Spring is finally here! During winter most of us tend to get less active, hibernate, and cozy up with comfort foods to protect ourselves from the cold. As the weather starts to get warmer, I wanted to share with you, my top 3 tips to help you “spring-clean” your eating habits.
- Clean out your fridge and pantry of processed junk foods. While you’re cleaning the fridge and cupboards, go over everything you have hidden on the shelves. Read the labels and examine the ingredient list (check out this blog post for some ingredients you want to avoid). Throw out the unhealthy junk food to eliminate temptation, and fill your fridge, freezer, and cupboards with vegetables, fresh and frozen fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fermented foods, and healthy oils like coconut, avocado, and extra-virgin olive oil.
- Meal prep to make healthy eating easy. After a long day at work if you come home to a fridge filled with unwashed produce, how likely are you to prepare your own dinner or throw together a hearty salad bowl? Chances are you’d go for a bag of chips or call for some greasy take out. I’m talking out of personal experience here 😉 The most important part of healthy eating is meal prep! Set yourself up for success by washing and drying all your veggies over the weekend, even cut them up if necessary, and store them in airtight containers or Ziploc bags for quick access during the week. You can also find ready washed veggies at most supermarkets these days, which make your life much easier.
- Include fermented/cultured foods and probiotics. The good bacteria or probiotics found in fermented foods help improve digestion and boost our immunity. Most of us have had antibiotics to treat infections, which not only kill the bad bacteria, but wipe out all the good ones as well. Eating fermented foods like raw sauerkraut, kimchi, cultured vegetables, kefir, kombucha, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar helps strengthen our gut by replenishing the friendly bacteria. About 80% of our immune system is located in the digestive system, making a healthy gut a major contributor to our optimal health.
There’s obviously a lot more you can do, but I wanted to make it super simple for you to get started. The key to healthy eating is making practical and sustainable changes that are not complicated and make your life more enjoyable. If you need my help and support to take your health to the next level, don’t hesitate to contact me for a free consultation. You can also check out my highly-praised Reboot program that has helped many of my clients get fantastic results (such as weight loss, no more cravings, less bloating, increased energy, and improved sleep).
What are some of your favorite tips to a healthier happier lifestyle? Please share them with us in the comments below.