It’s spring, which means it’s time to come out of your winter hibernation and face the world as a new, healthier version of yourself. You don’t need to go on a crash diet to clean up your diet–a few small changes will make a big difference. The most important thing to remember when choosing to eat clean is to limit or eliminate processed foods. Processed foods aren’t just high in calories; they’re loaded with sugar, fat, and sodium, all of which can lead to health problems. Focus on eating whole, natural, real foods, and you’ll see big changes, not just in how you look, but also in how you feel. Here are 5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet. It’s easier than you think!
1. Drink more water.
Water is so, so important. When you’re properly hydrated, your immune system and metabolism work their best. Drinking water can also help you kick cravings. Thirst sometimes disguises itself as hunger, so the next time you find yourself looking through the fridge, have a glass of water, wait 15 minutes, and see if you still want that snack.
2. Ditch soda.
Giving up soda is one of the easiest ways to cut down on your sugar intake. Stick to water and tea, or make your own infused water or juice, such as our Beet Coconut Water Detox. If you really want to kick your sugar addiction, try our 7-Day Sugar Detox Challenge.
3. Have veggies with every meal.
Make it a goal to have at least one serving of veggies with every meal. Veggies are high in fiber, which is essential for heart health and for keeping you feeling full. They also have tons of vitamins and minerals. Our Quick & Easy Cauliflower Stir-Fry and our Easy Veggie Roast make delicious additions to any meal. For breakfast, get your greens in with our Spinach and White Bean Breakfast Quesadilla or our Kale & Orange Smoothie.
4. Switch to whole grains.
Whole-wheat bread and brown rice have more fiber and nutrients than white bread and white rice. There are also tons of other tasty whole grains, such as faro, quinoa, and buckwheat that will give you the fiber your body needs. Try our Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Buddha Bowl, our Whole-Wheat Pita Pizza, or our Herb Barley Salad to get your whole grain fix.
5. Pack your lunch.
Preparing your own meals is the easiest way to cut down on processed foods. Start cooking more often by making it a goal to bring your lunch to work every day. Our Quinoa & Chickpea Salad and Salmon & Avocado Salad with Lemon Dressing. are quick, clean, and delicious.
If you want more guidance in your clean-eating journey, we can help you along with our Clean Eating Overhaul!