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Spring Clean Your Health

March 25th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean

Spring Clean Your Health

Spring Clean Your Health


Are you feeling the seeds of winter planning starting to come to fruition?
I swear by the sowing seeds Jan to March and you start to feel the growth of hard work anytime now whether that be by working hard on your body cleaning up the diet and exercise or in the job you are in.
This month has seen a surge of interest and bookings in my fitness holidays and classes are beginning to grow in numbers. Now I’m ready for the next phase of the year’s plans when I upgrade my websites and link them together. Two years ago I launched my on line programs but in the world of web you have to move fast and the next few months are of research and catching up with all new in fitness digital.
I also have three conventions booked so I can share the latest info with my clients and re boot their fitness programs.
Spring clean detox
Spring Clean Your Health

Spring is a great time to clean out your wardrobes,work desks — and your health. As we lift our heads from the winter fog we feel a surge of energy and its a perfect time to clean up your lifestyle. Diet- soups, stews, and casseroles lose their appeal, start taking advantage of seasonal spring food, especially the fruits and vegetables that are so tasty in the earlier part of the year. It’s easy to follow a healthy diet when you incorporate the light delicate spring food.

Seasonal food is a great food choice for several reasons,seasonal fruits and vegetables are at their best flavor and quality. Second, they’re in abundance, so they cost less at the supermarket or farmer’s market. Seasonal foods don’t have to travel as far or as long to our table as those grown in faraway locations.”

Great Seasonal Vegetables

Asparagus.
When visiting a grocery store in the spring, you’ll likely see displays of asparagus. For a delicious treat, fire up your grill: Spray asparagus spears with a little sesame oil and sprinkle with paprika, then grill them over a hot fire for about 5 minutes. Grilled asparagus should be brown in spots, but not charred.

Artichokes.When I lived in Greece I ate lots of these , delicious and. one of the highest antioxidant vegetables around. We are a little new to these and I think struggle to know what to do with them. To prepare an artichoke, tear off the outside leaves. Cut off the stems tips of the leaves and steam them serve drizzled with olive oil garlic and a little red wine vinegar . . A large artichoke can take about 20 minutes, a small one only about 10 minutes.
Broccoli. Broccoli is always a good choice because it’s loaded with antioxidants and is high in fiber. You can serve broccoli steamed or sauteéed, or try it raw in salads or with home made hummus for a crunchy snack.
Chives. Chives are one of the many seasonal herbs that are especially good in the spring and bring dishes alive. People who struggle with natural foods need to think herbs as their palates are changing from high salt and processed foods and herbs help through the taste transition phase to clean and tasty foods.
Fennel. Fennel is available in early spring and also in summer and fall. It has a slight licorice flavor and adds a unique taste and crunch to salads.
Greens. Spring greens include Swiss chard, mustard greens and collard greens.Toss them in a salad for a wonderful springtime treat, Don’t hide their natural flavors under a heavy dressing. Instead, mix a splash of lemon juice with a high-quality olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.
Mango. A tasty treat and a great puree for a fruit salad.
Spinach. Try spinach in place of lettuce in salads, sauteé spinach in omelette . Or add it to a smoothie to make a super fuel drink.

Seasonal Exercise: Get as Much as You Can

Spring weather can make it pleasant to workout out doors if you are not one for winter boot camps. It can make fitness more social and easier to pull those unfit friends into light activity by inviting them around for a trek and a BBQ.

When you were at school did you shy away from the winter sports? If you have young children or grandchildren make a social planner of outdoor activities such as a rounders or cricket family event with all of yours and their friends.

Think back to your school days were you rubbish at a certain event -challenge yourself to find an adult,netball or tennis team.

Spring Clean Your Mind

De-clutter your area,re structure your business,spring awakening , take a look at other business modules that you may be able to apply to your own. Check your time lines on your projects and see if they have moved into your quality time. If you use digital take a look at what’s new, the web moves rapidly. Rev up your motivation.

Prepare For The Clocks Changing

Time changes can sometimes throw out our circadian rhythms and upset routines. Forward plan now what you are going to do with the extra daylight hours. If it is giving you more waking hours then plan fun or relaxing activities that fulfill you this way your body will remain refreshed and rested as opposed to overworked and frustrated.
It is a time to get the children out to play as studies show that children will play easily outside during summer months regardless of the weather it is the dark that makes them insecure and want to huddle in a safe place.

I am in the process of creating a digital recipe book here is a SLAC recipe for you to try.

Clean Beef Stroganoff

Clean Beef Stroganoff


Beef Stroganoff
So Lean Beef Stroganoff

30ml coconut oil
400g braising steak cut into strips
1 large onion
1.5 red pepper seeds removed and sliced
250g button mushrooms sliced
2 tsp paprika
100ml water
250 g Natural Total Greek Yoghurt

Method
1 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
2 Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and add meat. Fry for 2-3 minutes turning once or twice until meat is browned, remove pan from heat and set aside/
3 Stir fry the onions until soft,add the peppers and cook for further 3 Min’s Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 Min’s
4 Sprinkle the paprika and stir coating the vegetables, add the water and yoghurt and reduce heat.
5 Stir in the beef and any resting juices. Transfer to ovenproof dishes,cover with aluminum foil and cook in the oven for about one and a half hours or until the meat is tender and the sauce thick.

Serve with brown rice and a greens side salad.

So Lean and Clean recipe’s can be found on the SLAC fat loss plan.
Created by Chef Adam Abbey.

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