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Q: What are some tips for cleaning up my diet for spring?

Posted March 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: With spring finally here, it’s time to think about spring cleaning. When most of us think of spring cleaning, we think of the traditional cleaning and organizing, but here are a few tips for your health:

• Change your workout and reduce stress. All winter long we have been doing the same routine. Enjoy the nice weather and move your routine outside. Take a brisk walk or go for a bike ride.

• In with the new and out with the old. This is a good time to go through the refrigerator and throw away all the expired foods. Check the expiration dates on jars, cans and staples such as condiments and salad dressings to make sure you are not exceeding the expiration dates.

• The truly natural cleansing tool. Drinking water is absolutely vital to good health. It is important that you drink water before you actually feel thirsty. Your goal should be drinking at least half of your body’s weight in water per day. If you have trouble drinking 8 ounces of water at a time, try drinking water in 4- to 6-ounce quantities more often.

• More matters. It’s not often we say the more the better. However, when it comes to fruit and vegetable intake, more matters. Plus, it’s also the perfect time of the year for fresh produce.

For more information on healthier eating, contact one of your local Hy-Vee dietitians. The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

Contact your Ankeny Hy-Vee dietitians for further questions, 515-964-0900 (410 N. Ankeny Blvd.) or 515-963-3130 (2510 S.W. State St.).

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