Have you looked into your kitchen or on your plate in the bright spring sunshine and were not happy with what’s looking back? Don’t worry spring is a great time to clean up your diet, kitchen, lifestyle and even your personal diary and time management!
Changing everything at once is not a good idea, but starting with a good spring clean of your diet goes a long way to help with other stressors in your life. A good, clean, individually suitable and balanced diet does wonders to your energy levels, the quality of sleep, work efficiency and perhaps even a lagging libido.
What does a good, clean, individually suitable and balanced diet mean for me then – you may ask?
It means that you get your energy from foods that suit you individually, are clean, fresh and offer a wide variety of different nutrients to keep you energised. Eating a varied diet has huge health benefits, short- and long term. So it’s definitely something you do want to invest in! Investing in your health this spring is definitely worth it. Not to scare you, but this quote from Lee Swanson does make a lot of sense:
“If you think the pursuit of good health is expensive and time consuming, try illness.”
This all depends on your starting level, but focusing on one area/goal at a time is the way to go. If you get inspired and want to overhaul everything at the same time, you will find it difficult to assimilate the new habits into your daily routines. Slow and steady does it!
You can start by evaluating your diet.
Firstly, consider how many meals you make for yourself in a week and how many are made by someone/something else? You may wonder why this matters, but as a whole, homemade meals are always better for your body, your wallet and even your daily schedules in the long run.
If you don’t know where to start with the homemade meals, always start with how you start your day with… so in this case, the breakfast. How can you accomplish a simple, yet satisfying and healthy breakfast that is easy on the body and your finances. Try a filling porridge with fresh or dried berries and a splash of rice-coconut milk – you can even make it to go to be enjoyed on the commute. Add a teaspoon of berry powder to your breakfast bow, and it a whole lot of healthier, thanks to it’s high nutrient- content. Also perfect for those enjoying their breakfast on the go or at work.
Secondly, you can evaluate the daily amount of fruits and vegetables and fluids you consume? You should be eating at least five portions of (different) fruits and vegetables a day and drinking at least 8 glasses of water. (If you are unsure as to what counts as a portion, get in touch or find guidelines on NHS Choices).
It’s fairly easy to increase your intake of colours in the form of fruit, berries and vegetables. All you have to do is count colours on each meal and if you have only 1 colour of fruit, berries or vegetables on your plate, aim to add at least another. Easy way to add a splash of colour is a sprinkle of fully natural berry powder too.
Thirdly, count your sugars and fats! What type of fats are you regularly consuming and how much? Is your diet covertly full of refined sugars?
Well now, how did you do?
The article is written by registered nutritionist, Taru from ArcticNut. You explore more of her services here.