Spring is the perfect time to rethink your old health and fitness habits and try out some new ones. Cleaning out your pantry and making healthy swaps can help you feel refreshed in the same way that cleaning out your closet does. Here are some ideas from PersonalCare Physicians to get you started:
Dr. Taglieri suggests cutting back on alcohol, added sugar, salt, and processed foods. Replace them with more fruits and veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, and probiotics. Read more: 10 ways to spring-clean your diet.
Eat more fiber.
A recent study showed that only 5% of people in the U.S. eat the recommended amount of fiber. A fiber-rich diet is associated with many health benefits and reduces risk of heart attacks and obesity. Dr. Barke recommends a product called Fiber Plus by Ortho Molecular – it’s a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Dr. Barke says to start with small victories.
I sometimes chuckle while giving out advice to a patient – I realize that I was speaking to myself. You see it is so darn easy to fix other people’s problems: nutrition, exercise, marital/relationship problems etc. But, these things are some of the most difficult and important changes any of us could make. So let me give you (and me) a simple concept – first make your bed. No this isn’t my idea but it is worth considering.
Get a small victory under your belt (like spring cleaning) – a new positive habit. Next, clean up your side of the bedroom – now you are 2 for 2. You can translate this idea of very small manageable victories to almost any aspect of your life:
- Eat one piece of fruit every day
- Drink an extra glass of water daily
- Take a 5 minute walk after dinner
- Take the stairs
- Hug your spouse once a day
You get the idea. Hope this helps – I’m going to eat an apple now and give my wife a hug.
Consult with your PersonalCare Physician on small changes that can have a big impact on your health and wellness.