With the cold weather and limited day light, winter is often a time of hibernation. Hibernation brings more hours on the couch indulging in your favorite foods. If you are looking to shed some post-holiday weight, it is time to Spring clean your diet and ease yourself into the warm weather. If this sounds daunting, break it down into a few simple steps:
- Focus on plants- Change the focus of your meals to plant-based eating. Instead of filling your plate with meat, fill it with vegetables. Select delicious salads that combine a variety of colors, textures and nutrients or grill vegetables for additional flavor. If the carnivore in you will not be satisfied with only vegetables, toss a few grilled chicken strips in the salad, but remember to eat more veggies than meats.
- Drink more water- Hot beverages can provide comfort during the winter months. If you have been enjoying hot chocolate, lattes, alcohol or soda, begin switching your beverages to water. You can make small changes, such as substituting one or two drinks a day with water. The more water you drink, the less empty calories you consume, which helps with weight loss and improved health.
- Stay away from dieting- While you may be tempted to try a fad diet or juice cleanse, these are only temporary fixes and can be dangerous. Instead, learn to select healthier foods and eat in moderation. Only eat when you are hungry. Eat slowly and eat until you are full.
- Look forward- Instead of wallowing in self-pity, look forward toward a new season. Focus on the changes you want to make and make conscious choices when eating. When you pay attention to your goals and to the way you feel, it is easier to make healthy selections.
Spring cleaning your diet goes a long way toward boosting your health and appearance. Plus, you learn new habits that you can continue throughout the year to support your wellness. Take your time with the changes and strive to add one new change each week. You will soon see the difference.
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