Spring into action

Woman in supermarket with list from Symply

7 tips to get you back on track

You can certainly feel that spring is in the air with warm days and cool nights, thankfully the coldest part of the year is behind us. I am so much happier when the sun is shining and I’m able to spend time outdoors.

With winter behind us it is time to do a bit of a spring clean not only of our house but also in the pantry and fridge. Did you find that the colder months caused you to go off track and eat way too much stodgy food? If so, then you may need to do a spring clean of your mindset and shift the focus onto slimming down for summer.

  1. This is the most important step – Clean out your pantry and fridge of all foods that are not helping you to be the healthy person you want to be. Don’t skip this step!
  2. Make sure you have breakfast as this kick-starts your metabolism for the day. If you struggle to eat breakfast, take a look at my Premium Breakfast Shakes.
  3. Enjoy the spring seasonal fruits available in September such as Lady William apples, strawberries, grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, melons, blood or Seville oranges, papaya, pawpaw and pineapples will be really sweet. Aim for 2 – 3 serves (300 – 450g) a day.
  4. Vegetables that are at their peak in September are artichokes, Asian greens, asparagus, green beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, peas, potatoes, silverbeet and spinach. Aim for 5 serves (a serve is ½ cup) each day.
  5. Including lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables into your daily eating regime will add loads of vitamins and minerals. Both are low in fat and calories and high in fibre which will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  6. Plan at least two fish meals each week. Fish is loaded with omega 3’s and low in fat so with the warmer weather on the horizon you can enjoy fresh fish with tasty sauces or marinate in some garlic and lemon before pan frying in a little low fat margarine. Serve with lots of salad or vegetables.
  7. Increase your water intake – if you have been a bit slack over winter, now is the perfect time to get back to the routine of having eight glasses of water a day.

This is not a ‘diet’ it’s a healthy lifestyle suitable for all members of the family. So get them on board too; having a healthier lifestyle will also benefit them.