Spring time means Summer bikini weather is not far behind. Yikes!
Don’t worry though, there are several things you can do to ramp up for your Spring weight loss — from cleaning out your house to detoxing your body right before you start your or restart the 17 Day Diet.
For me, I find when my house isn’t cluttered and my refrigerator is cleaned out, my brain has the space it needs to get psyched up to start my weight loss program.
Here are a few ways to Spring Clean Your Life and Diet to help prepare your mind AND your body to be receptive to losing those stubborn pounds just in time for Summer.
You already know the food types you are supposed to eat on the 17 Day Diet, but here are just a few more ways to get ready for the big weight loss:
1. Clean out refrigerator and freezer
Throw out all expired food items and restock with new foods such as fresh veggies, meats such as chicken and turkey and a few frozen items such as broccoli and cauliflower (for those budget conscious dieters).
Get rid of sodas, sweets and other harmful “foods” not approved for the 17 Day Diet.
2. Clean out pantry
Throw out expired food items, consolidate boxed food such as pasta, rice and grains to make room for new and healthy food.
If you’re on Cycles 2 or 3, stock up on healthy legumes and grains.
Get rid of crackers, chips and anything else not approved for your 17 Day Diet program.
3. Replace old pots and pans
Cooking equipment that may be old and chipping away can be very unhealthy. Consider replacing your old scratched up Teflon pans with cooking utensils that are better for your health.
I personally am in the process of getting rid of each frying one by one and replacing it with already seasoned cast iron!
In fact, my newest cast iron skillet is over 60 years old.
4. Restock your gym bag
Add new tunes to your iPod, buy a new white, crisp towel, or buy new running/walking shoes that keep your feet safe from injury.
Adding a few new items to your gym bag for those “treadmill” days will give you the extra motivation to get your 17 minutes of exercise in.
5. Clean your living space
Deep cleaning such as dusting and mopping makes for a healthier home environment.
Who wants to be breathing in those dust bunnies? Not me!
We all know that deep breathing helps you lose more weight. Why not start your Spring Diet off the right way by deep breathing fresh, clean air.
6. De-clutter your living space
Get rid of clutter in the corners, in the closets and under your bed.
Clutter keeps your brain from doing what it needs to do — focusing on the goal at hand without distraction. Studies have shown that clutter reduces productivity due to lack of concentration.
I know this might sound strange, but once I decluttered all of the items I was storing under my bed, my sleep was better!
7. Make your bedroom your sanctuary
Remove the TV, de-clutter and place candles, lavender scent and beautiful images to provide yourself a peaceful, comfortable and tranquil living space.
Getting a restful night is the key to successful weight loss.
8. Detox your body
After you have “detoxed” your home, start your weight loss with a liver detox.
Ridding your body of its harmful toxins will help your liver work stronger and more efficient to help you lose weight.
9. Stock up on healthy recipes
Planning a week ahead with healthy and delicious recipes and meal plans will ensure you will stay motivated on your weight loss plan.
Gone are the days stressing over what to make for dinner after a long day at work.
Easing stress will help your body release pounds (and keep you from stopping by the fast food drive in on the way home from the office).
10. Get help if you really need it
We are all busy and sometimes a helping hand is just what we need.
If you’re too busy to plan and want a bit of extra help, there are many recipe books and meal plans that will make your life much easier.
Consider participating in my annual Fresh & Clean 17 Spring Cleanse Challenge. We begin in April and doors open about a month before we begin!
I’ve been loving the 17 Day Diet since 2011. As you know, your health & wellness is a life-long journey and food is one piece of the puzzle. I love sharing my favorite healthy recipes and meal plans to keep you motivated and on the right path to success!
When I’m not hanging out here, I enjoy quick trips to the Oregon Coast, helping you with your anti-aging & skincare needs over at my Avon store (come say hi!!), and helping you achieve better health through nature with my other love, Busy Bee’s Wellness Co.