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Spring Check

10 September 2015

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s about time you did a spring check!

Spring is the season of new beginnings, when nature awakens after winter and the world comes alive. It’s also the time when our bodies come back to life, too, after months of hibernation, heavy eating and too much sofa time with a glass of wine. A lack of activity during the colder months combined with eating stodgy comfort food can lead to a feeling of heaviness, tiredness and a case of the blahs, which can impact the way our skin looks too, so there’s no better time to reset your body with a detoxing spring clean. But where do you start? Follow these simple tips and ideas for a health reboot that will have you looking and feeling your very best!

Drink lots of water!

Ditch those sugary soft drinks and juices and opt for water. You can spruce this up by adding slices of citrus like lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime or you can add chunks of fruit to your water, like watermelon, pineapple and strawberries. These fruits delicately flavour your water and give you nutrients as well. If you miss the fizzy you can buy soda water and top your fruit up with it. You can even add some sprigs of mint for an extra zing.

Soups and salads

These are also a great way to pack in the nutrients and one of my favourites is spring vegetable soup in chicken broth – just throw zucchini, onion, capsicum, celery, garlic and lentils into a freshly made chicken soup (add some Himalayan pink rock salt) with fresh herbs, quinoa or soaked brown rice for extra fibre. Chicken has sulphur containing amino acids, great for detoxifying the body. Cruciferous veggies including cabbage, kale, and broccoli are also rich in sulphur containing compounds and are plentiful in spring. Try and eat some every day in soups, salads juices etc.

Eat lots of salads with seasonal spring vegetables alongside a good clean source of protein added (fish, salmon, chicken, nuts and seeds). Your body needs protein as well as a host of other nutrients to detoxify properly. A nice simple dressing of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to top off your dressing, full of good fats and phytochemicals.

I’m not someone who believes in the fad cleanse or detox diets, many of which amount to quackery at best, danger at worst.  Will you lose weight if you drink nothing but lemon water with a dash of cayenne pepper? Absolutely. But not because of any magic bullet drink. You’re starving yourself and losing weight via starvation.  Doing a detox diet amounts to starvation. Ditto for so-called cleanse diets that make you buy some magical pre-packaged powder or some super-secret recipe book only accessible to their members only club.

I do not believe you need to buy anyone’s secret recipe to start getting more energy and get back that spring in your step!

Dinielle Farquharson Nutritionist