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How to Spring Clean Your Lifestyle

February 4th, 2020 Posted in Lifestyle

MARCH BRINGS ABOUT favorable weather changes and the turn of spring. While children are getting excited for spring break and outdoor activities, adults are simply enjoying the extended daylight when they leave the office. Although seasonal changes bring sunshine and warmth, our schedules also become busier and busier – with after-school activities, sporting practices and longer evenings spent outdoors. These hectic schedules cause many families to fall off the healthy-eating wagon. Nutritious family dinners are pushed to the side, while takeout and quick, on-the-go dinners become more frequent. And by now, many have unintentionally learned to forgo their New Year’s resolutions. There’s no better time than the turn of the season to spring clean your lifestyle and get your family back on track. This spring, make a goal to start with small, attainable changes that can help lead to better overall health.

The objective of spring cleaning your lifestyle is to refocus yourself, your family and others toward trying new foods and making healthy choices. Out with the old and in with the new – foods, that is! It’s often helpful to think about the foods you can have (as opposed to the foods you can’t), and focus on creating an eating style with a variety of those choices included. This may require taking bites of new foods that you’re not already familiar with.

But it’s not always easy for kids – or adults – to be open to trying new things, so this spring, I challenge you to make it a family and community affair. Making changes on your own can be seen as a burden; therefore, it’s important to enlist support from those around you.

Take the “spring cleaning” challenge:

1. Commit your entire family to trying a new fruit and vegetable each week during the month of March. Make this fun by having the kids rank the new food on a scale from 1 to 10.

2. Plan your meals to include different colored vegetables throughout the week (perhaps on Mondays, have the kids find a new yellow vegetable to try).

3. Swap out your standard grain for a whole grain half the nights of the week. Or try a new grain entirely, such as quinoa or couscous.

4. If you eat out often, make it a goal to cook a meal at home one or two nights during the week (try this quick and easy recipe the whole family will love).

5. Substitute plant-based proteins into one of your standard recipes (i.e. beans in place of meat in chili, tacos and more).

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