How to spring clean your diet
Temperatures are rising, it’s sunnier outside- it’s time to start spring cleaning. I’m not just talking about spring cleaning your home, your garage, or even your desk at work. I’m also talking about how to spring clean your diet!
What we consume plays a huge role in the health of our bodies. For this reason, it’s important to occasionally flush out the bad and strengthen the good parts of our diets. Spring symbolizes rejuvenation, so why not use this time to spruce up your diet?
Simply follow my easy steps for getting healthier this spring.
Spring clean your diet by cutting certain foods
Start small; instead of cutting out all harmful food groups, just choose 3. It could be potato chips, biscuits or soft drinks. Once you’ve chosen the 3 foods, ensure that you don’t restock them at the grocery store. Foods and drinks that you should try and reduce to eliminate include alcohol, added sugars, salt, refined grains, and processed foods.
Spring clean your diet with healthier food groups
Now that you’ve eliminated some processed foods, it’s time to replace them with healthier options, like fruits and vegetables. Why not use this opportunity to try some new and exciting fresh produce?
Browse the produce aisle at your grocery store and be adventurous– put something completely different into your shopping cart. Be sure to include other healthy options like whole grains, healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, salmon, etc.)
Eat Breakfast Every Day
The cliche that breakfast is the most important meal of the day happens to actually be true.
Various studies show that eating breakfast can help prevent weight gain. Also, according to a 2017 study in Spain, people who miss breakfast had more fatty buildup in their arteries- an early sign of heart disease.
Spring clean your diet with portion control
It’s easy to let serving sizes get big during the winter months; we love to indulge in comfort foods during cold weather! Make spring a time to cut back to healthier portions. You can also use smaller plates and serve dinner from the stove rather than on the table.
Eat More Mindfully
Research suggests that mindful eating (taking the time to chew and notice the different textures and tastes of every bite) can help with weight loss. Mindful eating will help you eat less to feel full. Always in a hurry? Set the oven timer or alarm clock for 20 minutes, then sit down for a more leisurely lunch.
Water is essential for the function of our organs; it helps to circulate oxygen and whisk away toxins. If you don’t enjoy drinking plain water, jazz it up with a spritz of lemon, lime or even add a few fresh berries. Green tea works too and has many health benefits, from boosting immunity to fighting cavities. Try swapping coffee for green tea instead.
Clean Out Your Pantry and Fridge
Go through your kitchen cupboards and look for foods that come in boxes. Swap crackers or chips for crunchy veggies. If you rely on prepared meals like canned soups, or mac and cheese, find easy recipes to make your favourites from scratch.
Cook More at Home
Skip dining out and save on calories and money. Use fresh ingredients and boost flavour with spices and herbs rather than salt. Bonus: You’ll serve up smaller portions, too.
Eat less meat
Omitting meat even just once a week is an easy and quick way to lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Studies show that people who eat plant-based foods also tend to weigh less than meat-eaters.
Plant a Food Garden
Not only will you get nutritious and inexpensive produce, but you’ll also get plenty of exercise. Plus, tending your own patch of earth is an excellent way to de-stress- it can help ward off depression and anxiety. No yard? Plant a container garden, window box, or try growing some herbs in pots on your windowsill.
For more healthy eating tips, check out this article.