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Spring clean your diet

Posted Mar 29 2011 9:00am

Detox Foods | Strawberries

Spring is the ideal time to implement new changes in your diet.  Our taste naturally shifts from heavy meals to lighter foods, and lour body look forward to the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that the new season brings.  There are many things you can do to improve your diet this spring.  Here are just a few ways you add more detox food in your life.

Tips to spring clean your diet

Avoid “bad” fats: Avoid trans fats and saturate fats and choose heart healthy cold pressed vegetable oils such as olive, hempseeds or flaxseed oils.

Eat what’s in season: Now that the growing season is near, it’s the best time of all to eat more locally.  Seasonal cooking is one of the best way to eat fruits and vegetables at their peak freshness, which makes them not only more delicious, but also more nutritious than ever.

Eat more raw food: Raw food brings you vitamins, minerals and precious enzymes that could otherwise be destroyed by cooking.  With the nice weather ahead, our body is naturally more drawn to lighter meals such as fresh crisp salads.  Eating more raw fruits and vegetables is also a great way to detox naturally.

Go vegan: Heavy food such as meat can be difficult to digest.  It also creates more metabolic waste that your body has to detox afterward. Spring is the best time of the year to give your body a break by introducing more vegan and vegetarian meals in your diet.

Drink water: Water is the ultimate detox food. And as the weather goes milder, it’s time to go back to basics and drink more of fresh and pure water.  It’s probably one of the easiest and cheapest things to do to kick-start a healthy detox diet; drink more water.

Discover tender greens: Spring brings bright green new shoots. It’s the ideal time to introduce you to new delicious and alkalizing greens.  Dark leafy greens have a milder flavor when they are young.  So it’s the ideal time to add baby spinach and other young field greens for a mineral-rich liver cleansing diet.

Bring in some dandelion: Dandelion is one of the best detox foods.  It naturally cleanses the liver and support all the organs involved in natural detoxification.  And spring is definitely dandelion season, were the leave are tender and juicy, without the bitterness that summer can bring to the leaves.

The best detox foods for spring:

  • asparagus
  • dandelion
  • dark greens tender leaves
  • scallions
  • strawberries
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • leeks

Do you change your diet according to seasons?  What are your best spring detox foods? How do you spring clean your own diet?

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