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Spring Cleaning – 5 New Ways to Eat Healthier

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There is something about the freshness of spring that can inspire people to make changes or start something new.  Or, maybe after procrastinating for a few months, they are just finally getting around to those New Year’s resolutions. I know for me, spring is when I think about re-evaluating my eating habits and trying to eat “cleaner”. One way to hit the reset button is to do a cleanse.

Many people are under the impression that a cleanse is this intense process that costs a bunch of money and has lots of complicated rules. That doesn’t have to be the case. Use these five easy tips to find a more fit and fabulous you:

1) Baby Steps.

Do a little bit at a time. Try giving your body a rest for a week every month, or indulge only one day a week for a whole summer, or do a light cleanse every three months, something like that. Not only is it easier to follow, but a lot healthier for your body in the long term.

2) Trim The Fat

According to Forbes, people on diets are spending about $85 per week on food (that’s a whopping 50% more than the average single American spends). The good news is you don’t have to! To save money, approach eating like the French do and don’t deny yourself; simply tone it down a little. Start by cutting out things that have the biggest impact, but only a little at a time. For example, let’s say you are in the habit of drinking a glass of red wine with dinner. Try instead to have ½ a glass with dinner four days a week, and drink water the other three days.

3) More Greens, Less Grains

In addition to cutting back a little on certain indulgences, choose a week every once in awhile to eat “simple and clean”. But, it doesn’t have to be boring. Having a piece of salmon drizzled with olive oil and a side of asparagus instead of a chicken breast with brown rice and broccoli is a lot more appetizing and much healthier.

4) Swap

Find healthy substitutions for your favorite foods. Use herbs and spices with olive oil instead of salt and butter to flavor your food. I like to make a dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a little Dijon mustard. It’s simple and healthy but packs a punch when it comes to flavor. Keep in mind everyone has his or her own unique eating habits.  The point here is not to put undue stress on your system by making drastic changes. Someone who normally eats a pop tart for breakfast, Quizzno’s for lunch, and pizza with soda for dinner is going to make different adjustments than someone who normally eats fruit for breakfast, a steak salad for lunch, and sushi for dinner.  You know when you feel good after you eat something and you know when you feel bad so listen to your body.

5) Drink Tea

The final trick is to find some herbs to help things along. The point of cleansing is to rid your body of toxins. When you flush your system, it releases these toxins into your body first and if you don’t eliminate them they will be reabsorbed which can make your health worse. There are forms of elimination in addition to urination and bowel movements including skin brushing, sweating, and blowing your nose.

As always, be sure to consult with your doctor first. Not only is it dangerous (maybe even fatal) if done improperly, it may backfire on you. Weight gain and blemishes are common results of improper cleansing. That being said, it really can be this easy. Take a little time up front to educate yourself about nutrition and how your body works, then just take things a day at a time.

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