9 ways to spring clean your diet
- Clean out the kitchen cupboards
Spring is the perfect time to give your kitchen cupboards a good clean out. Get rid of any processed foods including sugary breakfast cereals and biscuits, chips and chocolates, and any other junk foods. This is one of the best ways to beat temptation when the afternoon munchies hit.
- Buy whole foods
Stock your fridge up with a variety of lovely fresh wholefoods including seasonal fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, oily fish, eggs and yoghurt. Buy organic when you can.
- Drink a glass of lemon and water daily
Start your day off right with a glass of water with a freshly squeezed lemon. This is a fantastic way to improve your digestion, alkalize your body, and boost your vitamin C levels to support healthy immune function and radiant skin.
- Embrace brassica veggies
Include brassica vegetables such as kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower in your daily diet. These super veggies support liver function and improves detoxification.
- Ditch coffee
Give coffee the flick and try herbal teas instead. Green tea is full of antioxidants, ginger improves circulation and reduces inflammation, peppermint enhances digestion, and chamomile helps calm the nervous system.
- Get into juicing
Veggie juices are jam-packed with important nutrients and potent antioxidants, which help promote optimal health and vitality.
- Go light with your meals
We tend to eat richer, heavier foods in winter. Now that the warmer weather is here it’s time to switch to lighter healthy meals including plenty of salads. Reduce your red meat intake and opt for more vegetarian meals.
- Drink apple cider vinegar before eating
Give your sluggish digestive system a boost by having some diluted apple cider vinegar 15 minutes before each main meal. This will stimulate stomach acids and enhance the digestion of your meal, to prevent bloating and heaviness after eating.
- Use more herbs in your cooking
Using fresh herbs is a great way to add extra flavour to your meals along with getting plenty of health benefits. For example coriander helps remove heavy metals from the body, parsley is rich in immune boosting vitamin C, and rosemary and sage are excellent memory enhancers.