Spring in NZ brings with it all sorts of promises – warmer weather, longer days and fresh, seasonal food. If you’ve been feeling a little groggy or unmotivated over winter, now’s the perfect time to adopt some healthy new nutrition habits. Here are five top tips from our sports nutritionist and dietitian on how to get a spring back in your step.
Enjoy spring’s bounty
Whether you take a trip to the local farmer’s market or simply shop at the supermarket, take advantage of all the seasonal produce becoming available. While winter can bring a lot of heavy, hearty foods, spring in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty sees the return of some fresh favourites like asparagus, fresh peas and (affordable!) tomatoes. These foods are light, delicious and packed with vitamins and minerals – so fill your boots.
Spring clean your fridge and pantry
Just as you may give your house a spring clean, clearing out your fridge and pantry is just as important. Get rid of anything that has been collecting dust and restock your shelves with nutritious staples that will make healthy eating habits easy. Have a good selection of whole grains and nuts, yogurt and eggs on hand for easy meals and snacks.
Be mindful at meal time
Now’s the time to say goodbye to any bad nutrition habits that you’ve formed over the winter – say, eating dinner in front of the telly – and become more mindful while eating. When you are focused on your meals, you’re more likely to eat more nourishing food and notice when you’re full. As a bonus, you’ll likely enjoy the flavours in your food more and spend quality time with your family.
With the return of warmer weather and lighter evenings, getting some fresh air and exercise has never been more appealing. Whether you go for a walk or jog, take a dip or resume a social sport, getting outside and moving your body is so important for mental and physical health. The best thing to do is find an activity that you love and will stick with.
Prepare for the silly season
The holiday season is just around the corner, and the best way to not fall into the chaotic Christmas trap is to be prepared. Adopt healthy eating habits that you will be able to maintain even when your schedule fills up and your shopping list expands. Carve out some time to unwind each day and get so used to this that it won’t be something that falls by the wayside. Keep up with seasonal, mindful eating and physical activity.
Book an appointment with our Dietitian
Body In Motion’s Tauranga nutritionist and dietitian will help you adopt healthy habits that work for you. Book an appointment at one our Tauranga clinic today.