Spring is here are summer is right around the corner. That means heading to the beach and bearing it all in a swimming suit. Feeling a little less than confident about your beach body? You are not alone. Having more personalized healthcare can help you create a more complete health and wellness plan.
Winter is commonly associated with sedentary lifestyles and comfort foods, which can wreak havoc on your diet and fitness goals. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the better weather and restructure your healthy eating plan. When you are finished spring cleaning your home of excess junk, take a second look at your diet.
Drink more water
Hopefully you have kept this practice up all winter long, but unfortunately, most of us are not drinking enough water. Staying hydrated helps your body detox and flush toxins as well as giving you more energy, brighter skin and a stronger immune system.
The list of benefits of drinking water is endless, but as the temperatures rise, especially if you spend more time outside, you will need to drink more water than usual to stay well hydrated.
Eat more fresh foods
The best part about spring is the return of fresh, local produce. Take advantage of your local farmer’s markets and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. Buying in season is usually less expensive to, so you can eat healthier this season without spending more money like you might have to in the winter.
Buying locally also means you are closer to the source, so your food will be fresher and more nutrient rich than food that has been sitting in the grocery store for weeks. Many local farmers are also switching or currently practicing organic methods, freeing your foods from any chemicals and other unwanted elements.
Eat less processed foods
Now that you have a full fridge of fresh foods from the farmer’s market, you can begin to eliminate processed packaged foods. The closer your food is to its natural state, the more nutrient rich it will be. Therefore, buying processes foods often means less nutrients, and eating those kinds of foods can leave you feeling deprived.
This not only lowers your body’s immune system, making you more susceptible to illness and disease, but also can lead to overeating and weight gain. Replacing as many processed foods with the fresh equivalent will help you stay healthy and satisfied.
Give yourself a goal
If you have completed the previous steps, you are on a great track for a more healthy diet this spring. Take it even further by giving yourself a new goal to accomplish before summer arrives to have you looking and feeling your best.
The goal doesn’t matter so much, as long as it is reasonable, attainable and has a specific timeline. Some good examples include cutting out sugar, eating less salt, giving up potato chips or even eating more vegetables. Any set goal is progress towards a healthier you.