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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Life

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 04, 2016
Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Life

While you’re cleaning out your cabinets and closets this month, don’t forget your most important spring-cleaning: keeping your body clear of toxins that can cause serious diseases. 

To make sure your diet and lifestyle are aligned with cancer prevention and long-term health, check your daily habits against this cancer-prevention checklist adapted from AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) guidelines:

  • Is your Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9? Calculate Your BMI now.
  • Do you pack your diet with nutrient-dense foods that are low in calories, fat, and sugar, but high in fiber and nutrients?
  • Do you eat less than 18 ounces of red meat a week?
  • Do you limit processed meats, such as ham and hot dogs, to only special occasions?
  • Do you cover two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans?
  • Do you eat at least five daily servings of fruits and veggies?
  • Do you drink no more than two alcoholic beverages a day if you’re a man, and no more than one if you’re a woman?
  • Do you engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day, at least five days a week?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above questions, you’re on the right track. If not, start adding at least one of the healthy habits above to your daily routine. Notice how it builds. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy, feel good, and live a long life.

Happy Spring Cleaning!