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Spring is right around the corner! With the change of season, think about changing your diet a little too. During this time, spring cleaning is often performed around your house, but what about to your body, diet and exercise? There's always some tweaking and cleaning up that can be done to improve what you're already doing.

For starters, are you getting all the fruits and veggies you should be in your day? Try to include a fruit and/or a veggie with all meals. Try swapping out a salty or sweet nutritionally void snack for carrots and hummus or apple slices and peanut butter or cinnamon and sugar. Shoot for a goal of at least 2 cups of fruits and 2 cups of veggies each day.

Think your drink. I'm always encouraging increased awareness of liquid calories, but if you're already watching them and using sugar-free options, that's great for your diet, but why not try to simplify a little more? Try just water, or flavor it yourself by adding different kinds of fruits such as lemon, lime, orange, apple or strawberries. They will add a subtle touch of flavor without any added ingredients or artificial flavors. Also, try to cut down on the sugar in your coffee or tea. Stick with skim milk and try and use half of the sweetener you normally would. Try adding cinnamon or vanilla to your coffee to give it a little extra flavor without anything more artificial.

Get outside. Take advantage of the slowly warming weather. Soak in that vitamin D (in moderation of course!). Even if it's just a quick walk around the block, try and get outside at least 5 times a week or if possible, use your legs instead of your car to run errands.

Finally, think about giving yourself a little time each day to unwind and unplug. Instead of reaching for your phone or the remote, grab a book or just take in your surroundings and really appreciate the great things in your life.

Happy Spring Everyone!


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@ 4:11pm ET on March 28, 2013
How do I get my body bikini ready in June. My belly is too bloated. I want to go from 150 to 125 by summer.

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