Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to shed our winter excess. In Chinese Medicine, spring is the time for starting new projects, for birthing new things. In order to do that, we need to get rid of the old first.
It’s natural to put on a few pounds over the winter to fortify ourselves against the cold. Then in the spring the body wants to lose this excess fat and mucous. Mother Nature provides us with what we need. Dandelions will soon be coming up – they are a great liver cleanser. Asparagus will also be poking their green heads up pretty soon – they are a great diuretic.
We can do a short juice fast or eat lighter to help the cleansing process along. Juice fasts should be done with freshly made fruit and vegetable juices (not bottled juices!). Accentuate the veggies so you don’t get too sugared out. If you are making a sweet juice, you can cut the sweetness with fresh ginger root or some kind of leafy greens or green herbs (like parsley). Just add them when you are making your juice. You can also take herbal teas with honey, and vegetable broths. Use organic produce as much as possible, for your fasts as well as cleansing diets.
Juice fasting is hard if you are working hard. You can go on a cleansing diet instead. Mostly eat lightly cooked veggies, soups, fruits, some salads, and light protein. Cut down on your fats and cut out sugars, gluten, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. Do your fast for a few days or up to two weeks. Then transition back to your ‘normal’ diet slowly. You may find that you no longer desire the things you were eating before.
If you are a yoga student, doing some upper washes and regular neti washes will also help the process along.
Cleansing programs also help slow us down, giving us time to reprioritize and conserve our energy. You will be clearing out your mind as well as your body. Then you will be in a better place to move forward. Enjoy this time out for you!
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