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    • Spring Cleaning (for your body!)

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    •  4/19/2012 11:45:24 PM
    •  It's that time of year! We go through closets, cabinets, and our garages to clear out the clutter and brush off those winter blues. How often to go we think internally when it comes to spring cleaning?


      This year as the sun has started to come out, I have noticed my body craving fresh clean greens! I am amazed that as I listen to my body it really does tell me what it needs. Take the time to take care of yourself.

       

      The buzz word that seems to be everywhere is DETOX. I get emails daily about spring detoxing. Have you ever considered that your body may need a detox? When I first changed my diet I started hearing the term "detox", previously I had only heard the term accompanied with drugs or alcohol issues. I thought it was something very extreme and I knew I didn't need one. I have since learned that if you breathe and eat on a regular basis your body easily gets a toxic overload and would greatly benefit from a simple detox. It doesn't have to be something major, just like pressing the reset button on your computer to get everything running a little faster and more efficient.

       

      Here a few tips to get your detox on!

       

      WATER!

       

      Drink a lot of it. Clean fresh real water!  Add one fresh squeezed lemon to your first glass of water every morning. Drink before eating anything. It will balance the pH level in your body and prepare you for a day a great eating!

       

      GO GREEN!

       

      If you don't green smoothie yet, start now. Make one for breakfast, we have a great basic recipe here.

      If you are a juicer, make it a goal to start your day with fresh green juice. 1/2 bunch kale,  3 stalks of celery, one cucumber, 1/2  bunch parsley,  one apple, one lemon is my fav! 

      Start adding fresh cilantro, parsley, dill, or chives to your DAILY SALAD! These fresh herbs and FULL of immune boosting antioxidants.

      In case you missed the bold DAILY SALAD above, add it to your regime.

       

      BREATHE!

       

      Take 10 minutes a day to just breathe. Clear your mind and take a slow full inhale and exhale. We eliminate about 70% of our bodies waste through our lungs. This makes breathing deep very important! If you have time, add yoga to your daily schedule. I know trying something new can be a little scary, but yoga has improved my ability to balance all that I have on my plate without feeling overwhelmed. 

       

      SLEEP!

       

      We set bedtimes for our kids so they can get the rest they need, do we forget to take care of ourselves? Set a bedtime. We function better when we go to bed early and wake up early. Instead of staying up late to finish those last minute projects, get up early. You will get more done and be prepared for all the day has for you.

       

      Try adding these few items to your daily routine. Set your goal, 2-3 weeks of adding these to your diet and eliminating all processed foods, especially SUGAR. Take notes and notice how your body feels. It may take 2-5 days to feel great depending on your toxic level. This is a base detox, there are many levels out there. if you want more intense email us!

       

      Loads of love,

      ~Newbie

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