Top 5 tips for restoring energy and vitality after a long, cold winter season…
By Rachel Marcus – Naturopath, Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher
Food and Nutrition
As we move into Spring, we start to embrace a different way of eating & selecting foods. During Winter, we gravitate towards warming foods that are heavy and dense to keep us satiated. The best way to flow into Spring with ease is to eat fruits & vegetables which are in season and to also introduce more energetically ‘cooling’ foods into your diet. ‘Cooling’ foods include raw vegetables and salads, bananas, summer fruits (melons) and anything cold in temperature. Foods that are in season during Spring in Victoria are bananas, berries, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, onions, potatoes, rhubarb, silverbeet, spinach, spring onion, squash and zucchini. Making this switch to lighter and cooling foods can support the bodies natural process of detoxification and gentle cleansing.
Herbal Medicine and supplementation
Increasing your amount of daily physical activity has more benefit then just shedding a few extra kilograms. When we engage in dynamic physical movement, we improve blood flow to all of our organs and this helps support our detox channels. We also increase the production of serotonin, which helps to make us feel happy and joyful. Certain forms of physical movement such as Yoga and Pilates have a positive effect on the digestive system via gentle massage. I recommend that you engage in exercise at least 3 times per week for 30 minutes. Start small by going for a walk in the park until you build up an exercise routine. I promise you’ll feel better for it! Join your nearest gym, Yoga/Pilates studio, go for a walk outdoors – just get moving!
Spending time in nature is vital for wellness. As we have been retreating during the Winter months, we have missed out on time spent in the sunshine, touching our bare feet on the earth and receiving the Vitamin D levels that we require for optimal health. As the weather improves, aim to spend some time outside without getting burnt. Go for a walk in the morning sunshine, spend time gardening or sitting outside at a cafe for lunch. You’ll begin to feel the power of the sun reviving and restoring your energy and spirit.
Cultivating self-love is the first step in getting your body back on track. Without self-love, it’s hard for us to take the time and space that we need to listen to and nurture our bodies. I encourage you to spend just 15 minutes a day cultivating self-love in the form of listening to music, yoga, reading or meditation. Allow your self the time to support your body and you will come back stronger than ever!