Can you believe it’s already March?! January felt like forever, February passed in the blink of an eye and then BAM…March arrived! March is the official month of spring (March 20th is the first, official day of spring). It’s a great reason to do out with the old and in with the new.
Instead of talking about how to spring clean your closet or house, we thought it’d be appropriate to share our top tips on how to spring clean your diet. Don’t think of diet as a chore. Instead, change your perception and think of it as a lifestyle. Start implementing these simple tips one at a time and you’ll start to see your life transform for the better.
1. Spend time tracking what you eat
Take one week and track what you consume. This means every meal, snack and drink. Don’t necessarily change anything this first week, rather use it to gain a sense of awareness. Of course, tracking every morsel is not a sustainable way of enjoying and living everyday life. However, doing so for a week or two will give you a better understanding of what you’re eating and how you can make minor adjustments to a healthier diet. Not to mention, help you reach your health goals as well! There are many free calorie tracking apps. My Fitness Pal is easy to use and shows you everything from your calorie consumption to sugar/fiber intake and more! This will teach you what nutrients you may be lacking and what you might be overconsuming.
2. Acknowledge how different foods make you feel
The majority of the human population is unaware of what healthy eating actually means. Our society is saturated with yoyo diets and the latest trends. In reality, we’ve overcomplicated the idea of healthy eating. It’s as easy as eating whole foods and recognizing how it makes you feel. A poptart and a big bowl of fruit each are around 200 calories. Although the calories are around the similar, each will leave you feeling quite differently. A bowl of fruit is full of natural sugar and tons of nutrients, leaving you feeling energized. On the contrary, a poptart is full of refined sugar and processed ingredients, leaving you feeling sluggish. Simply recognizing how different foods make you feel is a simple step in the right direction to a healthier you.
3. Ask yourself: Is there something you’re consuming that you could do without?
It’s easy to not think about the calories in your morning coffee or mid-day vitamin water. Reality is, these drinks we consume as a part of our routine contain calories that add up. Coffee is fine to drink to caffeinate you in the morning, but have you ever thought about how much sugar and creamer is put into that Starbucks latte? Unfortunate news flash: it doesn’t taste that good because it’s healthy. How about that vitamin water advertised as being healthy and full of vitamins? Yeah well, that’s full of fake sugar (and calories) as well. I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news by any means. If anything, just recognize the liquids you consume subconsciously. Decide what’s appropriate to keep in your diet and what you might be able to do without.
4. Identify resources to help you establish a sustainable diet
Of course, as a healthy meal prep company we’re in the business to make healthy eating as easy and convenient as possible for you. All of our meals are approved by the Dietitians of Palm Valley (DOPV). We work with DOPV to ensure our meals suit the needs of all people. I encourage you to reach out for their help if you really want to fine tune your diet, so you know exactly what your body needs!
5. Stick with it
This is often the “hardest” part. Creating a habit that turns into a lifestyle does not happen overnight. It takes effort and practice overtime. However, I promise you after so many days, it gets easier and in turn, becomes a more sustainable lifestyle. Keep in mind it takes 21 days to form a habit.
I still encourage you to indulge in that pizza or ice cream as a treat every so often. That’s the beauty of eating healthy as a lifestyle. You can indulge in balance and still be on track to reaching your health goals!