Eat Well, Live Well - Put a Spring in your step

Mon 28th Mar
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The air is warmer, the breeze feels kinder, and those green shoots are pushing their way out of the ground. They’re full of energy and ready to bloom – how about you? Winter can leave us tired and lifeless, and it can be hard to summon up the energy to make things happen. So take inspiration from nature’s little everyday miracles and create green shoots in your life.

Change one small thing
If you come across a pond or a lake while you’re out enjoying the spring air, throw a pebble into it. Watch how that one small impact sends ripples across the whole lake, each small ripple blending into a larger, wider one. Make a small change in your life now and you’ll be amazed at how it can affect your wider concerns. For example, why not try a small healthy eating change, such as resolving to have a healthy breakfast? That one tiny decision will make it less likely that you’ll snack between breakfast and lunch. As a result, you’ll feel more in control of your eating, which will in turn give you the confidence to move on to your next small change.


Eat for energy
With spring comes the year’s first glorious fresh produce, and there’s no better time to feast on wonderful energy-giving foods. Go for slow-release carbs like those found in porridge and wholewheat cereals – they make you feel fuller for longer. Spring vegetables in particular provide a multitude of vitamins and minerals to make you look and feel full of energy. Try crunchy spring greens in salads, add purple sprouting broccoli to stir-fries, or enjoy forced rhubarb in tarts or crumbles. Use spring onions to add extra crunch and flavour to your lunches – why not try our tuna mayo, cucumber and spring onion combo on your RYVITA® Crackerbread ? Guaranteed to put a spring in your step!

Spring-clean your life
Spring is all about out with the old and in with the new. Ever opened the wardrobe and wondered why you keep that ancient skirt which doesn’t suit you any more, or that pair of shoes that you were never comfortable in? Sometimes life can be a bit like those old clothes. You carry on with old habits just because you’ve never got around to changing them. So take this opportunity to spring-clean your life. Take stock of what you do and why you do it. Try keeping a spring-clean diary of your activities for a week – it’s scary just how much time we can spend just flaked out in front of the TV, or running errands that we really could have said ‘no’ to. At the end of the week, think about chucking out those activities or habits that just don’t fit you any more and replacing them with brand new, positive ones.

Try a new look
Everything else is colourful, new and glowing with life, so why not you? It’s time to come out of hibernation and give your appearance a boost. You don’t need lots of cash, either – again, just a small change will do. Use accessories like scarves, gloves or even funky socks to add a splash of colour to your outfit. Now’s also the time to go for it and get that new haircut you’ve been thinking about for ages, or even buy a new and different piece of clothing in a colour you don’t normally wear. So go on, be daring – it’s a real confidence and mood booster.

And finally…give yourself space to grow
Plants need space, time and sunlight to grow – and so do we. So as the evenings get longer, make the most of your own time. Set aside at least one hour a week to be yours and yours alone – what you do with it is up to you. You could spend it in the garden, in your local café or in the park. You could use it to write that novel you’ve always dreamed of, or work on a new hobby, or simply use it as thinking time – growing the seeds of an idea and bringing it to fruition, whatever it might be.

 

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