There is lots of advice about how to spring clean where we live, how about spring cleaning our diets?
Here are 10 Top Ways to Spring Clean Your diet.
- Spring is the perfect time to give your kitchen cupboards a good clean out. Get rid of any sugary, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Give coffee the flick and try herbal teas instead. Green tea (ViridiTEA) is full of antioxidants, ginger (ZesTEA) improves circulation and reduces inflammation, peppermint (VitaliTEA) enhances digestion, and chamomile (SereniTEA) 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. Iced teas with fresh fruit juice is another lovely way to stay hydrated while reaping all the health benefits herbal teas and fresh juices have to offer.
- Aloe vera juice can help maintain good digestive function and bowel regularity, due to its natural detoxifying and cleansing effects on the bowel.
- 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.
- 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.
- Using fresh herbs is a great way to add extra flavour to your meals along with plenty of health benefits eg. coriander helps remove heavy metals from the body, parsley is rich in immune boosting vitamin C, and rosemary and sage are excellent memory enhancers.
By Lisa Guy