Spring clean your diet

 

As you are spring cleaning your home you should consider your pantry and spring clean your diet as well.

 

If you change your food choices to focus on better health, weight loss will be an added benefit. As a mother of four and personal trainer, I continually look for ways that we can be healthier as a family and help my clients.

 

What I have learned in over a decade of training is that simple changes add up to make a big difference. So, start today and spring clean your diet!

 

Become Whole

 

Change your ways to better your health by choosing food in its natural state. Whole foods like apples, carrots and other foods that do not go through a process of being manufactured are healthier for you.

 

Aside from being healthier, they have less calories to help you to stay lean. Avoid all processed foods to save calories along with your health. Following a whole food diet will also have you feeling more energetic, with your glucose level staying steady throughout the day.

 

You will also save money in the process. The cost of processed snacks and junk food can quickly add up and dig into your wallet. Fruits, veggies and nuts are also easily portable and you can put them in a Tupperware for on-the-go.

 

Eat Your Grains

 

Choose healthy grains like whole wheat bread, pasta and rice rather than refined white grains that lose nutrients when they are manufactured. You can also choose popcorn, oatmeal and quinoa to clean up your diet as you slim down your waistline! With this simple swap, you will lower your risk of colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. Be sure to choose healthy whole grains!

 

Increase Your Fruits and Veggies

 

Clean up your eating plan by having 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies per day

 

By eating your fruits and veggies you will lower your risk of cancer, aid digestion and even lose weight in the process. Just be sure to avoid eating fruit at bedtime, as this still counts as sugar in your body. I always have cut up vegetables and fruits in my refrigerator.

 

For little ones, try introducing sweet veggies to get them interested in healthy eating. Sliced multi-color bell peppers and carrots are a great start!

 

Eat Food You Understand

 

Avoid food with any artificial flavoring or preservatives. If you can’t read (or understand) the ingredients on the label, it would be safe to avoid it. Be kind to your body by choosing healthy food and your body will be kind to you. Even on the go, I do my best to make healthy choices because it makes me feel better and helps me to fuel the day!

 

Avoiding fast food temptations by having healthy snacks in your car is a great tip. Your engine runs on the fuel you provide it so make sure to make healthy choices.

 

Get Your H2O Fix

 

That clear stuff that comes right out of you own sink is healthy and will aid digestion. There are so many health benefits of drinking water, so be sure to drink up. Water can curb your appetite and even boost your energy to give you that extra spring in your step. Staying hydrated will even give your skin that extra glow. Be sure to aim for 11 glasses of water per day. Some of your water intake will come from your fruits and veggies because of their water content. I find the easiest way to get plenty of water is to carry a refillable water bottle throughout the day and sip away. It’s even helping the environment too—not bad!

 

Use Natural Flavors & Spices

 

Who knew that the simplicity of herbs and spices could add such amazing flavor to your food? I for one did not know this. Growing up, we ate out a lot because of having two working parents. Food can have so much amazing natural flavors if you add rosemary, oregano and a host of other spices. These flavors will diversify your foods and help you to savor every bite! And you will feel like a chef in your own home. There are a host of websites out there to help you cook naturally and healthy!

 

Is the Alcohol Worth It?

 

When analyzing your food intake, it’s important to look at the full picture and part of this is whether or not you drink alcohol. Alcohol relaxes you mentally but can also cause you to gain weight because of the empty calories. So, decide if this is worth it to you and if you choose to drink, do so in moderation.

 

Organic or Not?

 

Organic farmers use natural pesticides rather than man-made, which is much better for your health. There is an up-charge for organic but if you are spring cleaning your health, this would be a huge change for the better. You can even go to local farmers and shop from their crops, just find out what pesticides these farmers use. I enjoy the time of year when our local farm stands open because you can shop local and healthier!

 

Be Smart About Your Meat

 

Limit your meat and dairy and be sure to choose organic. What your meat is fed in its live state will pass on to your health. It is all a pyramid, so choose food that will nourish your body! Chickens that are not caged will have healthier eggs and this will be better nourishment for your body. Know what you are eating before the food makes its way into your mouth!

 

What are you waiting for? Get up and make changes starting today to spring clean your eating and transform your life for the better!

 

Tara

Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog, funfitmama.com