Today is the first day of spring and with it comes a renewed birth of energy in nature. The once dormant branches and grounds transform into a vibrant energy. For those of us in colder climates, like the northeast United States are happy to see the cold, grey days of winter transform into bright warmer ones that invite to enjoy the outdoors once again.
This energy in nature is the perfect time to allow our body to follow. It’s the perfect time to take a good look at habits and set new health and fitness goals.
During spring I am filled with inspiration and a renewed energy to achieve them. After months of hibernating inside away from the cold, I am more active, creative and more apt to stick to my fitness routine. I do NOT have an affinity to cold weather so a winter day can easily take my intended outdoor run into an indoor social media posting of running memes J leaving me with a few pounds to shed and feeling just a little less energy than my warm weather self.
Spring detox is a great opportunity to give our body a kick start, clear and focus the mind and improve energy.
HERE ARE MY 3 TOP DETOX TIPS
- Eat Whole, Real foods:The best and most effective way to detox is to actually eat food. Our body has a natural detoxification processes and the purpose of detoxing is to assist our bodies in making that process more effective and even accelerating that process. Eating actual foods, (not starvation) is the best way to effectively detox. Eliminate anything processed, boxed from your diet. Avoid foods with added sugar, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, soy, and animal protein. Stick to organic fruits and veggies for you cleanse. Lots of vegetables, fruits, greens, and whole grains.
- Become Green Queen: The most pronounced color in spring is the newly budding greens everywhere. Agriculturally spring is the season for nutrient dense greens like dandelion greens, spinach, parsley, watercress, asparagus, peas, fennel, and mustard greens. Incorporate as many of these greens into your diet as possible. You can also add in additional dark leafy greens such as kale, Swiss Chard, and collards. The chlorophyll from the leaves feed and oxygenate the blood, and help your body achieve balance.
- Determine the Length of your Detox: There is no perfect time for every body. The length of your detox depend on your regular eating habits. If you have a healthy, whole food eating then 3 days is sufficient but if you have had a little more fast-food or processed foods that you know you should have then 10 days maybe a better plan. Choose a length of time that both effective and practical.
Remember, change takes time and a detox is not meant as a long term eating plan, but rather an opportunity for you to infuse your body with nutrients, help your body with it’s natural detoxification process and renew your commitment to healthy habits.
If you need a complete detox menu and meal plan, check out my Metabolic Primer Detox plan complete with recipes, menu and meal plan.
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