5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Body & Soul
It’s been over three years since the #1 New York Times best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing came out, but people around the world are still discovering it, and swearing by the methods author Marie Kondo shares.
If you’re not familiar with the book (we recommend you check it out!), Japanese cleaning consultant Marie helps readers tackle messy spaces in a whole new way. Instead of a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, she suggests a category-by-category system based on which items in your house “spark joy.”
You’ve probably heard the saying that your body is your temple, and in the case of a healthy diet, you wouldn’t want to bring in unwanted and useless clutter. Inspired by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, here are a few ways to spring clean your eating routine.
We mean this in more ways than one! Go through your fridge, freezer, and cupboards and get rid of anything that isn’t serving you. That could be everything from a bowl of leftover sweets from the holidays to boxes of processed food that somehow jumped into the shopping cart. Once you’ve cleared out the unhealthy clutter, make a list of fresh and nutrient-dense foods to stock shelves with. Don’t get stuck on the same old stuff either. Create excitement for your next meal by branching out into new ingredients and recipes. Athleta Ambassadors and contributors have shared tons of delicious dishes that can provide some inspiration for your next grocery store haul. If you live in an area that holds farmers’ markets year round, stop by and peruse the booths. The vendors will also be able to answer any questions all the way from “What is this” to “How could I use this in a dish?”
Now that your fridge and pantries are packed with nutritious ingredients, the next step is to use them! Take out food is not as healthy, and the packaging clutters up your fridge, making it harder to see the good stuff (not to mention the trash it creates). Make it easier on yourself by clipping or Pinning a few simple recipes you can whip up during the week. Before you know it, you’ll have a personalized recipe book you can always turn to when your taste buds can’t make a decision. Check out gadgets like the popular Instant Pot for solutions on hot, hearty meals with minimum effort.
If you jumped onto even half the health trends that pop up, you’d have cupboards packed with various vitamins, powders, and tinctures, your calendar would be filled with scheduled cleanses, and you’d waste valuable time trying to determine if it’s better to splash your coffee with milk from cows, almonds, coconuts, or just a big glob of butter. You’ll never keep up, and what might have been a game-changer for one person could be a waste of money for someone else. There will always be a new health claim vying for your attention. Take some time to map out what works for you, and then stick to it. Make a master grocery list of the items you buy most often and use it for all your trips. It’s ok to deviate sometimes to keep your food options fresh, but mostly it’ll help you from getting swayed into purchases you don’t really need.
Take a Look at Labels
Just like Marie preaches making the most of the space in your house, you want to make sure every bite you put into your body deserves to be there. While you want to eat fresh as much as possible, don’t beat yourself up over pre-made items, just be aware of what’s in them. Even “fresh made” meals from the store can have unexpected amounts of sugar and salt. Some of the main culprits to look for on labels include: partially hydrogenated oil, high-fructose corn syrup, BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite, and enriched flour.
Make Your H2O Bottle Your BFF
If you’re like most people, you have a cupboard full of water bottles, most of which probably haven’t had a drop of water in them since they entered your house. Choose one, purge the rest, and then never let the chosen one out of your sight. It’ll serve as a constant reminder to drink water as it bounces around in your bag, rests on your car seat, and perches on your desk at work. If you’re trying to kick a soda habit, pour in some fizzy water and add a lemon or lime slice. The important thing is always to have your bottle near, and full of water. Drinking the recommended amount of water per day (Mayo Clinic suggests About 11.5 cups of fluids a day for women) has so many benefits, among them, clearing out toxins in your body, or in other words, clearing your house of what you don’t need.