As the weather warms up and comfortable spring temperatures become a reality, you may be thinking about slimming down and detoxing from those cold weather comfort foods you were enjoying all winter. With all of the fads out there, it's not always easy to know the best way to approach transforming your diet. We spoke with Hayden Slater, one of the founders of Pressed Juicery based in California, to get tips on the best way to approach cleansing, foods to stock up on in spring and summer, healthy ingredient swaps to make at home and more.
Growing up, Hayden was a self-proclaimed "fast-food junkie," and it wasn't until he got older (at close to 250 pounds) that he made a change. "I just didn't feel good ... It was just unhealthy. I was kind of fog-like, didn't really have energy and wasn't really motivated," he shared.
Then, in college, Hayden was introduced to juice, and he started incorporating it into his daily routine. "What I learned really early on is that, I know it sounds kind of crazy, but [if] you start your day with a greens juice, everything else kind of falls into place," he said. "Before I knew it, I just felt different. I started getting this mental clarity."
Hayden points out that juice wasn't the whole reason he made the transition he did, but it was a first step that helped him begin to eat cleaner and work out.
Now, Hayden opts for healthy meals, including some of his favorites like a Quinoa Bowl, Cabbage Cups and a Greens Tom Kha Kai Soup.
Check out the slideshow above to learn more about Hayden's journey to a healthy lifestyle, as well as tips for cleaning up your own diet -- including the two kitchen appliances that he swears by.