4 Simple fad-free steps to “spring clean” your lifestyle
As we say goodbye to Winter, warmer days and the endless Summers are fast approaching. If you may have over indulged during the cooler months the bombardment of “bikini body” plans and “get fit for Summer” advertisements may leave you with a sense of guilt and possibly self-worthlessness. So this spring I urge you to avoid the fad diet trap, ignore the seduction ofthose “detoxes” because that is why you have a liver. Instead use these 4 simple steps as the beginning to “Spring Clean” your lifestyle to something more sustainable without any guilt.
1. Clean out your pantry and fridge
Go through and “spring clean” your pantry and fridge. Throw out any expired foods and organise your pantry and fridge to ensure you have healthy ready available snacks and foods on hand. Try adding pre- cut veggies, plain yoghurts and some yummy kefir to your fridge for some on- to go snacks. Stock your pantry with whole foods like, nuts, nut butters, whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice and dried legumes.
2. Start menu planning
If you don’t do this already then this is a great time to start. Start by planning out a few meals a week and slowly build up. Start by getting a piece of paper, flipping through recipe books or use some TBD recipes for some inspiration. Meal planning saves you not only time but money as well. It also assures that you have healthy whole foods readily available all the time.
3. Start an exercise regime
If you are not a regular exercisers then spring time is the best time to start. The weather is warmer and the days are lighter for longer. Setting goals for yourself is always a great motivation. Try adding some fitness and health goals this spring, such as competing in your first fun run or to get your first push up. Whatever it may be, start off slowly and build up. If you are already a keen exerciser then try and think of ways that you can mix it up. Joining a team sport or trying something new.
4. Stay on track with hydration
As we become more active and the weather heats up we need to ensure that we stay hydrated. Water aids in digestion, keeps our skin supple and helps your body eliminate toxins. A general guide is 1.5-2.0L or 35-45ml/kg/day. The best way to hydrate is by drinking water, try adding slices of fruit to your water to mix it up. Remember, fluid rich foods like smoothies, yoghurt also contribute. This spring try and limit drinks that can cause dehydration such as coffee and alcohol.
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