Do You Need To Spring Clean Your Diet?

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on April 3, 2015

Do You Need To Spring Clean Your Diet?

Spring in Minnesota is really one of the most magical times of the year. After enduring a long and cold winter, the first hint of warm weather and the smell of budding flowers create a wave of joy that is apparent in every city around the state.  With that, I think all of us try to use spring as a time to do an overhaul on our homes to create the feeling of cleanliness within our lives. It is also a time to start from scratch and get rid of junk that always tends to accumulate. Sometimes I think we all forget that a clean body is equally as beneficial as a clean home. Why not use the energy you have to revitalize your diet and routine while you rejuvenate your home? I recently adopted this mentality when I completed the whole life challenge that Dr.Tivy and I were part of last month. It was tough at first, but I found that cutting sugar and processed foods out of my diet gave me a whole new perspective on my eating habits.
There are several ways that you can re-train yourself to eat healthier and make better choices, which ultimately will give way to a healthier lifestyle. I think the first step is to get rid of all the processed junk that hides in your cabinets and fridge. If you are anything like me, having anything of that nature lurking around is just trouble waiting to happen. Eliminating that option is the first step to kicking the sugar urge. Along with that though, getting rid of high fat and processed items such as mayo, ranch and creamers will be a great step as well. I started putting more vinagrettes, coconut milk and hummus in its place. 
The second part of this process is to get stocked up. While cleaning out the fridge is always a gratifying process, stocking it up with bright, colorful and healthy items will be just as exciting! My only recommendation would be to only buy what you need. Meal planning makes it easy to avoid the "aimless roaming around cart filling" that tends to happen when you don’t have a list or a plan. Plus fresh fruit and vegetables tend to spoil so easily that it ends up being incredibly wasteful to buy too much!
Lastly, the key to switching up your food routine is to incorporate things you have never tried before. Hate mushrooms? Try sautéing some and putting it in a stir fry that you won’t even notice them in! Never been a fan of tomatoes? Ease into it by trying a yummy caprese skewer! 
When in doubt, you can always check Pinterest for an easy, healthy meal plan. We even have a Pinterest page for our Ideal Protein weight loss program. Our IP coach, Stephanie updates it weekly with tasty meal and snack recipes! 
Everyone has a goal when it comes to their health, and we are here to help you along the way!
-Erin Sontowski
4/3/2015


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