Spring clean your diet

As we spring into the warmer months, most people will be wondering how they managed to let the kilos creep on during winter. Follow YOURLifeChoices easy tips if you want to embrace summer with renewed energy and feel lighter.

Eating well doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s all about making small changes. The following tips will help ensure you face every day feeling your best.

1. Get fruity

Take advantage of all the delicious fruits which are back in season by starting the day with a breakfast full of colour and vitamins. Try topping a fibre-packed cereal with strawberries and apricots and add some low-fat yoghurt. The protein in the yoghurt will keep you fuller for longer, so less chance of snacking. If cereal isn’t your thing, you can increase your daily iron intake by adding a handful of wilted spinach to your scrambled eggs

2. Give H2O a go!

It’s amazing how often we mistake thirst for hunger. If you want to stave off those in-between meal cravings, don’t forget to stay hydrated. If you suffer from regular headaches or often feel tired or lethargic, make sure you aim for 6-8 glasses a day. Your body will thank you.

3. Snack right

If you find you are reaching for a sweet pick-me-up between meals, it might be a good idea to consider adding more protein to your diet. Eating protein keeps you full longer and reduces the temptation to snack between meals. Fruit, low-fat yoghurt, home-made muesli bars and nuts are all great snack options. If you feel like something more substantial, a piece of wholegrain bread with peanut butter will keep you going until your next meal.

4. Ditch the stimulants

Many people rely on sugar and caffeine to kick-start the day but that morning cuppa could be doing you more harm than good. But it’s not just the added sugar intake which is the problem. Caffeinated drinks can cause heart palpitations and restlessness, ‘jumpy legs’ syndrome and fatigue. Try switching to unsweetened decaffeinated tea or coffee and see the difference it makes to your energy levels.

5. Plan your diet

When it comes to preparing lunch and dinner in a hurry, we’re often too hungry to consider if what we’re eating is healthy and weight-loss friendly and just reach for what’s available. A simple, weekly meal plan will enable you to plan ahead, shop wisely and even include a few treats sprinkled through the week. We love this simple meal planner, with shopping list included, which you can download from TheProjectGirl.com.