Spring Cleaning Your Diet

As we finally start digging out from under a ton of snow in many areas of the country and simply look forward to the words “start of spring” on our calendars, here are a few health habits we should make an effort to address and embrace for our annual spring cleaning efforts. 

“Clean Eating” is a new buzz term that people are becoming more aware of, but what does it mean, exactly? Basically, anything that comes in a box, bag or can be tossed. Instead, opt for natural choices, such as fruits and veggies and homemade recipes. If that sounds too boring or inconvenient, consider smoothies and other ways to enjoy your food on-the-go.

Here are some other ways to “Spring Clean” your diet:

Start recognizing situations when you are prone to unhealthy eating or snacking and make an effort to replace those actions with stress-relieving activities instead, such as taking a walk, yoga, weightlifting, tennis, or even something less physically demanding such as billiards or a board game.

It may take time to switch to a clean eating regime, so consider Pareto’s Law, which is an 80/20 ratio. If you eat clean 80% of the time and keep a few things you can’t live without within that 20% ratio, then you will be more successful than if you try to eliminate everything all at once. The idea is that over time, you will adapt and eventually enjoy the way you feel more after you decide that clean eating and living is for you.

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