Tips for Eating Well this Season
March is National Nutrition Month, and what better time than the beginning of spring to take a close look at the kinds of foods you are consuming? As we emerge from the cold months of winter and shift away from the indulgences of the holidays, and perhaps a more sedentary indoor lifestyle, we should consider what we plan to eat this season. Take this opportunity to optimize the quality of calories you are eating.
As the seasons shift, it is also a great time to shift your diet. Like the spring cleaning of closets, it’s a good moment to shift away from the heavier calories appropriate to winter toward a lighter, greener diet. Think fewer sweet potatoes and pumpkin and more salads and lightly steamed greens.
A great tool for transitioning your diet in the spring is to consume more cleansing foods for at least a few days. Boost your fiber intake by eating extra green ruffage, such as lettuce, cabbage, or kale. Particularly cleansing foods include dandelion greens and beets, which support the liver. Consider including a cleansing green supplement that offers nutrients and fiber.
Eat for Your Needs
Although you may be eating healthy, it’s not always easy to know whether you are getting the right nutrients for your body. It is a great idea to consult with a professional, such as a doctor or nutritionist, to identify any potential deficits particular to your physiology. Also eat the foods you love, and don’t try to force yourself to eat healthy foods that you hate.
Eat What’s In Season
Seasonal foods offer nutrients appropriate to this time of year and your local climate. Amazingly, nature provides what our bodies need each season. By including more of these seasonal foods on your plate, you will be diversifying your nutritional intake and satisfying many of your body’s requirements. Pay attention to which foods are fresh in spring at your local grocery store or farmer’s market – asparagus, green onions, and peas are a few delicious options.
Consider the color wheel when shopping and cooking. Are you including a variety of colors in your diet? Consuming more green foods is appropriate this time of year, but remember to also include the often-forgotten colors like purple (eggplants) and brown (mushrooms).
If you are doing all the right things for your health, such as eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep, but you still don’t feel great, consult your healthcare practitioner. All the ideal foods might not be enough if you have a specific deficiency requiring more than the nutritional content a balanced diet offers. If you find you are experiencing issues such as fatigue, digestive problems, or foggy-headedness, let your healthcare practitioner know. Sometimes something as simple as taking the right supplement can help your body integrate all the good work you are doing.
Make the most of spring by consuming optimal calories this season. Eat well so that you can get out and enjoy spring.