Happy Spring!

Easter, for me, is a time for reflection and a time for action. I have wonderful memories of Easter egg hunts in all kinds of weather, kite flying in the field in back of my childhood home (Easter is often a windy holiday in Idaho.) and delicious family dinners. And, memories of the fun of coloring eggs and creating Easter egg hunts and dinners for my own kids. Great stuff.

I love the beginning of this warmer time of year. Spring energizes me! I wake up earlier, spring out of bed without the alarm and feel motivated to clean, clean, clean. And, this is also the time when I plan my summer and early fall. Lots to look forward to including a tidy house.

Our homes are an exterior reflection of our inside selves and our bodies. Over the winter they collect dust in the corners, stuff that needs to be sorted, donated, or tossed and stale air that makes us want to open all the windows wide and scrub the counters with a fresh lemon. Our bodies are the same way. Spring is the time to clear out the heaviness of winter foods, get rid of the toxic load of spending most of our time inside and freshen up for summer. The easiest way to do this is with a whole food cleanse.

The process is simple. For 7 days eat fresh vegetables and fruits with some brown rice and, or, beans (soak both the brown rice and beans for 24 hours so they sprout). Quinoa is also cleanse-friendly. Get some healthy oil with each meal: olive, coconut or flax seed. Drink lots of fresh water – 60 to 80 ounces per day. Get some gentle exercise each day and pay attention to the shifts in your body. Rest when you need to.

Leave out all processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, sugar and animal protein. If you have to ask yourself, “I wonder if this is OK to eat while cleansing” it’s probably not. It’s only seven days. You can live without it.

The idea is to only put alkaline food in your body, which shifts the body’s chemistry and allows the cells to clean house, kicking toxins out into the blood supply where the liver can remove them and they can exit through the digestive system. Alkaline food is easy for the body to process and gives the digestive system a rest, also.

Cleansing really is that easy. 7 days is all it takes. Most people feel tired and a little yucky (flu-like symptoms) on days 2, 3 and possibly 4 as the body detoxes. Then, days 5, 6 and 7 are a steady climb in energy, clarity and feeling fabulous. You can easily do it on your own. One note: it’s super important that you continue to keep the body alkaline through days 2, 3 and 4 so the loosened toxins exit the body and don’t just resettle in your system.

If you are a first-time cleanser or you just know that you do better with support, I would love to have you join me for my next 10-day Energy Jumpstart. This group program begins on Thursday, April 26th and ends on Saturday May 5th and includes a 7-day cleanse.

I am really looking forward to this one myself! I’ve lead and participated in this clean food cleanse many times, and I know that it will leave me feeling lighter, energized and ready to get out and get moving! And, I’ll kick caffeine and sugar, (both have crept back into my world – dang it!) and feel like a million bucks.

If you could use a good house cleaning, please join me. Or, if you decide to do a cleanse on your own, let me know how it turns out. I’d love to hear about your journey!

Have a beautiful day, and a glorious, energized, spring. I’m off for a walk. The weather is perfect here today. Finally!

 

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