Spring Clean Your Diet with These Habits
Although the weather looks dreary outside, spring is right around the corner! Spring is the time of bloom, birth, or growth for most living things. It can also be a time for a fresh start. We clean out our closets and toss out old belongings, but what about your diet?
Research shows that what you eat has a direct impact on how you feel1. Many health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and more are directly linked to your diet. Say goodbye to unhealthy food choices and hello to a healthiery you with these tips:
What to eat and avoid to clean your diet
What to eat?
Homemade juices: Fresh and raw vegetables are a great way to boost nutrition and add beneficial enzymes to your body. There is no better time than spring to do this since you’ll have the best access to farm-fresh produce this time of the year. Studies show that consuming juice blends are beneficial to your health2,3. Homemade juices provide extra nutrients to your body and also eliminate toxins. Kale, spinach, wheat grass, alfalfa, arugula, and bok choy are excellent body cleansers.
Drink plenty of water: Drinking water not only keeps your body hydrated, but it promotes better digestion, regular bowel movements, and eliminates toxins. It is recommended that you drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day. Love soda? Spruce up your water with cut lemon or fruit.
Choose organic: If possible, buy organic produce to avoid pesticides and other harmful chemicals. According to the USDA, “organic’’ means free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes. It must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering. Buying local and seasonally available produce can make it a lot easier to stick to organic produce without paying a premium.
What to avoid?
Processed foods: Packaged, pre-cooked dinners, and preservative-laden foods are your body’s worst enemies. The best way to know if your packaged food is processed is to read the food label. Too many ingredients with names that you cannot recognize or pronounce are a good sign to stay away.
Added sugars: As a general rule, try to avoid all foods that have added sugars. Avoid consuming bottled fruit juice from the grocery store and replace it with whole fruit. If you do like juice, prepare it fresh at home without additives like sugar.
Trans Fats: Hydrogenated fats and trans fats are harmful to the heart and increase your risk of diseases. Instead, choose healthy fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. When eaten in moderation, mono and poly fats can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
A great way to kickstart your spring diet is by adding Naturelo’s Raw Greens Powder to your morning smoothy! Pure and clean, it does not contain additives, preservatives, or added sugar.
1. How Your Eating Habits Affect Your Health, May 2017