For two days, I’m doing a mini cleanse. There are so many types of cleanses one might do, and many people fast as part of their cleanse. I have decided, this time, to do a fruit and veggie cleanse. I’m drinking diluted fruit and veggie smoothies twice a day, eating gigantic organic salads with a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar and slices of avocado, and taking Super Cleanse by Nature’s Secret. If I start to get fidgety, I’ll have a cup of plain tea or a few nuts. Most importantly, I’m chugging 9-10 cups of water each day. Want to try your own smoothies but can’t decide what to choose? Give this handy little chart from Good Clean Health a shot.
The rhythms of our seasons lend themselves to helping us create habits out of spring and fall cleansing as our bodies prepare for different circumstances. Those dandelions in the yard bugging you? Pull the leaves (provided they haven’t been sprayed with weed killer) and add them to your salad to aid in cleaning out your bloodstream after a winter of heavy, starchy foods. April showers got you down? Let them remind you of thoroughly cleaning out your digestive tract, replacing filters around your home, and cleansing your sinuses with a Netipot. The heat and added activity of summer? Drink lots of water. As crops and bushes begin to produce, we are blessed with good nutrition if we eat them fresh. When the temperatures begin to drop, we add spices to our cooking, which in turn helps our bodies to warm up from the inside-out. Cinnamon in particular is helpful (to diabetics as well) to aid in the use of sugars in our bodies. Cloves aid in cleaning the air we breathe (steaming or diffusing), numb topical pain (think toothaches), and are antimicrobial (how helpful in the cold and flu season)! If we work with the seasons and rhythms of life rather than fight against them, we can learn so much about ourselves and God’s creation.
Need a little more inspiration to begin the summer eating energizing, clean foods? Try the link below for so much deliciousness that you may very well jump out of your chair, jump into your car, and buy out the produce at your local farmer’s market or grocery store!