If you are ready to put a spring in your step this season, the best place to start is by making a few simple swaps to your diet to help you feel lighter from within. It is amazing how a few simple changes can make such a huge difference!
Here are a few suggestions from nutritionist and chef Zoe Bingley-Pullin, to help your body embrace the change in season.
1 Eat in Season
It goes without saying; the body benefits when we eat in season and when we increase diet diversity. Start looking at shifting your produce selection towards lighter and more hydrating fruits and vegetables, a small taste of what’s in season includes:
Spring fruits: banana, blood orange, grapefruit, honeydew, mandarin, papaya, pineapple, strawberry and watermelon.
Spring vegetables: asparagus, avocado, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, leek, snow peas, sugar snap peas and spinach.
2 Start your day with a vegetable juice
When the weather cools down, vegetable intake is one of the first healthful dietary habits to go. To get back on track, aim to start your day with a fresh vegetable juice.
3 Cook at home more often
A drop in our motivation to cook often coincides with a temperature drop. During winter we tend to over rely on convenience food. Cooking at home is linked to a healthier diet and better health outcomes. Aim to get back into the kitchen this spring and plan a few meals to cook each week.
4 Incorporate more plant-based proteins
Plant-based proteins including legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds are a great way to help lighten the feel of meals, not to mention help with overall fibre intake. Try swapping animal based proteins for plant-based a few times weekly or adopt meat free Monday in your household.
5 Eat more liver support foods
To help support detoxification, eat a variety of foods rich in natural compounds supportive of liver health: bitter greens (dandelion, radicchio, watercress, rocket) brassica vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), beetroot and turmeric.
6 Increase fibre intake
If your digestive system is feeling a bit sluggish post winter, reassess fibre intake and also hydration. Adequate fibre and hydration are necessary for a healthy digestive system. Try oats with chia seeds at breakfast, tossing legumes into salads and snacking on fresh fruit and vegetables.
7 Tune into hunger
During winter we can develop the habit of eating for comfort and warmth and eat past the point of feeling satisfied. During spring, aim to get back in touch with your natural hunger cues by eating mindfully and until just satisfied and not overly full.
Zoe Bingley- Pullin is a celebrity chef and nutritionist who is also one of the experts on Channel 7’s new House of Wellness. She is also the author of several successful cookbooks.
If you want to learn how to make permanent changes to health and develop a healthy relationship with food, the next round of Zoe’s 8-week online Falling in Love with Food Program starts 16th October 2017. Each week members receive a 7-day meal plan, group coaching call with Zoe, 4 recipes and cooking videos, motivational interviews and access to an online community to support your journey.
Offer: Are you ready to Fall in Love with Food? Zoe is offering her 8-week program for $99 and members also receive 1 month free access to the Tribe Program. This access starts when the 8-week Program ends and signs you up for an ongoing monthly subscription to the Tribe. To read more visit here