Spring is almost officially here so it is time to start doing some cleaning. Not just within your home, but within yourself. If you are wondering how you are going to rock that bikini on the beach this summer, you will need to take steps to spring clean your diet so you can reach your goals. Here are seven ways to make the change to a cleaner you.
1. Be honest about your portions
Are you really eating the right amount of food? Let’s be honest here. If you are frequently going for seconds, you are adding excess calories without even realizing it. Still feel hungry? Try drinking a glass of water and waiting 20 minutes before taking more, or add more steamed vegetables to your plate so that you are not gobbling down tons more calories per meal.
2. Make changes gradually
No one says you have to wake up tomorrow and start eating a strictly vegan no carb diet. Think about the changes you want for your health and shift to them steadily. Each week, incorporate a new good habit while tossing out an old one. Swap your white rice for brown rice one week. Then see what other changes you can make.
3. Clean out the fridge and pantry
Those cookies and crackers have got to go. Limit shelf-stable items to things like white-meat tuna, whole grain pastas, and beans. In your fridge, give it a good cleaning. Nothing is more fabulous than opening up a clean fridge. Then organize it with fresh veggies, hummus, and other healthful snack options so when you get the munchies, you will have the perfect cure.
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4. Watch out for hidden sugar
In your great pantry purge, you probably threw out those cookies and obviously sugary items. But what about salad dressings? Check those labels and you will be astonished at the astronomical amount of sugar in them. You can easily make your own salad dressings that are fresh and taste way better.
5. Incorporate probiotics
Probiotics keep your digestive system healthy. Adding probiotics to your diet helps rebalance gut-friendly bacteria, so grab a yogurt and go for it. Avoid sugar-added yogurts and go for the Greek variety for the best results.
6. Get the right kinds of fats
Your body needs fats, but they need to be the right kind of fats. Healthy fats like those from olive oil, nuts, and avocado will help you feel full. The key is portion control though because too much of a good thing can work against you.
7. Avoid drinking your calories
So you need coffee in the morning. Don’t we all? Stop adding cream and sugar to it. Drink it black or add coconut milk to it instead. And stay away from soda, especially the diet varieties.
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By incorporating these tips into your day-to-day eating habits, you will start to feel healthier and more refreshed. Rome was not built in a day so do not push yourself too hard, but do try to make these changes for the better of your health. You will live a longer, cleaner and healthier life if you do. What changes have you made to spring clean your diet?