The days are getting longer, the sun is shining, the bird and flowers are out.. spring is almost here! I don't know about anyone else but that felt like the longest, darkest winter here in Victoria!
Anytime there is a shift in seasons, there is always this new found energy. We reconnect with our goals we set at the beginning of the year and assess if we need to make changes to get us back on track.
I think too often we have this all or nothing mentality when it comes to our diet and overall wellness. This can lead to poor relationships with food and our body. I see and hear all over the internet about detoxing, cleanses and weight loss gimmicks, especially this time of year.
Living a healthy lifestyle really isn't all that hard. The more emphasis you put on something being difficult or arduous, the more difficult and arduous it actually becomes. This is why I always advocate creating a healthy lifestyle that is maintainable. We should want to fuel our bodies with whole, natural foods and move in ways that make us feel good. Sometimes we fall off track and that's is okay, as long as you get back up.
I also believe that true health isn't based solely on your body, food and exercise alone. It is how you feel mentally as well. An unhealthy mind can often lead to an unhealthy body.
I wanted to give you all a few ideas for getting not only your nutrition and exercise routine back on track but also your mindset around health and wellness.
Here are a few tips on how to get back on track for the spring season:
Clean Up Your Diet
As the season changes, our bodies naturally want to shift. As we move into warmer weather, our bodies crave lighter foods that are detoxifying and cleansing. You don't have do restrictive detoxes or cleanses. We have a built in detoxifier called our liver. A few daily habits that can help support liver detoxification include warm lemon water first thing in the morning, adding greens to your meals and eating fruits and veggies that are in season. Include more veggies such as arugula, asparagus, strawberries, carrots and mint into your diet. I also love sipping on herbal teas in the after noon such as tulsi, dandelion root or milk thistle to help support the liver.
Challenge yourself and limit alcohol and caffeine for 21 days. Notice how much clearer you will feel! Your gut and adrenal glands will thank you.
Detox Your Mind
Heavy thoughts can lead to a heavy body. Our body is always listening to what we are saying to ourselves. You can eat all the kale in the world, but if you don't deal with stress and the things that are going on in your mind, it won't do you much good. Try to become aware of certain thought patterns. Are you self deprecating to yourself whenever you look into the mirror? Do you wish to change certain things about your looks or personality?
Being aware of the things we need to work on is the first step and then taking action is the second. Meditation, affirmations, journaling and practicing gratitude are all simple and easy ways to help clear the mind.
Try setting an intention for the season. What do you want to feel like, look like, be like over the next few months? Get a notebook and write it down!
What are some habits you can change or start implementing?
Maybe you have a goal to drink more water or meditate 2-3 times per week. Write what ever it is you want to achieve down and post it somewhere you can see it every day. Remember, small changes make all the difference.
Taking the time and effort to invest in yourself. There is nothing more important than your health. You're more than worthy of creating a healthy life that is unique to you.
Do more of the things you love.
Get out into nature more.
Turn your phone off before bed.
Say no more often.
True health is a balance of nutrition, movement, mental and spiritual health.
If you need some guidance on creating healthy habits, check out my 7 Step Mind-Body-Food Reset Workbook. It's loaded with tips on how to create healthy routines, nutrition guides and how to incorporate more mindfullness into your day. It's free, by the way.
I hope everyone has a happy and healthy start to their spring!