A Food-Lover’s Cleanse

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Forget deprivation! Try these simple, tasty steps to get rid of that winter bulge

Spring means it’s time to get fresh! Let’s freshen up our kitchens, our pantries, our fridges, and our food choices. Spring is an optimal time to get oneself into a new, healthy, invigorating routine. As the trees bud, the flowers bloom, and the air feels light and fresh, we should feel the same renewal, too! Our eating lifestyle is a perfect place to start. All too often we get stuck in a rut of eating the same old food, particularly during the winter months when fresh produce isn’t at our fingertips. During the winter we tend to reach for foods that are heavy and rich as our body craves warmth and comfort. Time to slough off the winter heaviness and slither your way into a delicious and nourishing spring cleanse. Don’t worry, no deprivation of food options or tastiness here! This is a food lover’s cleanse that will satisfy your needs for both delicious and healthy food. Your spring-cleaning checklist to help you get oh so fresh!
  • Select what’s in season. Your body will receive the most nutrients from food that is at its peak of freshness.
  • Choose colour. The deeper the colour of the vegetable or fruit, the deeper the nutritional impact. Think shades of red, purple, orange, green, and yellow.
  • Drink lots of room temperature filtered water. A squeeze of lemon takes it up a notch from hydrating to super refreshing and alkalinizing.
  • Grab for grains. Whole grains such as brown rice, millet, spelt, kamut, and oats are healthy choices. Pseudograins such as amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa are excellent choices, too. Fibre, vitamins, minerals, and energy sustaining nutrients can be found in all of these options.
  • Buy in bulk. Nuts, seeds, and grains are perfect for bulk purchases. You reduce waste by choosing the amount you want and avoiding packaging. Bonus: less expensive than packaged goods!
  • Store your bulk foods in glass containers. This is healthier for you, as you want to avoid keeping your food in plastic as best as you can. Mason jars of all sizes are a lovely addition and make for easy storage.
  • Cut back on dairy. Not all dairy products are created equal. Look for organic dairy products. Try alternative forms of cow dairy such a sheep, goat, and buffalo; they are easier to digest and assimilate the nutrients efficiently.
  • Ditch the sugar. I know, easier said than done. I promise you, if you can kick that sugar addiction you will feel on top of the world! If you have a sweet tooth there are plenty of alternatives. Coconut sugar, coconut syrup, maple sugar, maple syrup, and raw honey are healthier alternatives. Don’t overdue it, but don’t deprive yourself either. Everyone needs a little sweetness in his or her lives!
Smile while you cook. I promise you your food will taste better. TLC is one of my favourite ingredients.

Food Education, with Jaime Slavin

Jaime Slavin is a nutritionist who graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Applied Science Honours degree in Nutrition and Food. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health/Community Nutrition at The University of Toronto. Jaime has her own nutrition practice where she uses her clinical and holistic background to guide, teach, and encourage her clients to lead healthier lives and to feel great!


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