Take Spring Cleaning to a New Level: Your Healthy Lifestyle

Celebrating National Nutrition Month each March makes perfect sense to me, because this is the time of year that you start to feel the hope of spring. And with that hope comes the desire to do a little spring cleaning.

This year, I encourage you to take your spring cleaning to another level. Sure, it’s great to tidy up your home, but why not tidy up your lifestyle, as well? Take a moment this March to reflect on your health: Ask yourself how you’re feeling. Really take a close look at the ways you could “clean up” how you eat and the way you participate in life. Pick one or two things that you know you can “clean” and make a pact with yourself to do it.

For example, look in your refrigerator. What do you see? Is there a bunch of food going to waste? Take the time to remove things that have expired and give your refrigerator (and freezer!) a good scrub. Re-organize the food so that you can see everything and try to eat first those foods that are closest to expiration. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel once you open the door to a clean, organized refrigerator! (It feels amazingly similar to a clean closet.)

Or maybe take a look at your activity level. Do you find yourself making excuses for not moving more? How about instead of making excuses, come up with reasons why you should be moving more? Maybe you should move more because you want to stay healthy to play with your grandkids. Or maybe you want to move more so that you aren’t winded after walking up one flight of stairs. Or maybe you want to move more because you want to run your first 5K this summer. Find inspiration and it will motivate you to move more!

March 2015 is the month to "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle!" Why not celebrate by "spring-ing" into action by tidying up your diet and lifestyle! Carpe diem!

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Sara Haas, RDN, LDN, is a Chicago-based dietitian and co-author of the Fertility Foods Cookbook. Read her blog, The Cooking RD, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.