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5 Ways to Clean Up Your Diet This Summer

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Diet This Summer

If you are like most people, you go through periods of time where you splurge on your favorite foods. Don't stress if you fall off the health food wagon. We all need a cheat day here and there! But then it's time to clean up your diet and get back to your routine. 

Here are five easy ways to clean up your diet. 

1. Decrease Your Sugar Intake

Sugar certainly gives you an energy burst, but it is terrible for your body in every other regard. Do your best to reduce your sugar intake to 10 percent of your daily calories. Whittle this percentage down over time until you are in the low single digits. 

Ideally, you will replace all artificial sugars with natural sugars from fruits and vegetables. Avoid artificial sugars for a full week and you might just be surprised at how sweet fresh fruit tastes. 

The bottom line is that there is a suitable substitute for just about every artificial sugar food and drink. Switch out those sugar-laden sodas for seltzer or water with freshly squeezed lemon or lime. Make the transition from sugar-infused coffee to black coffee or coffee with cream. With a little bit of creativity, you can transform a diet that is chock full of sugar into one that has little if any artificial sources of sugar.

2. Incorporate More Vegetables into Your Diet

If you slacked off on your vegetable intake over the winter, you are not alone. It can be challenging to find high-quality produce during the winter months. Thankfully, summer is here, and it brings all sorts of fresh and tasty vegetables along with it. 

Do your best to reduce your sugar intake to 10 percent of your daily calories.

Chow down on spinach, kale, lettuce, eggplant, squash and other nutrient-packed vegetables. Incorporate them into each meal of the day in place of comparatively unhealthy side dishes. Or, act like a vegetarian and make vegetables the centerpiece of the meal!

3. Cut Back on Processed Foods

Processed foods rarely benefit the human body in any way. These pre-packaged foods are full of salt, sugar and calories that your body does not need. Sure, they are convenient, but your body will pay the price over time. 

Clean eating is all about replacing as many processed foods as you can with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains with complex (as opposed to simple) carbohydrates. Such healthy replacements actually fuel your body with the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals it needs. They are a stark contrast to processed foods that do just about nothing to benefit your health and biological functions.

4. Pulse Up!

The United Nations has labeled 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. This food category might sound a bit obscure as its moniker has not exactly made it into the mainstream. Foods that qualify for the category include chickpeas, lentils, peas and beans. 

You can roast chickpeas, add them to a salad or make your own hummus. Lentils can be added to soups and salads. Beans are perfect for tacos, burritos and as a dip for vegetables. Find a way to incorporate them into your diet over the next few months and join the movement. 

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5. Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

Nutritionists widely agree that alcohol does more harm than good for the body. A single serving contains around 150 calories. Do your best to minimize your alcohol consumption while getting back on the clean eating track. Although alcohol can make you feel good, it also dehydrates your body.

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