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May 19, 2016

5 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet

Winter has finally come to a close, and the warmer months of spring have arrived! Trees are budding, flowers are sprouting, and you can begin cleaning out the house and wardrobe for the new season.

You don't have to go crazy with juice cleanses and overly-restrictive detox diets. Incorporating minimally processed foods back into your diet and creating good habits is all you need to boost your energy and spring forward into better health!

A lot of people spring clean their house, so why not spring clean your body as well?

5 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet

Eat more seasonal veggies!

  • Cabbage is on the cusp of winter and spring seasons, and it is a fresh way to boost your vitamin C and fiber. Who doesn't love a delicious and crunchy salad for the first cookout of the season?
  • Asparagus is an amazing source of folate, a B vitamin that will help boost your mood. It is also the perfect thing to accompany scrambled eggs at breakfast, or fresh salmon at dinner.
  • Artichokes are loaded with magnesium - a mineral that is essential for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. They are a great source of energy!

Cut out the big bad: sugar.

The new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines stress the importance of cutting back on added sugar in our diets. Beverages alone account for almost half (47%) of all added sugars consumed by the U.S. population!

A great way to ease your way off of sugary sodas is to add True Citrus to your water. Made with simple and clean ingredients, True Citrus products are free of chemicals, sodium, gluten, and artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

Minimize alcohol intake.

Alcohol has no nutritional benefit to the body, and it often contains added sugars and calories. With the sunshine lingering later into the evening, nothing is more tempting than enjoying a cocktail on a warm patio. Give your liver a break this spring, and cut back your alcohol intake

Reduce sodium.

Consuming too much sodium has been linked to bloating, heart problems, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and a wide range of other health issues. Cleanse your body by cutting it out! One of the easiest ways to cut back on sodium is to cook at home rather than eating out. Experiment with different sodium-free seasonings and only add salt at the very end. The flavor will be stronger, but you will use much less. Here are more great tips on how to reduce sodium with alternative seasonings.

Drink up!

Boosting your hydration in springtime is the best way to jump-start your metabolism. Staying hydrated will also reduce the urge for snacking, but just be sure you don't end up drinking your calories. Try adding True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade to your water or seltzer. The delicious flavor will encourage you to drink more!

You may have some lingering habits from wintertime that can be difficult to break. Luckily, using these five steps will get you ready for skimpy-clothing season in no time!

[Credit: Marturana, Amy. "New Dietary Guidelines Are Officially Here to Remind Us How Bad Sugar Is." Well + Good.]
[Credit: Kadey, Matthew. "Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet." Runner's World.]
[Credit: Amidor, Toby. "5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet." Food Network.]
[Credit: "Top 10 Superfoods for Spring." Health.]