Hoorah! Spring is finally here! You know this is one of the best times of year. The clocks have just sprung forward, the days are getting warmer (alright most of the time!) the evenings lighter and we’ve still got the summer to look forward to. Typically spring is associated with ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. This is the time of year when we look to spring clean our homes and sort out things in our wardrobe. So why not approach your diet in the same way? Forget all the promises you’ve made to yourself at the turn of 2011. It’s time to concentrate on the here and now. That’s all we ever have and now really is the perfect time to get into shape for the summer. It’s time to cull all the bad habits you’ve got into and put a spring back into your step!
So how exactly would you spring clean your diet?
One way I’ve been looking into is living a pretty much caveman or primal diet. In a nutshell it’s all about eating clean foods. This is the practice of eating whole natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. In turn that means staying away from processed and refined foods – that’s the typical junk that make up the standard diet.
An easy way to remember if a food is clean is: “if man made it, don’t eat it.”
Eating clean can be a massive transition for a majority of people. That’s because they are used to eating white bread, sugar, fast foods to the point they eat them as if on auto pilot. Spring cleaning your diet requires a certain amount of discipline in order to make ‘eating clean.’ make the changes small and gradual and soon you’ll be wanting to make this a habit you won’t want to ditch. Think meats, fish, egss, nuts, seeds, fruit and veg and good fats and your well on your way to eating clean.
The health benefits of this way of living is endless.
Long-term effortless weight loss, clearer skin, improved sleep, increased energy, healthier and shinier hair, increased mental clarity and a healthier immune system are just a few perks. It’s no wonder more and more athletes, fitness models and celebrities have embraced this lifestyle. There;s no starving involved just purely about nourishing the body.
The idea behind clean eating is not a new fad
The clean eating practice is far from new. In fact our ancestors from thousands of years ago survived on this diet when processed foods were not around. They had strong lean bodies and were incredibly fit. It’s a tried and tested theory and quite frankly if it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for us!
As with everything, keep things in check. Make small tranisitions over time. If you fancy the odd piece of chocolate, glass of wine, go ahead. Remember the 80/20 rule. It really works!