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With spring here and warmer temperatures on their way, now is the perfect time to clean up your eating! Just like we don’t keep snow tires on our car or the heat on in our homes all year long, neither should we eat the same foods in the same way year-round.
Spring is a time of new life and fresh energy. In a sense, the body emerges from hibernation from the cold, dry winter months to prepare for warmer weather and more activity, making it a good time to eat lighter, more astringent foods. In fact, you may find yourself craving lighter, greener, more “alive” meals. Using real, whole foods in the right way, you can support your body through the seasonal transition with a few simple changes to your daily diet: 1. Put more spring veggies in your shopping basket.
Check out what looks good at the farmers' market or grocery store. Chances are you’ll start seeing more carrots and root vegetables, leafy greens like kale and mustard greens, artichokes, asparagus and radishes. Commit to trying even one new spring vegetable each week. 2. Add bitter, detoxifying foods like radishes and leafy greens.
Snack on radishes between meals to cleanse the liver. Likewise, increase chlorophyll-rich greens to encourage rejuvenation.
3. Incorporate raw, lightly cooked and sprouted foods.
Lighten up your cooking methods just like your food to make your meals more digestible and the living nutrients more bioavailable. 4. Decrease heavier, oily foods like dairy and nuts.
Heavy foods can impede digestion and make you feel sluggish. If you’re feeling like you could use a spring renewal, try incorporating some of these tips throughout the season or get on the list for my 21-Day Spring Renewal Program, which starts May 1. Full details will be announced soon!