MMB – What to eat in spring?

Good morning everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and had the chance to get out and move!  Excellent job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week.  Let’s keep up the momentum and commitment to eating clean and working out with purpose.  Have I mentioned that summer time bodies are made in March?  LOL! 

Now that spring is in the air, it’s easier to get those running shoes on and enjoy the lighter days and warmer temperatures.  There was a handful of you who made it out to Running Boot Camp yesterday and we all experienced something new together……running in the hail!  Did you know that hail stings as it hits your face?!  Thankfully, my garage was close by so we finished out Boot Camp with Med Ball throws and whole body resistance circuit drills.  There are many ways to skin a fitness cat! 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1. Liquid Green = Liquid Life March Contest:   Since St. Patrick’s Day is in March, I thought we’d celebrate Irish green with a contest to down as many liquid greens as you can!  Log all of your 8oz servings of green juices or smoothies and let’s see who can consume the most in a month.  The winner will receive a $60 class card!  P.S.  The Odwalla super food smoothies do not count.  Anything with 38 grams of sugar is a candy bar.  Agree?
  2. St. Patrick’s Day Boot Camp is Saturday, March 18th.  Wear your most festive St. Patty’s Day costume and win a prize!  Don’t worry, you can take some of your costume off during boot camp so you can move 🙂  Let’s find out who is the most festive.  We’ll all be Irish on the 18th!  Perhaps there will be a Leprechaun?
  3. Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, March 19th at 11am – Jen’s house
  4. Note:  No Boot Camps on 3/25  or 4/22.  My fitness convention is on the 25th and I can’t wait to bring back new stuff and share with you guys what’s going on in the fitness industry!
  5. Spring Fitness Challenge begins on April 1st!  Stay tuned for more details! 

Thought for the week:  What to eat in spring? 

With the trees blossoming and days becoming brighter, we know that spring is almost here.  Can you feel your attitude changing?  An increase in your energy?  Spring is a time of rebirth and new awakenings.  It’s a time to dust things off and feel energized and lighter.  Maybe you’ve been in a hibernation state and have put on a few pounds?  Now is the time to get outside and start moving more.  Does your yard need some TLC?  Great!  Put on your grubby clothes and get out there and pull some weeds.  Did you know gardening is a fabulous work out?  It’s true!  Think about pulling weeds for a second.  You are squatting down and yanking out weeds that are rooted in the dirt.  This is a fabulous exercise that basically has you rowing in a squat position, so it’s a great shoulder and upper back work out while you take care of your yard.  Isn’t that great!?

So, now that you are moving more outside with increased running, hiking, and gardening, what should you be eating?  Hmm, I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I’ll say it again, veggies!  This is the time of year when all of those tender greens and veggies and super delicious to eat such as baby spring lettuces, kale, asparagus, peas, etc. 

The Liquid Green=Liquid Life Contest is going on now through the end of March, so this is the time to be increasing your liquid greens to detox your body, especially the colon and liver.  Make sure your juices and smoothies are heavy on the greens and light on the fruit.  Lemons are excellent to add to your juices because they help to balance out your PH and increase alkalinity. 

I found a good article by a nutritionist on the foods we should be eating during the spring and I wanted to pass it on to you guys. These are all good reminders and as people, we need health and nutrition reminders often, agree?  I know I do!

See you in class soon!

Jen


 The Best Foods to Eat in Spring
The Best Foods to Eat in Spring
 

Spring is a time when everything lightens up. Our resident Nutritionist, Janella Purcell, tells you what you should be eating and what you should avoid. 

According to the Ancient Calendar Spring is the beginning of another cycle. It’s considered the first season of the year so brings with it a sense of renewal and creativity. It’s about birth, youth and inspiration and its energy is rapid and upwards.
 
So what does all this mean? Consider how you felt in winter. Perhaps you were a bit slower in your movements, more inwards with your and maybe even less social. Winter is considered the end of the year, the end of another cycle; like the winter of our lives.
 
We can see how different the seasons are by looking at what we plant and what produce is available to us in spring. It’s the season to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables as opposed to preserved, pickled and dried foods. These are made in the more abundant warmer months out of excess produce and prepared in such a way that they last through to the winter, when fresh produce historically wasn’t so available.
 
As the days get longer and warmer, we begin to feel lighter – physically and emotionally. Spring is a time when everything lightens up. The colour and weight of our clothing, our food, our heavy emotions from winter.
 
The Organs
– The liver and gall bladder are most sensitive now, so naturally it feels like a time to cleanse.
 
The Object
– It’s about getting outside and enjoying the sun, so less time will be spent inside cooking.
– Faster cooking method are recommended. So put your slow cooker away and bring out those salad bowls, the wok and steamer. Less water will be used in your cooking and a higher temperature for a shorter time. Think stir-fry instead of soup.
– Salads don’t need to be, and shouldn’t be all raw. It’s a good idea to still cook your veggies just a little, as in stir frying or at least lightly steam.
 
The Flavour
– Sour is the flavour that stimulates the liver and gall bladder. These are fruits like lemons and limes.
– The sweet flavour is also recommended now so include complex sweeteners like coconut nectar and sugar, rice syrup, real maple syrup, spelt syrup, raw agave and raw honey. The sweet flavour is also detected on out tongue when we eat complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nut and seeds.
– Bitter foods are also encouraged as this flavour has a great effect on your liver – rocket, rye, radicchio and chamomile.
 
Juices
‘Tis the season to juice, and respect the saying ‘eat your fruit and juice your veggies. Fruit really needs to stay whole, keeping the fibre in means you’re not getting only the fructose (sugar), which will go through your liver the same way alcohol does, and too much fructose creates dangerous, internal fat around your organs. Avoid fruit juices.
 
 
Include
– It’s the weather to eat young greens and fast growing plants like salad greens, sprouts, wheat grass and barley green.
– Fruit salad and veggie juices are recommended now.
– Cabbage, broccoli and dark leafy greens like kale and rocket will be of benefit here as they promote the digestion of meat and fatty foods. (Probably a little more was enjoyed throughout winter.) Enjoy herbs like mint, basil, fennel, rosemary, dill and bay leaf.
– Swap the heavier creamy sauces and dressings for lighter ones, so use ingredients like orange juice, raw honey, mustard and perhaps some extra virgin olive or flax oil instead of mayonnaise and cream.
 
Reduce 
– Too many fats and oils to help give your liver a break.
– Heavy and salty foods like meat, cheese, sauces and more desserts.
– Icy cold foods and drinks.
– Alcohol.
– Too much salt and salty foods.
 
Times have changed and we can get just about anything we want whenever we want it. This comes at a huge cost to our health, environment, our farmers and economy. By eating in season you are giving your body what it wants so keeping it healthy on every level as well as having the ripple effect of reducing flight miles thus pollution, and keeping our farmers farming. 
 

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