Ten Top Tips to Prepare for Spring

Spring is in the air in the Southern hemisphere and what better time than to give our homes and bodies a spring clean. Please note that I am not into detoxing and this time of year you will find lots of people eager to take your money for a spring detox. STOP! Ask yourself if there is a better way. Your body naturally detoxes if you give it the correct tools. Here are my top ten tips to get ready for spring.

1. Eat lighter foods

Winter is a time for comfort foods-soups, curries, stews etc. whereas spring and summer is a time to start eating lighter and introducing more raw into your diet. Fruit and non-starchy vegetables are also easier to breakdown, meaning your body does not use so much energy for digestion.

Here are some great foods to add to your salads:

http://www.eagerforlife.com.au/5-foods-add-salad/

2. Drink more water

Drinking more water is the best way to naturally flush out those toxins that build up in the body. We require approximately 1 litre of water per 22kg/body weight but this can vary depending on various factors such as the amount of exercise we do, diet, metabolism etc.

If you don’t like the taste of water, consider adding some flavour such as mint, strawberries, cucumber, lemon or lime.

Read here about why you should start your day with lemon water:

http://www.eagerforlife.com.au/10-reasons-why-you-should-drink-lemon-water-in-the-morning/

3. Drink green tea

Green tea has so many health benefits it deserves a blog post of its own but here are some of them.  It is full of polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Green tea has also been shown to increase fat metabolism as it increases the metabolic rate. Research has also shown it can increase the amount of good bacteria in the gut as well as reducing the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes.

This is one of the best green tea’s that I have found. It is organic and doesn’t taste bitter like a lot of them can do.

http://www.pukkaherbs.com.au/products/pukka-teas/serene-jasmine-green/

4. Increase your fruit intake

For me, it is a lot easier to eat fruit as it warms up. My body craves it more as I much prefer summer fruit to winter fruit. Fruit is packed full of nutrients and eating fruit as part of a balanced diet has been shown to decrease the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Fruit is also packed full of fibre ensuring your body is naturally cleansing. It is a convenience food that is easy to eat on the go and there is so much variety for you to choose from.

5. Start your day with a green smoothie

Smoothies are such an easy way to get the greens (and fruit) in. Add a variety of greens such as kale, spinach, lettuce or silverbeet. Packed full of antioxidants, your smoothie will provide a substantial amount of nutrients in one powerful drink. They will also be full of fibre, helping clean yourself from the inside naturally!

6. Go to bed earlier

For me, spring and summer is about going to bed earlier so I can rise earlier and maximise the morning (especially before Queensland heat sets in!) Getting enough sleep is vital to overall health as this period is when the body rests and repairs. Getting enough sleep also ensures that your immune system is in top tip condition. Try getting into routine with times and sleep patterns so you can reap all the benefits. You will also find that you are much more productive during the day.

7. Add turmeric to your diet

Turmeric has been shown to help with inflammation in the body as well as assisting digestion. Try adding it to your smoothies, juices, curries, stir fry or salad.

8. Eat a rainbow

Ensure that your plate is full of colour. Colourful foods are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients that will help  to naturally heal and cleanse the body.

9. Move your body

Get outside if possible and move your body. If you build up a sweat you will also naturally flush out toxins.  Being outside will also mean that you will be exposed to vitamin D, which a high percentage of people living in Australia are deficient in.  Your body will also release serotonin which is the ‘feel good hormone’. You don’t need to go to the gym to get active. Think what you can do outside.

10. Increase your probiotic foods

Up to 80% of our immune system is found in our gut so it’s vital that our diet contains probiotic rich foods. Add fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim chi, tempeh, kombucha or kefir (non-dairy) to your diet.

A spring clean does not need to be fancy or expensive.  During this initial spring period I recommend that you avoid coffee, alcohol, sugar, processed foods and anything with preservatives and additives. These can be hard on the liver. Give your body time to reset after the winter. Wake it up gradually and get it back into balance for the start of summer. Your body will thank you for it.

If you are after a diet overhaul and would like further advice, please contact me to see how we can work together.

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