Spring is in the air and that means time to clean out our closets, our garages, and now our pantries! Instead of trying another juice cleanse or detox diet (spoiler alert: they don’t work), here are 4 simple tips to spring clean your diet.
1. Fill up on fiber. Fiber is only found in plant foods so you’ll need to fuel up on plants to reap its benefits. Veggies are the best source, and for an even lower calorie choice, double up on non-starchy veggies before eating your starch at meals. Fiber is important for digestion because it keeps things moving through the GI tract. It reduces constipation and promotes colon health, as well as reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (by lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar). Fiber will help keep you full so it’s definitely your friend if you’re trying to lose weight.
2. Eat fermented foods. Probiotics are good bacteria that eat prebiotics found in plant foods. By eating fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, miso, and kombucha, you’re adding probiotics to your gut!
3. Drink water and eat water-containing foods. Water helps flush out waste and improve digestion. In addition to drinking water throughout the day (start with ½ your body weight in ounces), you can incorporate high water volume foods into your diet. Things like watermelon, grapes, and bell peppers are great examples!
4. Choose antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidants fight free radicals to help reduce the risk of diseases like cancer. They also reduce inflammation throughout the body. Plant foods contain an abundance of antioxidants so be sure to fuel up on all the colors of the rainbow to reap the most benefits. Berries of all kinds are known for their rich antioxidant content, as well as spinach, and tomatoes.