First, let me state that I don’t use DIET like a dirty four letter word that most people abhor! Diet, to me, means your way of eating. Some people follow a dieting trend while others commit to a medically restricted diet and still others of us try to follow a “balanced diet”. So the word shouldn’t be as bad as many of us like to believe. (I am not a Registered Dietician and do not claim to be a nutrition professional. My degree and certifications allow me to comment on some non-medical nutrition information like that provided by the government and public health entitites. All other opinions are my own supported by research done and published by Registered Dieticians.)
Here you can read more about my opinion on diets and some of how we’re eating at my house of late:
In keeping with the ideas of a balanced diet, whole food eating, and eating with the seasons, it’s time to switch up the family’s food choices to celebrate today being the first day of Spring! I again encourage you to read this article from IDEA Fit (even though you will have to purchase it) as it has more information than I can provide in these little snippets of blog posts. But the foods we will be focusing on this season include:
- Sour foods – Lemons, limes, grapes, adzuki beans (don’t know what these are yet) and mangoes (I have two mangoes on the counter for breakfast this morning)
- Pungent foods – Onions, garlic, ginger, leeks, scallions, cloves, and fennel
- Dark green cruciferious veggies – Arugula, broccoli, Brussels, cabbage, and kale
This process also suggests cooking foods lightly to help the body detox and adjust from heavier winter foods and prepare for lighter summer foods. We have abandoned some of our thick stews and creamy soups in my menu planning for the next few weeks. We’re featuring some grilled paninis and more meatless dishes to lighten it all up. So, go enjoy your weekend! Get your hands in the dirt and get outside to breathe in that fresh Spring air one deep inhale at a time! Smile, because Spring has Sprung!