Nutrition and “Clean Eating”

Nutrition and dental care by a Federal Way dentistIn this day and age, a person can become overwhelmed with all the tips, articles, books, and eating plans out there.  As a concerned dentist in Federal Way, we wanted to pose the thought that “less is more”.  In an age of ease and  super-convenience, where overly processed foods are so readily available but have been stripped of any nutrients and goodness, we should really look back a few generations and focus on eating whole, natural foods.

Some would say that no health or fitness goal can be achieved without first cleaning up your diet.  Most of us are aware that changing our diets can be one of life’s biggest challenges.  However, that challenge can reap so many rewards!  A healthier diet will lead to a healthier you!  Eliminating, or significantly reducing, the highly processed foods will make a huge difference in a person’s overall health and fitness!

This is a perfect time of the year to make the commitment to that sort of change!  The grocery stores and Farmer’s Markets have an AMAZING selection of fruits and vegetables from now through the end of summer!  From this standpoint as a dentist, Federal Way is an amazing place to be!  With this kind of selection, it is so much easier to eliminate man-made sugar, bad fats(hydrogenated and trans-fat), preservatives, white bread, and any other unnecessary ingredients!  An easy way to remember if a food is clean is:  “if man made it, don’t eat it”!

A person who strive to eat clean usually practices the following:

  • Eliminate refined sugar
  • Cooks healthy meals
  • Packs health meals
  • Makes healthy choices when dining out
  • Drinks lots of water
  • Eats 5-6 small meals per day
  • Significantly limits alcoholic beverages
  • Always eats breakfast
Over the summer months, we will try to focus on some of these important points in greater detail.  As your Federal Way dentist, we know without a doubt that any of these healthy changes with also benefit your dental health, because all things are linked!  Please also check out our Facebook page and like us there as we will continue to post “in-season” healthy recipes that take advantage of our wonderful abundance of fruits and veggies!

 

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