The change of seasons is a great opportunity to renew your body and spirit. Now, when the spring is in the air, you can use the following 7 tips to renew and refresh your eating habits:
- Clean out your pantry, freezer and fridge
Investigate the areas mentioned above and throw away all items that are processed. Create a plan and proper environment for the new eating habits. Removing all processed foods, replace them with natural, whole meals. These are whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes.
- Include more greens into your diet
It doesn’t mean you should buy just spinach, as there is a great variety of greens you may consider. Select from kale, spinach, Bok Choy, collard greens, and more. Did you know that kale for example is rich in Vitamin K, A, B6 and C, as well as potassium, manganese, calcium and magnesium? What is also great about greens is that they are low in calories. Why not to add them in your smoothie, stir-fry, and salad then?
- Boost your water intake
We all know that human body consists of 60% of water. Water is extremely important as it eliminates toxins, transports nutrients, helps digestion and regulates the body temperature. The studies showed that drinking 0, 5 a liter of water speeds up metabolism by 30% for up to 1.5 hours. Consider drinking at least 2 liters per day, but if you’re active and sweating more, make sure to replace those fluids.
- Consume more probiotic foods
It’s normal if during winter months you've got flu and was prescribed antibiotics. But antibiotics kill the natural probiotics in your gut, while these are needed to help your immune system and digestion. That is why try to include more of probiotics in your diet: coconut yoghurt, miso soup, kimchee, tempeh, kombucha, and kefir. You can also get probiotics from supplements.
- Make your diet a Rainbow
If you add a rainbow of wholefoods into our diet every single day, you start to include a variety of more different foods in your daily routine. Make it a rule- to fill your plate with 50% of vegetables of different colors. Vegetables and fruits have phytochemicals that can protect you from different health issues.
- Less dairy
The recent studies showed that women, who have huge intake of cow's meal every day, have an increased risk of heart disease, bone fractures and cancer. Consider milk alternatives, such as nut cheeses and almond milk.
- Start your day with lemon water
Once you wake up, drink a glass of warm water with fresh lemon. These will kick-start your digestive system and improve your immune system. The lemon aroma can also be beneficial for your mood and decrease the stress levels.