7 Healthy Ways to Jump Into Spring

7 Healthy Ways to Jump Into Spring
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Certified yoga instructor Julie Wilcox created a method that combines yoga, fitness and nutrition, one that she herself practices daily.  Here, she shares with WorldLifestyle ways to breathe new life into your nutrition and fitness plan.

START YOUR DAY WITH EGG WHITES AND BERRIES.  Oatmeal and heart-healthy breakfasts are great for winter, but it”s time for lighter, lower-fat and protein-rich meals that will rev up your metabolism each morning.  Egg whites will do the trick! Whole eggs are healthy and not calorie-heavy, but you want to be careful not to have too many if your cholesterol is high. Wilcox”s advice: Mix one full egg with egg whites. Option 2: Enjoy a cooling bowl of berries, which are low in calories and fat, packed with fiber and full of antioxidants.

DO YOUR CARDIO IN THE MORNING AND EXERCISE OUTSIDE. Your body continues to burn calories for up to two hours after a workout, and exercise reduces hunger (unless you use it as an excuse to overeat). Maximize your output and let your energy burn all day long. Additionally, studies show that exercising outdoors is more challenging and tends to burn more calories than exercising indoors.

YOGA & WEIGHT TRAINING. Hoping for lean, toned muslces for the beach? Make sure to get to yoga class at least twice a week and lift weights 1-2 times per week (you can do both right here on the Julie Wilcox Method). Yoga also reduces stress levels. Stress causes cortisol levels to rise and cortisol increases appetite, fatigue and storage of fat in fat cells.

GRAB A SNACK OF GREEN JUICE OR MATCHA TEA.  If you”re used to snacking on more groundling foods like nuts and bars, switch them out for a green juice or Matcha tea with chia seeds.  These snacks are cooling, packed with nutrients and are both energizing and lighter for spring.  If you”re going for a green juice that contains added fruit juice, opt for the smallest size so that you”re not consuming extra calories.

SKIP MAIN COURSES.  If you are eating out for dinner, skip main courses. Order two appetizers or make a light meal out of 2-3 small veggie sides. Skip the bread basket.

REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION TO ONE DRINK A WEEK.  Alcoholic calories add up, and fat cells absorb them more than they do nutritious food. Instead, try sparkling water in a wine glass with a slice of fresh lime.

SLEEP.  Sleep governs all of our systems. It refreshes our energy and balances our hormones. It also boosts metabolism. Aim for 7-8 hours a night!

Wilcox co-founded and co-owned New York”s ISHTA Yoga Studios.  She has taught yoga at renowned yoga events at The Omega Institute, Kripalu and The Yoga Journal Conference.

Wilcox”s wellness articles and videos are featured in Forbes, MindBodyGreen and on FoxNewsHealth.

Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.