3 Easy Ways to “Spring Clean” Your Life
“Spring Cleaning” usually inspires us to air out and clean up. Don’t be limited to just cleaning out your house and your environment. Take steps for cleaning up your lifestyle for increased health & happiness.
If you want a stronger body, better health and more positive attitude, consider freshening up these 3 areas:
- Your Habits
Letting go of old habits and thought patterns is a must. It’s time to clear the clutter in our mind and make room for a more empowering mindset. When your head is in the right place you will find it easier to create habits that support growth and improvement.
Take inventory of your daily thoughts and habits and let go of the ones that keep you stuck.
For instance do you repeat negative phrases to yourself like…
‘What’s wrong with me?’
‘Why can’t I lose weight?
‘I don’t like eating healthy food’
‘I don’t like my body.’
Replace any disempowering thoughts with Powerful ‘I Am’ affirmations.
‘I am giving my best effort.’
‘I am committed to eating a healthier diet.’
‘Everyday in everyway I am getting better and better.’
Create rituals that remind you to act as your best self. Breaking bad habits is challenging but you can begin to replace old habits with new ‘micro’ habits that are easy to do. The word micro reminds you to start small and build upon your new habits slowly. Don’t try to change too much too fast, slow and steady wins this race.
- Your Diet “Clean Your Plate”
Eating clean translates into training yourself to enjoy the healthiest food choices. Think of it as getting back to the basics: consume more vegetables and fruits, better carbohydrate & protein choices, and healthier fats. The recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables from most nutrition experts is 7-9 servings. Aim to fill half your plate with colorful fruits and veggies at every meal.
It’s important to get clear as to where you’re starting from and build upon that. If you are only eating 1-2 servings of daily try adding in 2 more servings daily each week. Keep a fruit bowl on your counter and fill it with fresh fruits that don’t need to be kept in the fridge like apples, pears, cherry tomatoes, bananas and oranges. Grab a piece of fruit whenever you walk by the bowl. For evening snacking ditch the chips and slice up cucumbers, bell peppers and zucchini and dip into Greek tzatziki cucumber yogurt dip or hummus.
If you want to perform at your best, eat meals that are balanced and full of nutrition. Remember we also need about 25 grams of fiber daily and staying hydrated is key especially in the summer months ahead. Aim to drink half your weight in ounces of water daily.
Here are a few examples of healthy carbohydrate meals that will give you a boost of energy.
- Sprouted wheat bagel with small amount of natural peanut butter
- Granola Cereal with almond milk
- Hummus with carrots or pita bread
- Pasta with veggies
- A nutritious smoothie with a handful of spinach, berries, (or other frozen fruit), a small scoop of protein powder and coconut water.
When it comes to your optimal diet it’s important to find what works for you. I recommend getting tested for any food allergies that might be sapping your energy and making you feel sluggish.
- Your Workout Routine
Create or reevaluate your fitness goals. If you want to improve your performance for a specific sport, then be sure to incorporate a workout that focuses on the muscles and skills you need most. Remember it also incredibly important to balance your body with different types of workouts and cross training that gives your body a well-rounded exercise routine.
Make a point to also enjoy outdoor activities like swimming and gardening. Evolve your workout with the motivation only spring can bring and remember to get ready for swimsuit season.
If working out is not in your routine; make it a point to speak with a Personal Fitness Trainer or Health & Fitness Coach who can guide you in creating a suitable program based on your current needs and goals.
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