Summer is almost here (YAY!) and that means a change is in the air - literally. Warmer weather spells picnics in the park, walks along Bondi to Bronte and platefuls of rainbow salads. If you’ve been a little indulgent over winter and found yourself too many times buried underneath a doona with a block of cadbury’s chocolate and series of GOT (it’s ok, happens to the best of us), this article is for you.
First thing to do is do a little bit of a diet cleanse: during winter we are typically more inactive and eating heavier foods, and this can lead to our bodies storing additional toxins, leading to fatigue and sickness. Drinking lots of water and reducing your intake of processed sugar will do wonders. Note that many products disguise sugar in the ingredient list - if you see high fructose corn syrup, glucose syrup, maltose, rice syrup or dextrose - be aware this is actually just another name for sugar, and should be avoided.
Next thing on your to do list is to put more goodness in - fill your plate with an array of beautiful seasonal fruit and veg, and witness your tastebuds come alive! Citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, grapefruit and lemons; as well as greens like lettuce, peas, asparagus and broccoli are at their best. Shop organic or at the local farmers market to make sure you’re getting the optimal nutrient quality. Not sure what do with these tasty ingredients? Head to my recipe page - there’s loads of ideas!
Finally, take photos! Not even joking. Celebrate the delicious food you are eating, take time to taste it and recognise the flavours mixing in your mouth. Share your ideas with your friends and inspire a movement of #saladloving. Have a picnic with your best girlfriends on the weekend and bring a plate - see what others can create too and encourage them to bring their best healthy meal. Before you know it, you’ll be starting an insta page dedicated to wellbeing, salad and quotes. That is, if you haven’t already.
Written by Olivia Arezzolo, model, personal trainer, nutrition student and definite #saladlover. She’s currently in Bali enjoying tropical fruit like mangoes, finger bananas and dragonfruit, which stain her hands purple. And she loves it, every juicy moment.