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Spring Cleaning Tips from Diabetes & Wellness

April is a month of renewal, as we are feeling the seasonal changes that come with the spring rains. Use your spring cleaning energy to improve your overall health and well-being by taking stock of the foods you allow into your home.  Consider cleaning out your home food storage areas.  The best diet is the "Don't Buy it ". Purge your pantry; frisk your fridge and freezer! Imagine patting your home food storage areas down for weapons of  diet destruction.

  • Look for "Food insurgents" like those with added sugars. Examples include: sodas, candy, cookies, fruit flavored yogurt, canned fruit in syrup, and dry sugar sweetened cereals. If sugar is listed as one of the first ingredients on the food label, than that item is packing potential for diet damage.
  • Switch out highly processed grains, such as white rice or white breads for less processed grains like brown rice, quinoa, barley and oats.
  • Check out the food labels on the items you have in your home.Remove foods that contain any trans-fats and discard items that have more then 140 mg of sodium.

Once you remove these key ingredients of diet sabotage, remember to re-stock your kitchen with as many whole foods as possible. Now get in there and start cleaning your way to a happier, healthier you!

By Lisa Harrington, MS, RDN, LD

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