12.10.17 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad

Spring is the ultimate time to embrace some lifestyle changes that will set you up for the best season EVER.

With beautiful weather, tonnes of fresh produce in season and the great outdoors beckoning, Spring is the perfect time to delve into some exciting and invigorating new habits that will give you more energy, lower the risk of illness and open up a whole new world of feeling awesome!

From eating to exercise, technology to tonics, we’ve rounded the best of the best with our Top Five Health & Lifestyle Trends To Adopt This Spring:

Meat-Free Mondays
If you eat meat every day of the week, you may soon find yourself dining alone with the increased awareness of health and environmental issues associated with meat consumption. Meat-Free Mondays is the worldwide initiative about cutting back on meat once a week for the sake of your health, budget, animal welfare and the environment. Mondays are traditionally the start healthy eating” day of the week so why not start it off meat-free. Think curries, vegetable braises and non-meat protein sources such as nuts, eggs, tofu, pulses, legumes and cheese.

Inflammation-Fighting Foods
Fighting inflammation with food is quickly becoming a major health trend and for good reason, considering inflammation is linked to everything from acne to life-threatening illnesses. Think superfoods, whole foods, spices like turmeric and any nutrient-dense food that kicks inflammation to the curb. It’s no coincidence that many healthy food trends (from the zoodle (zucchini noodle) and cauliflower rice to nut milk and vegan cheese) are on the rise as substitutes for inflammatory ingredients like gluten and dairy.

Less Booze, More Tonics
Tonics are going mainstream with the use of teas, tinctures, essential oils, and nutrient dense spices to help aid in digestion, soothe, and relax. Not that alcohol is labelled as bad, we’re just seeing it’s replacement set in and that’s more than ok and actually beneficial for our health. Whether you’re in need of an energy boost, focusing your thoughts, or quality shut-eye, there’s a drink for that. Our favourite? Kombucha. This ancient health tonic is attributed with several health benefits. The nutrients it contains are wonderful at supporting the body in various ways.

Technology is key
Knowledge is power when it comes to tailoring your diet to the specific needs of your body, technology is key. With the increase of apps that support meal planning, nutrition tracking and calorie counting, it’s never been easier to eat right. Find tools like our MySumo App that fit with your lifestyle to educate yourself about your food and take steps towards a healthier diet. Also, one of the biggest trends in fitness technology is wearable monitoring devices. Meant to be worn at all times, these devices can measure movement, calories burned, heart rate, sleep patterns, skin temperature and even blood oxygen levels. Investing in these tools and seeing results over time can be a huge motivator.

Fitness events instead of going out
Fitness leisure (combining your health goals with socialising) is on the rise as Australia becomes a more health-conscious nation. Gone are the days when you’re required to drink alcohol or eat junk food when catching up with friends. The concept of actually working out or improving wellbeing while hanging out with friends is booming. Fitness, friends and fun are the perfect combinations with the rise of people choosing fitness events over hangovers. Between the Flow After Dark Silent Yoga Disco, Nike Women workout and running series, Tough Mudder, Wanderlust and the Future Sounds of Yoga, there will be a lot of exciting events to attend this spring and summer so keep an eye out for them!



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