Spring is finally here, and I’m starting my soon-to-be annual spring cleansing/cleaning. I consume a fairly regular, healthy grain-free diet that is also free from sugar and processed foods. Our environment, however, is less than ideal, making an internal spring cleaning an important natural health experiment to try.
It is the time of year when everything is just beginning. Seeds are being reawakened and growth is all around us. The warmer months bring abundant vegetables like okra, green beans, zucchini and many more. Low-glycemic berries like strawberries and blueberries, packed with antioxidants, also flourish during these months (I’m starting a strawberry raised bed garden this month).
Our bodies need rejuvenation now, more than any other time of the year, to get ready for summer. We’ve endured the winter months by possibly eating more to keep our bodies warm. I think it might be somewhat instinctive for us to do this, as our metabolism does start to increase (although slightly, I’m sure) in response to cold temperatures. And, if we have been indulging in not-so-good for us foods, it might be a good idea to get off to a healthy start this spring.
Here are some of the things I plan to do for my “Internal Spring Cleaning Week” (starting this Monday):
- 95% raw food for one week (I see a lot of green smoothies in my future)
- Yoga 4 days during the week
- Interval Cardio 2 days during the week
- Regular, healthy sunlight exposure for Vitamin D synthesis (10-15 minutes)
- Roasted Dandelion Root Tea everyday (recipe in next blog post)
- Meditation for Mental Cleansing (30 minutes per day)
So, not only am I planning on doing things for the health of my physical body, I’m also using techniques designed to help me mentally and emotionally. Focusing on the individual in a holistic sense, I am cleansing my mind, body and spirit. Everything–food, exercise, meditation, social stimulation, sunlight–is interconnected, each one playing into every aspect of our health.
Do you have plans to start something this spring? If so, tell me about it in the comments section. I love to hear from my readers!
-This is The Healthy Advocate