Can Spring Cleaning Lead to a Cleaner Diet?

Posted On Apr 20, 2015 By Erin Kuh, MBA, RD

Can Spring Cleaning Lead to a Cleaner Diet

If you didn't get the fresh start you were hoping for with a New Year's resolution, spring is a perfect time to rejuvenate and give your diet a makeover. It's like pressing the reset button and wiping the slate clean. But can cleaning out your closet, scrubbing your kitchen, and cutting out the clutter in your garage help you in other areas of your life - like your weight?

That's exactly what organizational design expert and author, Peter Walsh, claims in his book Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?.

The main premise makes sense: Better organization leads to planning, and planning leads to success, no matter what the desired outcome. If you keep your house in order, order in other aspects of your life will ensue. For instance, setting up a weekly cleaning schedule and a weekly meal plan will simplify your life and make it easier to stay on track. You won't be scrambling to figure out what to throw together for dinner, nor will you be tripping over stacks of stuff to get to your kitchen.

Without a plan, disorganization and chaos are more likely. This applies to nutritious eating too. Some of the most common advice I give to people, no matter if they're trying to lose weight or eat healthier in general, includes starting with a weekly dinner plan and the corresponding grocery list. Filling your pantry and fridge with healthy choices and knowing ahead of time what your meals are takes the guessing game out of what to eat. In other words, you create an eating road map to follow.

The same can be applied to making exercise part of your routine. Schedule it in as an appointment in your calendar, lay out your exercise gear ahead of time, and stick with the plan.

If walking into your house or getting in your car makes you feel frazzled because of the mess, this unique approach to cleaning up your environment and your eating habits is worth a try. I haven't read the aforementioned book, so I can't endorse it fully, but the philosophy gets to the root of the challenge and barriers preventing many people from achieving their health and fitness goals: having a realistic and sustainable plan.

If you're body and your home is in need of a detox, this approach is worth a try!