With Spring officially here, I wanted to share some tips on how you can SPRING CLEAN your diet so that you can head into those summer months with abundant vitality and energy! These tips are so easy to do and don’t require you to make any drastic changes to your diet. They’re really simple to implement into your lifestyle but will make a massive difference to how you feel! Making dietary changes is all about encouraging yourself to live your most nourished and healthy life possible so listen to your body and take on board those changes that feel right for you.
Go through your cupboards, your pantry, your fridge and check the labels on all of your packaged food. Make sure you know exactly what’s in the ingredients of everything you eat so that you know what you’re putting into your body. Check that your food doesn’t have any artificial additives or preservatives and start to throw away anything that does. There are always healthier options and alternatives out there without needing to resort to chemicals.
It’s time to cut out those trans fats, hydrogenated oils and highly processed oils.
One of my biggest concerns when it comes to cooking food are the oils that are most commonly used to cook with! Although marketing has popularised many vegetable oils, they’re not the safest or the healthiest oils to eat, let alone cook with.
Oils to avoid are vegetable oils, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, canola oil and soybean oil just to name a few. The molecular structure of these oils breaks down too quickly and then they become unsafe to cook with, can cause inflammation within our bodies and are carcinogenic.
Healthier saturated fats are much safer to cook with as they are more stable in cooking conditions and their molecular structure can withstand heat without them becoming carcinogenic. They’re also less inflammatory to our bodies.
Our bodies a biochemically designed to eat foods according to the seasons. There is a reason why we crave warming foods in the winter and cooling foods in the summer. During the winter, our bodies digest warming foods much easier than cooling foods and the opposite is true for the summer. So no matter where you are in the world or what season you’re heading into, make sure you’re aligning what you eat with the season you’re living in.
For example, now that it’s summer, I’m more likely to eat lighter foods such as salads as my body feels healthier from them, rather than eating warming foods like soups or stews.
Of course this was going to make an appearance here! Eat more veg! Fill your pantry, cupboards and fridge with nutritious, organic, fruit and veg that feed your body all the nutrients it needs to thrive.
Our bodies don’t need that excess sugar that comes from packaged foods, sweets or refined carbohydrates. It spikes our insulin levels, can lead us to gaining unwanted fat and can result in a whole heap of unwanted health problems.
If you notice that you’re craving sugar quite a lot then opt for sweet root vegetables with your meals, make yourself some clean treats (here are the recipes for my choc-hazelnut bliss balls and coconut bliss balls) or drink a tall glass of water. Start to cut out that excess refined sugar and make the choice to fill your body with nourishing foods that will help it to flourish.