A Fresh Start: 5 Key Steps to Spring Clean Your Diet Habits

March is the perfect time to begin your journey towards feeling refreshed and energised, improving your skin’s radiance, and cultivating a positive mindset. By following my guide, “A Fresh Start: 6 Key Steps to Spring Clean Your Diet Habits,” you can transform your health this Spring.

1. Hydrate before you caffeinate

Upon waking… instead of heading straight to the kettle or coffee machine, give your body at least 90 minutes before caffeine.
Why? When we wake up our cortisol levels are at their peak, pairing this with caffeine means a recipe for a stressed out, anxious state.

Instead, why not try a chia seed gut cleanse water. Chia seeds are incredible for digestion as they are rich in fibre, and many people report improved bowel movements when consuming them regularly – key to detoxification.
If chia water or herbal teas aren’t your thing, at least try to have your coffee with some breakfast or light snack.

healthy drink in a jar

2. Give your gut time to rest, and digest

I encourage my clients to fast overnight for a minimum of 12 hours. This could simply mean having your final meal by 8pm and breakfast at 8am. 

Allowing your gut to rest overnight gives your gut microbes (our friendly bacteria) to clean up the digestive tract and prepare itself for food. 

Taking breaks and allowing our bodies to rest is essential for gut health. Which is why I also encourage people to stick to the same meal times every day and allow at least 3 hours between meals and snacks. 

As a result, your body will become more intune with your hunger signals and operate efficiently.

3. Include spring foods for a spring in your step

One of the best ways to nourish your body is to eat in season.

Why?

  • It reduces environmental impact
  • Is fresher and naturally richer in nutrients
  • Usually free of pesticides or preservatives


Our top-picks for eating in season in the UK in March & April:

  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Spring cabbage
  • Spring onions

Why not try one of SL chef Jo’s gorgeous recipes, including a Sweet potato gnocchi with cherry tomatoes & kale pesto

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4. Detox your body & environment

Detoxifying your body doesn’t have to result in a restrictive diet or a tea-tox. Instead, think about what you can add into your diet or routine to help with detoxification.

Your body

  • Add fresh herbs: such as coriander to your pasta dishes or add dandelion to herbal teas
  • Replace alcohol with sparkling water in a fancy wine glass, add fresh berries, lemons, limes and mint for a refreshing, hangover-free drink
  • Add in cruciferous vegetables such as: kale, broccoli, rocket, cauliflower and bok choy as they help aid detoxification

Your space

  • Spend some time clearing out your desk drawer, bedside cabinet or kitchen cupboard
  • Remove temptation from temptations way: if there are some old sweets, biscuits or chocolates lying around give them away and fill with fresh whole food snacks. We love Naked or Deliciously Ella

5. Prep & Plan Ahead

Results don’t happen overnight, they happen from consistency and preparation.

This doesn’t have to mean hours upon hours spent in the kitchen to meal prep. Nor does it mean having a structured daily meal plan. 

What I find the most effective with my clients is habit stacking.

For example

  • Whilst cooking a family dinner in the evening, can you prepare some overnight oats whilst you’re waiting for pasta to boil?
  • Component cooking: instead of cooking multiple meals, instead cook big batches of “components” of a meal – e.g. baked sweet potatoes, wholegrain rice, fillets of chicken or salmon, and a Mediterranean vegetable tray bake.
    This way you know you have the foundations of a meal that you can combine for quick lunches or dinners that last throughout the week.
  • When you’re relaxing on a Sunday evening, could you journal your intentions for the week? Meanwhile look at your calendar and schedule in some workouts and some meal ideas. This simple act of planning ahead will naturally help you feel more organised going into Monday. 

 

Lastly, make the most of the brighter mornings and get outside into daylight, this stimulates your circadian rhythm, releasing serotonin and supporting your mood and energy levels. 

Bitesize nutritional videos filled with simple healthy tips!

Check out the Healthy Bites series, under 2 minute videos including: snacks, plant points and eating for a good mood! Each video is delivered by me to give you inspiration and education on ways to feel better through food and drink.

If you’re hoping for more personal nutrition support, as an SL reader you can book a FREE 1-1 nutrition consultation with Harriet today.

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