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.

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.  





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    22nd Sep 2012
    11:53am
    The body assimilates fruit better eaten by itself and on an empty stomach.
    If you wake with a headache (or a migraine sufferer) drink a glass of water on waking to give blook oxygen a boost. But 8 glasses of water a day is too much; it puts unnecesary stress to eliminate on aging kidneys. Drink when thirsty and extra if sweaty and in humid weather. Also do the back-of-hand pinch test; if the skin doesn't instantly spring back then you are dehydrated.
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2012
    11:55am
    'blood' oxygen, not blook. Used to be able to amend comments but not now able to do so.. why?
    HOLA
    6th Oct 2012
    12:44pm
    It's called Fat Finger Syndrome, I heard it being discussed early one morning on the radio, this is a common term used at the Stock Exchange when wrong figures are written. Sounds right to me!!!!
    Anonymous
    6th Oct 2012
    2:32pm
    Thanks for the explanation, Hola but actually D and K are different hands!


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