This is a guest article by one of our newly qualified Harmonizing coaches, Alison Lloyd. Alison is also a nutritionist, and here she shares with us some tips to detox and refresh our nutritional habits this Spring.
Spring is the season of new beginnings. By making small changes to your eating habits you can look better, feel better and slim down too! Here are four healthy nutrition tips that will help get you ready for spring.
Eat low sugar, whole, unprocessed foods
Checking ingredients will encourage you to make healthier choices. The next step would be buying foods without ingredients labels – single food items you can combine yourself at home. Simple foods like salads can easily be prepared at home to give you much more control over what you’re eating. TIP! ‘carbs as sugars’ should be less than 5g per 100g.
Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables
Spring is the ultimate season for fresh produce and buying seasonal ensures maximum nutrition. Experiment by adding extra sides of different colours of vegetables to every meal, or adding a handful of leafy greens (spinach and kale) to smoothies. Make up a snack of berries when you leave the house or prepare a bowl of organic mixed berries for dessert.
Tend your microbial garden
One of the best things you can do to improve gut flora is to regularly eat foods containing lots of friendly probiotic bacteria, such as yoghurt, sauerkraut and other fermented foods – as well as avoiding fast or refined foods. Add to that some prebiotic foods, such as garlic, oats, onions, beans and bananas, for a healthy inner garden.
Drink more water
Keeping hydrated is one of the most important ways to stay healthy and maintain a proper body weight, but most of us are dehydrated without realising it. Why not start each day with a glass of warm lemon water? Its cleansing and healing effects will kick-start your healthy lifestyle.