Rebecca Hirst is the founder of Glorious Wellness, as well as being a nutrition coach and speaker. Here she tells us how we can spring clean our wellness…
I love this time of year. It makes me w ant to throw open the windows, clear out the clutter and embrace the feeling of lightness and brightness that spring brings.
It got me thinking about spring cleaning and how to embrace the idea from a wellness perspective. When I start working with a new client, one of the first things we do is a kitchen clear out. It signals new beginnings, a fresh new start. If there are jars of things lurking in the cupboard that you bought for a recipe a year ago and haven’t used since, or a treat jar of leftover Halloween sweets (yes, one of my clients had one) then that’s definitely NOT helping you on the path to wellness.
Speaking of wellness, what do I mean by that? For me wellness, and Glorious Wellness in particular, means having three things:
- Good energy
- Glowing skin
- A happy, healthy body
If that sounds like something you could use more of (that’s most of us, right?) follow my guidelines below for starting afresh and putting a spring in your step:
KITCHEN CUPBOARD CLEAR OUT
This month, set aside time to go through your fridge, cupboards and freezer. Either finish eating, give or throw away the things that aren’t supporting your wellness. This includes:
- Anything out of date or that’s been lurking at the back of the cupboard untouched since last Christmas or longer.
- If you have a ‘treat’ jar (or cupboard or shelf or drawer) don’t refill it over the next few weeks. Use up what you already have in there, so that it gradually becomes less ‘well stocked’ and you get used to not having it around.
- Sugary breakfast cereals. If something contains more than 6g of sugar per 100g it’s going to cause a big sugar spike and an energy crash later.
- Fizzy drinks and any sugary drinks with, yes you guessed it, more than 6g of sugar per 100ml.
- Any pre-packaged food or ready meals that contain artificial ingredients you can’t pronounce. If you can’t pronounce it, it’s not going to be doing you any favours.
TUNE IN TO HOW YOU EAT
Ever eaten too much and then felt like you needed to lie on the floor to recover? We’ve all done it and it’s not a good feeling. It means you’re overloading your digestive system, as there’s literally no room for it to efficiently process what you’ve eaten. Which can lead to gas, bloating and indigestion.
We all have different ‘satisfaction’ points where we feel nicely full but not stuff ed. My Yorkshire roots means I used to feel compelled to finish everything on my plate (waste not, want not and all that). I’ve had to teach myself that it’s ok to leave something on my plate if I’m full.
1. Observe how much you eat
Do you rush your meals? Do you eat at your desk in front of the TV? Do you chew your food fully? Weird question but many people hardly chew before swallowing and it’s a critical part of your digestive process.
2. Eat without distraction
No computer, TV, reading, radio, tricky conversations, driving or working whilst you eat. I KNOW we all like to multi-task. However if you’re doing something else whilst you eat, you hardly register that you’ve eaten and then you won’t be paying attention to when you’re starting to feel full. Which tends to lead to overeating, not feeling satisfied and reaching for something else to eat later, like chocolate or a biscuit. No distraction = more satisfaction!
3. Finish when you’re nearly full
Be curious about what makes you feel nicely full and satisfied. Make your meals a little smaller, then a little bigger and tune into how much food YOU need. Eat until you’re about 80% full. Eat slowly, chew your food well. Enjoy. Every. Delicious. Bite.