For most of the country, it may not feel like it, but spring is on its way! How do I know this? Because March 8th is Daylight Saving Time! Slowly our days will start to get longer and warmer and the cold chill of winter will leave us again. So all these things you know. But, here are some things about seasonal time changes that perhaps you didn’t know:
- Giving birth to twins during the time change can get quite confusing on paper. Since we change our clocks at 2 a.m., one baby could be born at 1:55 a.m. and the sibling born ten minutes later, which, technically would be 1:05 a.m.
- The incidence of heart attacks is higher during the first week of Daylight Saving. When we turn the clocks back in the fall, the rate of heart attacks drop.
- George W. Bush extended the U.S.’s Daylight Saving period by four weeks.
- Amtrak trains must stick to their published timetables (not any I’ve been on, but this is what they say), so trains cannot leave a station before the scheduled time. When we change the clocks back an hour in the fall, all Amtrak trains in the U.S. that are running on time stop at 2:00 a.m. and wait one hour before resuming.
- In addition to the many wonderful things we can thank Benjamin Franklin for, we can add Daylight Saving Time to the list.
What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you during a clock change?
Have you seen the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? It’s very compelling. But so is Wheat Belly. And so are the arguments for a Paleo Diet and eating right for your blood type. So really, where the hell do we start? Is everything bad for you? Picking a diet can be overwhelming.
At the most basic level, slowly improving your diet can be done with simple fixes. There are things that we just know are bad: soda, fried foods and butter to name a few. But okay, that might even be a sweeping change for you. So let’s look at how to start small.
- Drink more water. Water keeps you hydrated and helps flush out toxins. Start by replacing one other beverage a day with water (think coffee, soda, etc.). Work your way up. You may find that you no longer even want anything other than water after awhile, but chances are your favorites will still stick around, just in smaller doses.
- Add more fruits & veggies. A nutritionist once told me to make sure that at each meal there are three different colors on my plate. I’ve found that to be a fairly good rule. All white? You’re likely eating too many carbs, another item you want to eat in moderation. So if your plate tends to lack in color, slowly add some in. Find items you like. If you don’t like broccoli, maybe green beans are for you. Try things. Experiment, you could be surprised.
- Read labels. Try to start eating foods that you can pronounce. It will help you eat fresher, less processed, healthier foods.
- Reduce your sugar intake. Take one day to pay attention to how much sugar you take in during a day. Do you add it to tea or coffee? Are you eating chocolate? Drinking processed juices? Eating candy? Can’t get over chocolate? Swap it out for cacao nibs. Look at other ways to cut back.
- Buy fresh. If you have the option of buying fresh versus canned, opt for fresh…pineapples, tomatoes, corn, peas, you get the idea.
Any improvement is a good improvement. And if you find that cutting certain things out make you feel better than others, like gluten versus dairy, listen to your body. Adjusting your diet to be healthier can be a series of little experiments! Don’t look at it like something that you HAVE to do. Plus, if you’re too busy to get to the store to pick out new/different foods, shop online with store like Peapod, or Fresh Direct. Have fun with it!