Spring Into Better Health By Giant Eagle


UPDATED: Wednesday April 10, 2013 7:05 PM

Springtime brings new beginnings and is the perfect time to renew your commitment to healthier living. Simple changes to improve your diet and increase your activity will help you to achieve your wellness goals.

Eat right. Eat healthier.

Feel better and look great by trading in the heavy, calorie-laden foods of winter for healthier choices.

  • Eat more salads. Combine one protein (meats, cheese), 2 cups of leafy greens, two or more vegetables or fruits (up to two cups), ½ cup of protein, ½ cup whole grains and herbs and spices for a delicious, well-balanced meal.
  • Bring out the grill for simply-prepared meats, vegetables and fish.
  • Discover whole grains – to add fiber and energy.
  • Feature seasonal favorites – Look for local, farm fresh produce like artichokes, new potatoes, Vidalia onions, rhubarb, asparagus and more in the Giant Eagle® Produce Department.
  • Choose lean proteins – eat more fish and other seafood, beans, nuts, soy, eggs, chicken, turkey and other lean meats. Revisit grilling as a healthy way to enjoy many high-protein foods.
  • Add low-fat dairy foods for calcium and vitamin D – calcium-enriched soy, rice and almond beverages fit the needs of those unable to tolerate milk. Yogurt, low fat cheeses and cottage cheese add protein and calcium to salads.



Get Out. Get moving.

  • Start an exercise regimen with realistic goals. If you haven’t worked out over the winter, start slowly and gradually increase your activity to 30 minutes of daily exercise. As with any fitness program, check with your medical doctor before you begin.
  • Try a new sport or take up an old favorite such as biking, tennis, softball or golf. Playing a sport will help to break up your workout routine and enjoy the company of friends.
  • Walking is a terrific way to exercise each day and can be enjoyed alone or in a group. Walking increases energy levels, even for people who suffer from chronic medical conditions like cancer and heart disease, and outdorr walking gives you a dose of bone-building Vitamin D. Gradually increase to reach 10,000 steps a day.
  • Clean up. Typical household chores like vacuuming and cleaning closets can burn 150 to 200 calories per hour – that jumps to 350 for more vigorous tasks like carrying boxes and moving furniture.
  • Hit the dirt. Exercising your green thumb burns up to 300 calories per hour; plant some cool season vegetables like kale, lettuce, snow peas and broccoli and you’ll be enjoying your own organic produce in about eight weeks
  • Get your rest. It's an integral part of healthy living. Strive for seven hours of sleep each night.