that time consuming to do and it could bring many more benefits than you had ever realised. Here are just ten of the amazing things that will happen when you cut out processed junk food from your diet.
1. You will lose weight
The first thing that you will notice when you cut out processed food is how much easier it is to lose weight and to control it. When you eat real, natural food, you can eat just as much as you used to, but you will be consuming far fewer calories. Processed foods often contain lots of added fats, which are bad for your heart and they will make you pile on the pounds.
2. Your complexion will clear up
Stop eating all those manufactured fats and other unnatural ingredients and it will show in your skin. In a matter of just a few weeks, you will have fewer breakouts to deal with and your skin will take on a rosy glow too. When you eat natural foods, you get all the benefit of the nutrition that it contains, whereas with processed food, a lot of the natural nutrients are lost in the manufacturing process.
3. You will have more energy
Processed foods often contain simple carbohydrates that will give you an instant energy boost, but won’t provide you with sustained energy for the day. When you eat natural, wholegrain foods and vegetables, you get the complex carbohydrates that are digested slowly and that will give you a steady supply of energy all day long.
4. Your digestive system will start to work properly again
Most processed foods contain very little, if any, fibre and that can have a disastrous impact on your digestive system. You need fibre in your diet to help the food pass through your system easily so, when you start eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, you will notice that you suffer with less indigestion and constipation.
5. You will spend less money
It’s a fallacy that eating healthy costs more. If you buy natural ingredients and make your own food at home, you will spend less than if you live off pre-prepared food, or takeaways. If you plan your menus in advance, you won’t waste any of the fresh food that you have bought and, you will find that you can rustle up a healthy meal for a fraction of the price that you would pay for a pre-prepared one.
6. You will start to enjoy food again
Your taste buds will have been affected by the overload of salt and sugar they are getting from processed food. It may take a few weeks to adjust to the new flavours, but after a while, you will find that the natural ingredients taste a lot better than the artificially manufactured food. You will be able to taste the more subtle flavours and start to enjoy your food again.
7. Your mood will improve
Studies have shown that eating processed food can be a contributory factor in mood disorders including mood swings and depression. The ingredients that manufacturers use in processed foods are often the lowest quality that they can get away with and that means that they don’t contain the nutrients and fatty acids that are needed to control blood sugar level, hormones and for the healthy functioning of the brain.
8. You’ll keep your youthful looks for longer
Your junk food addiction could be making you look older too. Processed foods do not contain the fatty acids and the anti-oxidants that real food does and you need those to slow down the appearance of the signs of ageing. Just swapping your daily bag of potato chips for a piece of fresh fruit could delay the day that you see the first wrinkle in your skin.
9. You will sleep better
When you stop eating all those artificial additives and preservatives, you will also find that you get a much better night’s sleep too. No more tossing and turning at night, you will sleep like a baby and wake up refreshed and raring to go!
10. You will live longer
It’s a proven fact that people, who live on a healthy, natural diet, live longer and stay active for longer too. That’s why the Mediterranean diet, and the diet of the Japanese, are talked about so soften, because these diets contain more natural ingredients than the typical American, or other western European diets.
Stay healthy and happy!