The New Year is a great time to press the reset button and consider making changes to your diet and lifestyle routine. Go Green in 2016 is based around small, yet effective steps to make long standing changes to your daily habits and health. Its important to remember that a new habit or routine is set in as little as 25 days. So, how to get to day 25? Set SMART goal/s for the week and month, plan ahead and consistency is the key.
Going Green - vegetables. Making a small change to your diet, such as adding more green vegetables to your meals, is a simple and painless way to improve your overall health and nutrient profile. It is best not to place too much pressure on yourself, and the easier the changes are to implement into your lifestyle, the more chance of success. I like to set SMART goals with my clients to help them feel comfortable with the task ahead, and to set workable goals tailored to their life.
An example of a dietary Go Green in 2016 SMART goal is: "I will include at least 2 green vegetable sources in my daily diet, at least 3 times per week". This smart goal allows 'wriggle room' and is manageable without pressure to change. Making a first step to living clean and green should be gentle, and will hopefully improve on what you have already been doing in 2015. Perhaps you were eating well in 2015, yet you had trouble with being consistent with your diet choices, let 2016 be the year you make the change a habit.
What are the benefits of including more green vegetables in my diet? Green vegies, especially green leafy vegies, are a great source of Vit C, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium and fibre. In the case of cruciferous vegies, such as broccoli - its great for your liver and hormone clearance too. Go for the usual suspects - beans, broccoli, spinach, zucchini and kale, but don't forget some of my favourites - artichokes (great shaved in salad with olive oil and lemon dressing), broad beans (delicious on bruschetta), silverbeet, asparagus, tuscan cabbage, baby brussel sprouts, rocket and endive.
Also, green vegetables are alkalising to your system. To learn about the Alkaline diet, please read my article written for Australian Natural Health Magazine.