Spring clean your health regime
By Margaret Wallis–Duffy, Wellness Coach

(NC)—As the warmer weather sets in, so does our appetite for lighter fare and an increased energy level. Spring clean your health regime by treating yourself to wholesome lunch options and an active new lifestyle to get yourself back on track for the summer months. Here are three ways to get you started.

1. Re–introduce activity: After months of using the “it's cold out” excuse for not getting your 45 minutes a day, it is time to get back into the swing of things. Using your lunch break in the middle of the day to enjoy a brisk walk is a great way to get moving again.

2. Clean out the cupboards: A healthy spring diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables – rid your cupboards of things like refined sugars, fatty dairy and soft drinks. Replace these with whole grain breads and cereals, nuts and veggies. Having well–balanced choices on hand for days when you are in a rush can help you avoid grabbing fast food on the go. Stock up on a convenient staple like healthy frozen entrees. Many, such as Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers, are a good source of iron, fibre and contain a whole serving of vegetables.

3. Up the fluid intake: For prime functioning capabilities, our bodies need a lot of water. An easy way to determine your daily intake is to divide your body weight (in pounds) by two. This equals the amount fluid in ounces you should drink per day. Lots of fluids will help rid your body of toxins and fill you up so you don't eat as much. Most of this should be water – avoid sugary drinks. Try to limit your intake of tea and coffee and opt for decaffeinated versions instead.

These three easy steps can help breathe new life into your regime. Lots of fluids, a healthy activity level and a well–balanced diet can lead to increased energy, improved digestion, strengthened immunity and sharper mental abilities. A couple of weeks on your new regime will put that spring back in your step.


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