Spring Clean Your Diet And Your Health
This spring, forget sprucing up your closet or attic and focus on yourself. Today we’re giving you different tips to help you spring clean your diet. While healthy eating may come naturally for some, it requires a little more effort for others. Whether your goal is to lose weight, feel better or be healthy there’s no better time than now to get on track. Consider this your spring cleaning checklist for your health!
Rethink Your Drink
The temperature is already creeping up here in Texas which means summer will be here before you know it! Water is necessary on those scorching days. Dehydration can leave you sluggish and mask itself as hunger. If you can’t quite get 8 glasses in each day, try adding one more 8oz glass than you drink now to your daily routine. Before you know it you’ll hit those 8 glasses!
Be sure to look at other beverages you’re consuming too. How many calories, added sugar and unnatural ingredients are in them. By just eliminating soda, you could see a major shift in your weight!
Slack Off On Sugar
Sugar addiction is real. You might think – there’s no way that you can completely eliminate sugar from your diet. But let me tell you something, once you ditch the refined carbs and sugar (after initial cravings) you won’t miss them. I hear from people all the time that their cravings completely go away after eliminating sugar for 3-4 weeks.
Instead, reach for high-fiber glycemic foods like apples, berries, nuts and seeds. These foods will provide you with a steady stream of energy throughout the day. The fat and protein from the nuts will keep blood sugar levels balanced and will make walking by the work candy jar easier!
80% of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract. Probiotics increase the “good” bacteria in your gut to help fight off the bad. Get your fix through food with fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha or pickles! Read more benefits of probiotics here.
Consuming healthy fats helps lower inflammation and is also good for skin, hair and nails. Healthy fats can help raise HDL (good) cholesterol, making them heart healthy. Steer clear of trans fats but enjoy oils like fish oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. Also try incorporating foods like avocados, olives, and raw nuts.
Stop searching for the ‘quick fix’ diet that yields short term results. Weight loss and reaching your optimum health is about building healthy habits for life. Focus on eating real foods, less processed foods and finding a good balance with food.
Clean Your Kitchen
Go through your freezer, cabinets, and pantry and toss out old, expired food. Take this time to read the labels on food. If you don’t know what the ingredients are or there’s a list a mile long, chances are you should toss it. Your body will thank you. Steer clear of things like Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Nitrates and Nitrites, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, BHA and BHT, and Food Colorings.
Minimizing your exposure to chemicals, toxins, and pesticides can greatly improve your health. You don’t need to buy everything organic, but there are some foods that have higher levels of pesticides than others. Give your body a break by buying foods on the “Dirty Dozen” list organic (clean):
- Bell Peppers
- Hot Peppers
Find Your Favorites
Stop eating foods you hate. Don’t force yourself to eat chicken and broccoli if you can’t stand them. This leads to unhealthy habits, resistance, and slip-ups. If you’re not used to ‘healthy eating’ it can be hard at first. You certainly won’t wake up and start loving kale and asparagus. Your taste buds WILL change and adapt to your new diet so give it some time. Focus on health foods that you actually like and find healthier alternatives for your ‘unhealthy’ favorites.