Spring cleaning is for new beginnings ---out with the old and in with the new. Spring is a time of renewal, hope and getting organized. Spring is a time to move forward (they don't call it Spring ahead for nothing.) And now that Spring has sprung, it's also time to devise a plan to gain ridiculous health. Here are three things you can do now to get yourself ready for Spring:
- Rethink your Pantry: Spring cleaning isn't only for clearing out your closets. Your pantry needs attention too. While you're in cleanup mode take an honest assessment of the food you've got stored. Clearing your pantry of foods that are canned, packaged, boxed or in a carton is an excellent and healthful new beginning. Rid your pantry of foods that are GMO, contain salt, additives, preservatives and colorings and swap these foods out for high amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and good fats, like avocados and coconut.
- Start your Summer Seeds: If you have a sunny window, you have everything you need to sow your own seeds for the upcoming summer season. Planting your own organic, Non-GMO seeds in containers or in dirt is a rewarding and grounding experience. It also gives you a sense of control over what you're eating and feeding your family. Seeds sowed in Spring should be ready for planting in late May. To get Non-GMO, organic seeds go to www.seedsnow.com
- Put that fitness goal into action: Spring means summer is around the corner. You've been meaning to get moving but the winter has been cold and you been unmotivated. When the skies turn from gray to blue and the temperatures rise, it can feel very up-lifting. This makes it easier to put your fitness goals into action. Walking, running and biking are all good ways to move. Three months of focused, consistent activity along with proper diet is enough time to transform your body for the beach. You may also want to enlist a friend or hire a trainer to help you toward your goal.
Your health is eighty-percent diet, twenty percent activity. That means what you eat is more important than how much you move. Seriously, diet is everything. Spring is the introduction to our season's best; apricots, artichokes, asparagus, avocado, carrots, chives, fava beans, fennel, leeks, mangos, morels, peas, pineapples, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach and watercress come into season during this time. Making space for these foods to replace processed foods in your pantry, sowing your own seeds for summer harvest and setting a fitness goal, no matter now small, with steer you toward the good health you deserve!