Spring is here. Aside from the traditional steps (cleaning closets, drawers and other household spots) we take as we exit hibernation, there is another step—spring cleaning your diet.
Eliminate Added Sugars: Reducing your sugar intake can increase energy, stabilize moods and reduce urges for more sweets. Track sugar intake. Aim for 25–30g/day, and use
10g of sugar or less/serving as a guide when selecting foods.
Hydrate: Dehydration can lead to over eating, mental fog and exhaustion. Focus on drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. Add lemon to enhance the taste and a healthy boost of vitamin C.
Exercise: Move your body for 30 minutes each day, and head outside for a time. Just 15 minutes of sunshine will get you the recommended amount of vitamin D, supporting your immune system and boosting energy.
Clean Out Food Inventory: Get rid of expired, stale and uneaten foods. Clean and organize shelves to prepare for incoming healthy items.
Eat Seasonally: This provides the greatest health benefits, as foods are rich in vitamins and minerals when they are in their freshest form. This spring, consider vegetables, such as mushrooms, sweet potatoes, shallots, plums and kale.
Laurel Famigletti is an area resident and owner of EndorP.H.I.T, where she provides virtual group fitness classes, in-home personal training and virtual nutrition coaching.