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Foods to Spring-Clean Your Diet

by Heather McCoy, owner of Wellness from Within Holistic Health Coaching

Spring! ‘Tis the perfect season to clean up your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. It’s natural at this time of year to want to shed those extra winter pounds. Many people think they need to do this through a drastic cleanse but nature gives useverything we need to detox. The safest way to detox naturally is by eating whole foods and, in particular, some of nature’s super foods. This is easier than you might think and won’t even require a lot of fancy cooking. Here are my top three spring detox foods that will be sure to leave you feeling lighter.

  • Greens: Adding dark leafy greens to your diet is my number one recommendation for a spring detox. Greens like kale, swiss chard and dandelion root help clean out our livers and are loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids. Both of these work to prevent free radicals in our bodies which contribute to aging. Even better, dark leafy greens are full of fiber and nutrients, but low in carbohydrates and calories. You can eat as many greens as you want without gaining weight because fiber helps us to feel full and prevents us from reaching for those afternoon snacks. Mix greens into your salads or prepare an easy sauté in your skillet with a dash of olive oil and garlic. Cook for about two minutes and you’ll have a delicious and healthy snack or meal.
  • Water: You’ve probably heard it more times than you’d like to remember but one of the most effective ways to detox is by increasing your water intake.  Water flushes toxins from our bodies, helps improve our complexions and, similar to fiber, helps us to feel full. I often tell my clients that if they feel a craving coming on to try drinking a glass of water before giving in to the craving. Water is also key to good digestive health and proper elimination. If we aren’tgetting rid of wastes properly we are less likely to lose weight and more likely to have digestive issues. I recommend people stick to the tried-and-true rule of six to eight glasses of water a day. My motto: “A glass a day keeps the pounds away.”
  • Strawberries: The peak for strawberries is from April to June and here in Central New York, we have plenty of you-pick farms to keep us loaded up on this super fruit. Strawberries are sweet, juicy, and pack a real nutritional punch. In a one-cup offering you will take in 3.5 grams of fiberand meet 100 percent of your daily needed intake of vitamin C. For the best flavor, try to buy strawberries grown close to home. They will be fresher and will suffer less damage in transit. Eat strawberries on their own, mixed in with a little yogurt, tossed in a salad, or added to a fruit salad.

The beauty of spring is that we begin to feel light and airy, spending more time outside and soaking in the sunshine. The foods listed here will help you to increase those feelings and aid in weight loss. So, put down that boxed cleansing product and head to the grocery store!

 I’m Heather McCoy, owner of Wellness from Within Holistic Health Coaching.

Wellness from Within offers a unique approach to health counseling.  Recognizing that no one diet works for everyone, I offer a personalized program tailor made for you and your health concerns.  I can assist you in a variety of health issues with specialized knowledge in weight loss without deprivation and struggle, whole foods nutrition for hormone balance, especially thyroid health, and increasing vital energy. I also incorporate eating locally and seasonally into my clients’ programs, as I believe it’s the right thing to do for our health, the environment, and for our valued family farms

Heather McCoy is not affiliated with Syracuse University; this is a sponsored post.


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