Winter has come and gone, it is time to Spring Clean your diet, to prepare for the Summer days ahead.
We all know what it is like to sink into the comfort foods on a cold winter day. The fast food option, a big plate of nachos…you name it, and it seems like a great idea at the time. We aren’t getting to the beach to show off our bodies anyway, right?
So, now that it is Spring, it is time to get back on the right track, and Spring Clean your diet.
What do we mean by Spring Clean Your Diet?
The phrase Spring Clean doesn’t just apply to cleaning your house or wardrobe. It can apply to all areas of your life.
Today we are focusing on how to clean your diet.
We mean, remove the dirty nasty foods and replace them with healthy nutritional ones.
Don’t get too technical
Start with the basics.
- What do you think is bad for your diet, that you are eating too often?
- What do you think is bad for your diet, that you don’t need to eat at all?
- What can I substitute these bad foods with?
- What are some foods I need to eat more of?
- What foods make me feel healthier, when I eat them frequently?
These are good simple questions that can apply to all of our diets.
Don’t penalize yourself for where things are at, simply notice what needs changed and start to work on cleaning it up.
What should I be adding to my diet it to clean it up?
Below is a list of a basic spectrum of foods to spring clean your diet:
- Fruits: Bananas, Avocados, Pineapple
- Meats (non-processed): Chicken, Red Meat / steaks, Pork
- Seafood: Salmon, Tuna, Mussels
- Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Cashews
- Tubers: Kumara, Potato
- Veggies: Broccoli, Tomatoes, Carrot
What are some common “winter foods” that I should try and remove?
Below is a list of a few common foods we can try to spring clean from our diet:
- Highly Processed Fast Food: McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut…to name a few
- Bakery items: Cakes, Sausage Rolls, Pies…
- Bad snacks: Potato Chips, Crackers, Lollies,
- Sugary and Processed Drinks: Coca Cola, Hot Chocolates, Diet Soda’s, Energy Drinks
Yes diet soda and diet drinks are still bad for your health. They contain lots of artificial sweeteners and food colouring.
This article explains the issues with “Diet Soda”…
What is important?
First of all…don’t stress yourself with where your diet may have got to. The key is to make a positive change from here.
Use the information above, to make simple positive changes and spring clean your diet.
Check out ways that we can Spring Clean your fitness at The Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre