Spring is in the air! It’s a time for longer days and better weather. It’s a time to start getting ready for summer and bathing suit season. And it’s also a time for spring cleaning. Here are some great tips to clean up your home and your diet so you can feel more vibrant and get into that bikini come June.
PURGE THE PANTRY
You’ll have a far easier time being successful achieving your weight and health goals if your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer aren’t full of junk food or trigger foods. Get out a bunch of garbage bags and start loading them full of all of the foods that do your diet more damage than good. Chips, cookies, soda, sugary cereal, crackers, frozen pizza and lasagna and anything else that calls your name when you’re not hungry. Remember, wasting it is better than it being on your waist!
RELOAD WITH CLEAN FOOD
Once you clean out all of the junk, give yourself a pat on the back and then head straight to the market to fill the kitchen back up with clean, real, in-season, whole foods. Think of it this way – if it grew from the earth or had a mother, then it’s a real food. Load up with colorful produce (buy what’s in season and organic if you can), fresh fish (wild Pacific halibut, wild Alaskan salmon, black cod), whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, spelt, oats), hummus, beans, lentils, tofu, sweet potatoes, chicken and turkey breast, water-packed canned tuna and salmon, and eggs. Don’t forget to replenish your spice cabinet (throw out any spices that you haven’t used in a year).
QUICK DIET DETOX
Don’t go running for the hills at the word “detox”. We’re not advocating any crazy type of detox diet – no starving, fasting, master cleansing. Just some sensible tips to get your body to respond a whole lot quicker.
- Eliminate all alcohol
- Drink more water and tea (preferably green and herbal)
- Cut all refined flour and sugar
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Limit starches to 3-4 servings a day and make sure they are real, whole grains
- Eat small, frequent meals to stabilize your blood sugar and energy levels
- Have some protein at every meal.
- Include small amounts of healthy fat 2-3 times a day – avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds, virgin coconut oil
MOVE YOUR BODY
Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s time to take your workout outdoors. Hit the pavement or the hills on foot or by bike. Or look for an outdoor “boot-camp” class to really kick-start your spring. If you want to look really good in that bathing suit then you have to hit the weights or do some serious resistance exercises to tone and shape those muscles. Hey, if you’ve got it, then flaunt it!
COOK UP A STORM
Get in the kitchen and make your own meals. No, you don’t have to be Julia Child or Bobby Flay – simple cooking is just fine. When you cook you own food, you control both the quality of the ingredients and the quantity that you eventually eat. If you don’t have a lot of time to cook, try spending one day a week to do big batch cooking – make at least 3 different recipes in larger than normal quantity and refrigerate and freeze portions that you can pull out for meals later in the week and weeks to come. If you need some recipe inspiration, check out all of our great recipes in the recipe archives.
Of course if you need some rockin’ breakfast ideas, check out our cookbook, “No Excuses! 50 Healthy Ways to Rock Breakfast!” available on our website in both a print and ebook.