Eat Clean, Live Clean

The importance of cleanliness is something that has been driven into most of us from a young age. As children, we are already taught to clean our rooms, brush our teeth, and wash our hands — and the amount of products that have been created over the years to coerce kids into bathtime has grown to an almost hilarious amount.

This need to sanitize and be “clean” has only increased — now, to a level of controversy. The widely publicized debate continues, as to whether keeping kids from being exposed to any dirt or germs is keeping their natural immune systems from growing — and that’s not even touching on the more controversial topic of vaccinations.

Even in adulthood, this urgency to be and stay clean is seen pretty much everywhere — whether it’s people pulling out mini hand sanitizers after taking public transportation, or literally wiping down airplane seats and restaurant tabletops with wet wipes (yes, I’ve seen both). Furthermore, cleaning up the environment and vowing to reduce toxins in the atmosphere is always a front running topic — filled with promises and proposed solutions — during political campaigns and elections.

However, despite our seemingly growing awareness, and perhaps, obsession with the need to be clean, I find it interesting that so many people are still not paying attention to the cleanliness of their insides — which is becoming undeniable as one of the key components to our overall health. Perhaps it’s because we don’t really understand what it means to be “clean” from the inside out, or how to go about doing it.

Clearly there has been a massive shift in our society when it comes to the awareness of the importance of being healthier and eating healthier (otherwise websites like this one would have little purpose - or traffic, for that matter). However, eating or living “healthy” according to the majority of health standards these days, does not often equal eating or living clean.

So this week we are taking a closer look into what eating and living “clean” actually means. The co-founders of the EKG Project, Gina Cavallo and Emily Farley, explain, respectively, why they eat Paleo and started a Paleo company — and why the debate about GMOs in our food is so important. Mio Skincare founder Sian Sutherland explains why it is just as important to focus on what you put ON your body, as it is what you put IN your body.

Additionally, we are also honored to share with you a very special tribute from the Barry’s Bootcamp community to Diem Brown, who recently passed from complications during her battle with cancer. This special article shares stories, memories, and sentiments from the people who saw her through some of her strongest days, and some of her last. It also highlights not only what a strong and inspiring woman she was, but the positive power of this fitness community beyond helping people get in shape.

Thank you, as always, for visiting The Sweat Life and coming along on this journey with us.

Until next week,

Aly Teich
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life