Think your house is the only thing that needs spring cleaning? Think again.
Your body is your home too and it needs a good cleaning to stay fit, with all systems running optimally.
You know that feeling of opening all the windows in your house, letting the fresh air in as you remove the buildup from the previous season, making room for new beginnings?
It feels spacious, fresh and full of possibility.
Imagine that uplifting feeling in your body too.
Health is wealth so why wouldn’t you want to give your body the cleaning it needs?
It will thank you with greater energy, less bulk and a clearer mind so you can perform better at work and at play!
Here are my 6 Spring Cleaning Essentials for Optimal Health
1.Lighten up your diet
Avoid heavy foods such as meat, dairy, wheat and sugar. Winter is the time to enjoy heavier foods, spring is the time eat light. Enjoy clear broth soups, lots of veggies, smoothies (80% veggie/20% fruit) and juices (mostly veggie). Look around at what veggies are in season: lettuces, bitter green, especially dandelion greens are wonderful for spring.
2. Wake Up Early
According to Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, Spring season is associated with Kapha Dosha (Earth/Water). The qualities of Kapha include heavy and static. The morning hour from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. are also associated with Kapha Dosha.
The wisdom of Ayurveda teaches us that the longer we sleep in during Kapha time the heavier we feel.
Because both Spring season and the morning hours are associated with Kapha, it’s important to wake up at or before 6 a.m. so that we don’t take on so much heavy and stagnate quality.
Have you ever gone to bed late, slept in to get your 7 – 8 hours, but still felt lethargic all day? That’s because you sleeping in makes you more lethargic.
It’s best to go to bed by 10 p.m. and wake by 6 a.m. especially in Spring season.
3. Exercise Vigorously
Spring is the time to get out, move and sweat! Just like the rivers are running with water, this season is the time for the sweat to run down your face and body 🙂
Sweating is a system of elimination for your body and spring season is a good time to use it. Vigorous exercise gets your circulation going, eliminates waste and feels really good.
Choose your favorite activity and get your sweat on!
4.If you’re not hungry, don’t eat
Give your body time to process what you’ve already consumed and any excess metabolic waste in your body. Stop snacking and leave at least 3-4 hours between meals and 12 – 14 hours between your last meal/drink at night and your first drink/food in the morning. Learn to enjoy being a little hungry, and to discern between true hunger and the craving for emotional pacification.
5. Support your liver and digestion with herbal teas
The liver is our blood cleanser and we want to give it love in the spring. Dandelion root and dandelion greens support the liver and therefore the cleansing process. Cumin, coriander and fennel tea with fresh ginger is another great option. Warming spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and clove still work well in spring to help circulation and movement and avoid stagnation. Recipe for cumin, coriander and fennel tea: 1/2 teaspoon of each seed (it’s important that you use seeds, not ground spices). Put in a quart of water, bring to a boil, turn heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool, strain and enjoy. Add a few pieces of fresh ginger and you can also add dandelion root and/or leaf too!
6. Try a day of kitchari mono-diet.
Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic meal of basmati rice, yellow mung beans and ghee (clarified butter) with a spice mixture that stimulates digestion. A day of kitchari resets your digestion by revving it up so that it processes excess metabolic waste in the body. Pick a day where you eat kitchari for breakfast, lunch and dinner without snacking in between. Drink CCF tea (above) and water. If you like it, you can do 3-5 days of a kitchari mono-diet cleanse.
Put your health first this spring and incorporate these 6 habits into your wellness routine. If you do, you’ll feel lighter, have more energy and feel primed to perform at your best at work, at home and when you adventure.
New habits can be challenging at first so if you want support to get these habits to stick and a you’re ready for a 5 day spring cleaning, join my upcoming Guided Spring Cleanse. Get support from other like-minded women who are committed to being the healthiest they can be and supporting each other on the journey.
Click Here for info and registration.