With spring just around the corner, you should think about the changes you need to make in the way you eat so you somehow spring-clean your diet. It is really important to provide the needed components to your body in order to be healthy. Consider the fact that 80% of life quality is determined by a balanced diet, and only a small portion of physical activity. Therefore, have a good look at your diet before hitting the gym.
Your menu should include more protein based food, like fish – you could even try healthy types of sushi - chicken or beef dishes, grains, and a lot of vegetables. The best sources of good fats are oily fish, vegetable oils, avocados, and nuts.
Another great thing about spring is that warmer weather makes you want to eat lighter, healthy dishes which will help your body feel much better and can even help in losing the unwanted accumulated weight during winter. Also, it has been psychologically proven that sunlight, which in spring we get a lot more of, has a positive effect on people’s mood, along with the body.
So, here are few things you should consider stocking up on:
Eat lots of produce
Try to eat things with one ingredient, the food itself. Broccoli, spinach, salad. You could also buy precut veggies to save time on prep. However only buy what you can eat one week at a time. Otherwise, the excess will end up a waste.
Eat lean proteins like fresh fish, chicken or turkey breast
Buy in bulk at a wholesale grocery, split the family-size packages into smaller bags or containers, and freeze smaller servings.
Eat whole Grains
Eating more whole grains is proven to lengthen your life by reducing your risk of cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases according to studies. Try introducing one grain to your diet each week, grains like oats, quinoa, wild rice, etc.
When it comes to oats, eat real oats - not those packages of instant oatmeal. You can opt to have oats with eggs for breakfast, and have beans as a side to your favorite protein at lunch or dinner. Opt for a serving of one, or both, of the lean, high-fiber, nutrient-dense options almost every day.
Choose smart snacks
Raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pistachios are good for you in small doses and they are good guilt-free option, too. You can also opt for dried fruits such as dates, figs, papaya, mango or plums - but avoid the dried fruits that are sweetened with sugar.
Opt for good quality tea
Green tea gets all the attention, but black, white, and oolong can be just as great. Compounds in tea may fight cancer, heart disease, depression, and fatigue, and they appear to be good for your brain and your waistline. However, make sure to avoid adding sugar in your tea.
Water is the best
Although it may be tempting to choose other beverages, water is the best thing to drink. The human body is 60% water and water is vital for the good functionality of every organ system, helping to circulate oxygen and rush away toxins. In case you’re not a fan of plain water, simply add some lemon or lime and drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
Start an exercise routine
In case you don’t have an exercise routine yet, spring is a great time to start one. Exercising regularly has multiple benefits - from helping us shed pounds, boost our moods, and even keep our minds sharp. Spring time is a perfect time to get moving outdoors.
What’s your diet spring-cleaning plan? Please share with us in the comments section below.