Spring finally arrived! Most people are familiar with the term “spring cleaning” and typically associate it with a thorough cleanse of their home. However, “spring cleaning” can apply to overall health, too. From taking walks outside to grilling lean proteins and vegetables, there are many ways to better your lifestyle. This spring I challenge you to incorporate some of the strategies listed below into your lifestyle to help better your health and overall well-being.
- Do a deep clean of your refrigerator and pantry. Throw out any expired food, but also try to rid your home of any “trigger” foods, like candy, cookies and chips. To prevent waste, consider giving these foods to a loved one or bringing them into work as a treat.
- Go grocery shopping and restock! Make sure a variety of healthful food options are always available. Think fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean meats, and healthy fats like nuts and seeds.
- Start with beverages. Try to drink 64 ounces of calorie-free fluids daily. If you don’t love plain water, try using flavoring drops like Stur Liquid Water Enhancer or infuse your water with your favorite fruits.
- Eat every three to four hours to help keep your appetite at bay and prevent eating large portions. Eat breakfast within the first two hours of waking up and space your meals accordingly.
- Try to have at least two servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Aim for a variety of colors and get creative. Put fruits in cereal or try salads as an easy snack.
- Reduce fried foods. Take advantage of grilling outside, think grilled chicken, kabobs and chicken sausages. If you love fried foods, treat yourself to an air fryer to reduce calories and harmful fats.
- Swap out your grains. Replace any “white” product like rice, bread or pasta with 100 percent whole grain or whole wheat. The fiber helps keep your gut healthy and keep you full.
- Get moving! Enjoy the fresh, warmer air and blooming flowers by taking a walk!. Try to move for at least 30 minutes each day.
– Megan Jozefowicz, RDN, is a clinical dietitian at the Beaumont Weight Control Center in Canton.